When I decided to get back into gardening in 2019 I had only a few packs of seeds from many years before. When I setup my first AeroGarden, I used the seed pods that came with it. But, then I was ready to experiment and expand. Over the past 3 years I have hit multiple seed sites and stocked up on seed packs! And when I say stocked up… I mean I now have enough seeds to grow a nice-sized garden for years and years.
Don't worry, seeds last for years if stored properly. In short, just keep them in a cool, dry place, and out of strong light. So, it's totally ok to buy a pack of seeds, use some and store the rest of later use. I still have viable seeds from 2017 that I'm using.
Not knowing much about seed sites at the time I had to just jump right in and try some. I took recommendations from gardening groups and did my own research. I ended up ordering from and recommending some sites over and over again. Why? Seed quality, amount, variety, and good customer service.
And yes, I am certainly open to trying new places! When I see a new site to try I get excited. Although, I REALLY do not need anymore seeds. But, once you start gardening and looking at seed sites you realize there are sooo many great and different varieties out there that we are not exposed to in grocery stores. So, have some fun, try some different varieties! It is eye-opening, and so much fun to try new things. We even have a saying in my gardening group, buying seeds is a whole different obsession than planting them!
We are deep in it already this year, but next year do not wait until the last minute to get your seeds for summer planting! Get them when you are able. I bought seeds throughout the winter not only for my indoor hydroponic garden, but also for outdoors. Companies do sell out. Many of us might remember how in 2020 and 2021 companies had no stock. And most recently, one of our favorites sites for microdwarf tomatoes had sold out of almost everything.
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Seed Starting Accessories
If you are planning to use your AeroGarden for summer seed starting you will need a few things.
AeroGarden Seed Starting Kits – They come with a deck that allows you to start more seeds than a regular deck, sponges, and AeroGarden nutrients. Be sure to choose the right one for your AeroGarden model.
AeroGarden Baskets and Pods
If you want to plant your own seeds in the AeroGarden you will need empty pods. Here are a couple of options:
AeroGarden Grow Anything Kit direct from AeroGarden
3rd Party Options on Amazon
Aerogarden baskets – (reusable)
Before you buy tomato seeds to grow in your AeroGardens, check out my post, 10 AeroGarden Tomato Tips for Newbies, to ensure growing success!
If you prefer to start your seeds in the traditional way (in soil), you might need…
1020 Trays – After using some recycled from a nursery, I decided I wanted to invest in some that will last me for years. I bought some durable, colorful ones from Bootstrap Farmer. I also purchased their 2.5″ Starter pots.
Burpee SuperSeed Seed Starting Tray – I used one of these to start some leeks. I really like them.
Seed Sites That I Keep Going Back To
These are just some of MY favorites, of course there are plenty of other sites out there that you may love, too.
Baker Creek (Best place for rare finds and interesting varieties, free shipping + free seed pack with purchases)
Botanical Interests (great selection of heirloom varieties)
Little Shop of Seeds (packs are only .75 each and they pack a lot!)
SeedsNow (great selection of reasonable seeds)
MIGardener (large, very reasonable selection! I order from them way too much) 🙄
Park Seed (Good selection)
Sandia Seed (Lots of peppers!)
Seeds n Such (20% discount if you buy 20+ seed packs)
True Leaf Market (They also carries Kitazawa. And I love that they include so many seeds in the packs!) – (coupon code MGE5)
Tomato Fest (Large selection of tomatoes, great variety!) –
Renaissance Farms (Best place to get microdwarf tomatoes, but they also have a great selection of seeds for the outdoor garden)
Urban Leaf (Really cute gardening gifts, kitchen gardening kits, and seeds)- Use code LITTLETECHGIRL)
I have had great luck with seeds from all of these seeds. You will find your favorites too and have a thriving garden!
There are a few other places that I recently ordered seeds from to try out, so this list may get updated soon! And of course you can always pick up seeds at stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Menards, and even Dollar Tree.