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The flowers and vegetables that your grandparents grew! Heirloom garden seeds have been passed from generation to generation, some for hundreds of years, and are untouched by chemical or genetic modification. Perfect for seed saving – they breed true – they yield classic, best-loved flowers and tastiest vegetables of the sort you won’t find in the supermarket. Many are condition-specific, disease resistant, and gourmet favorites. Start a family tradition.

Ask questions and share information here on our heirloom blog or over at our Seed Starting Forum. They’re both great places to ensure that your flowers, herbs and vegetables get off to a healthy start.

Indoor Seed Starting Tips

Garden Calendar

Moisture control, proper containers, and good potting mix are key to starting seeds.

Planting Onions In the Home Garden

Garden Calendar

The type of onion you plant depends on your latitude.

Old Seed? Or New?


How long seeds last depends on the type of seed and the conditions in which it’s stored.

Hybrid Sweet Corn - Sweeter Than Ever

Food Safety

But there's no sugar-coating restrictions on its use.

First Steps in Growing Peppers


Starting your own hot and sweet peppers from seed gives you selection, growing options, and enjoyment.

Winter Gardening


Protecting garden soil and starting vegetable seed outdoors in the dead of winter.

A World of Heirlooms


The Whole Seed Catalog is a compendium of news and information about the growing of heirloom vegetables and flowers.

Saving Tomato Seeds? Ferment!


How to soak tomato seed in its own gel for best germination.

Steps in Transplanting Seedlings

Garden Calendar

How to successfully transplant seedlings into the vegetable garden.

Thinning Plants in Your Garden

Garden Calendar

Tips and techniques for thinning out vegetable seedlings.

Sowing the Seeds of Change


Today's gardeners buy organic and heirloom seeds for their unique varieties, rich history, and flavorful harvests.

Hybrids, GMOs: Not the Same

Food Safety

Clearing up the confusion between hybrids and GMOs.