2nasvhille's ultimate guide to buying seeds online

In Nashville’s Ultimate Guide to Ordering Garden Seeds Online, you’ll discover mail-order catalogs that offer a wide variety of seeds, annuals, perennials, herbs, and gardening tools that perform well in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

You’ll also find tips on what to do when your plants or seeds arrive.

At Acer Landscape Services, we like to help you enjoy your garden and have the information you need to succeed.

The following seed companies specialize in plant varieties that are not often found at our local garden centers or big-box home improvement centers.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, feel free to give us a call at 615-350-8030 and we will be glad to help you find it.

The following is a list of some of our favorite mail-order catalogs.  Follow the links to order garden seeds online or have a catalog mailed directly to you.  Many of these companies are having specials and are offering free shipping right now so don’t delay in ordering your seeds in order to get the best deals.

Nashville’s Ultimate Guide to Ordering Seeds Online


Burpee  has been around for 125 years. They offer over 300 different vegetables, 500 varieties of flowers, plus fruits, perennials, bulbs, and garden accessories. All plants are guaranteed.

Select Seeds  has a fabulous selection of unique and high quality seeds and plants, specializing in old fashioned fragrant varieties and flowering vines and many hard to find heirlooms.

Territorial Seed Company  carries hardy plants and seeds for year ’round gardening.  Check out the new plant “Pumpkin on a stick” for use in floral arrangements.  All plants are guaranteed.

Seed Savers Exchange  is a non-profit organization whose seeds have been used by back-yard gardeners, chefs and farmers for over 35 years. Check out their online exclusives.

Mastergardening.com  has organic, heirloom, live root sets, seed growing strips, growing kits, gardening, and how-to articles.

Renee’s Garden Seeds is one of my favorite catalogs.  Renee offers heirloom, Certified Organic, and hybrid seed varieties that are proven to perform well in home gardens, have great flavor, and are easy to cultivate. Her seeds are not genetically modified or treated in any way.

Johnny’s Select Seed Catalog has a wonderful selection of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds with organic selections available as well as gardening supplies and seed starting kits.

I’ve personally used all of these seed catalogs and can recommend all of them as reputable.  Visit their various sites and sign up to have a catalog sent to you in the mail or order plants and seeds right off their online site.

You’ll find that they are all different and fun to look through and dream of warmer days.  Be sure and order as early as possible to get the best selection of seeds and discounts.

 


Tips on Buying From Mail-Order Catalogs Online

  • If you have questions from your mail-order catalog, be sure and call them. Most mail-order companies have costumer service people to answer your questions.
  • Order from mail-order catalogs online early for best selection
  • If you will allow a substitution made on an item you order if your first choice is sold out, state this clearly on the order form. You should see a place on the order form for stating your substitution.
  • Keep good records of any purchases you make. Having the item numbers, names, etc from your original order will help the company locate your information should a problem arise.
  • Know the company’s return policy. Sometimes there is cut off date by which you need to let the company know that there is a problem




What To Do When Your Mail-Order Plants or Seeds Arrive

Mail-order catalogs online come with very good directions, here are some tips on what to expect.

  • After you open the box, check to be sure that you have received everything that you ordered. If there is a problem, call the company immediately.
  • Your plants will most likely be wrapped in plastic. Go ahead and unwrap them to allow air circulation. Water them and give them the kind of light they prefer.
  • Your directions may tell you to let the plants acclimate to your area by placing them in a shady spot for about 3 days before planting. We all like to get settled and rest a few days after a big trip!
  • Once acclimated, plant as soon as possible following the directions that come with your plants.
  • If you have bought seeds and it’s not quite time to plant, store them in a cool, dry place
  • Keep bulbs in a dry spot with good air circulation until ready to plant

Tip:  Want to know the reputation of the seed company before you purchase?  Visit The Garden Watchdog at Dave’s Garden website. The Garden Watchdog is a free directory of 7,850 mail order gardening companies. At this site, gardeners share their opinions on which companies really deliver on quality, price and service.

Prefer someone else do all the work?  Acer Landscape Services is glad to design, install and maintain your gardening project.  Give us a call at 615-350-8030 or fill out our online contact form

“We’re planting the good life”.

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