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Whether you're just getting your garden started, or want to keep the one you have growing, these Web sites will help. We also have lots of links on the best places to buy seeds, plants and other items for your garden!

Vegetable Gardening Resource Center
Information on growing a vegetable garden from the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener program. This resource covers everything from selecting the best site for your garden through harvesting your first crop.

chile pepperChilePlants.com Database
Search hundreds of chile and pepper plants by heat level, pod type, use, color, length, width and more. This is a great resource with lots of photos. The database is courtesy of Cross Country Nurseries, who also sell chile and sweet pepper plants.

The Gardener's Companion from The Old Farmer's Almanac
You can order your own copy of The Gardener's Companion or use their online resources, including frost charts, outdoor planting tables, gardening articles, book reviews and more.

hardiness zone mapUSDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Get it from the source! This is the official zone map from the USDA (covers all of North America). You can click on the map for a very detailed, close-up look at your area. Each area also has a list of cities that are in that zone.

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Cross Country NurseriesCross Country Nurseries
Don't want to start your plants from seed? Cross Country Nurseries offers live chile/pepper plants and tomato plants from April through mid June. They sell healthy large transplants with a great root system to produce fast!


Pepper JoePepper Joe
Pepper Joe specializes in open-pollinated hot pepper & chile seeds, with many 100% organic varieties available. He also sells other vegetable and herb seeds. If you're interested in growing peppers, this is THE place to get your seeds. I have purchased several varieties from Pepper Joe and they were all great! If you have pepper-related questions, check out his FAQ section or send Pepper Joe an e-mail. An added bonus is the free seeds included with every order!

Tomato FestTomatoFest
TomatoFest is the ultimate resource for tomato seeds. All TomatoFest seeds are (CCOF) certified organic, open-pollinated varieties. They offer unique varieties, such as the "Julia Child" heirloom tomato. A great feature of the site is the search — find tomato seeds by color, use or varieties suitable for a small garden.

Ferry-MorseFerry-Morse Seed Company
Ferry-Morse supplies seeds for annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables and other gardening products under the brands Ferry-Morse, Lilly Miller, D.M. Ferry’s, Jiffy, Source of Nature (100% Certified Organic), Semilla’s Ferry’s (South of the Border varieties) and Suttons (UK). You can’t purchase products from their Web site, but there is information on all of their seeds, which can be purchased in many garden stores and at some of the online stores listed here.

Totally Tomatoes
Devoted to the avid tomato gardener, Totally Tomatoes definitely has something for everyone. Their catalog (which has a color photo of each variety) and their Web site are full of hybrids and open-pollinated varieties of every size, shape and color. They have many interesting heirloom varieties. They do have some non-tomato items, mostly peppers, cucumbers and salad and salsa ingredients.

R.H. ShumwayR.H. Shumway
R.H. Shumway promises to provide quality seeds, plants, nursery stock and gardening aids delivered to you efficiently, error-free and on time. They've been around for over 135 years, so they should know what they're talking about. Their printed catalog has that old-time look and feel and there are many rare and unusual products to be found on its pages.

Every gardener knows Burpee! The Burpee company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876. By 1915, they were mailing a million catalogues a year to America's gardeners. Burpee is still a family seed company and now their seeds are available through their Web site. They offer many, many varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers online, with great photos and information on almost all of them

Botanical InterestsBotanical Interests
Combining the art and science of gardening, Botanical Interests offers a full line of untreated flower, vegetable, and herb seeds as well as a Certified Organic seed line. They sell only the highest quality seed available and the packets contain useful, practical information to help you become a more successful gardener. You can't purchase the seeds from their Web site, but they provide links for other sites that do sell their seeds online.

Fedco Seeds
Fedco Seeds is your source for cold-hardy selections especially adapted to the demanding Northeast climate. Fedco encourages sustainable growing methods and offers a large selection of certified organic cultivars and regional heirloom varieties.

Seeds for the South
Seeds for the South sells untreated vegetable seeds, flower seeds, and herb seeds selected especially for Southern USA gardens (zones 7-9). But don’t be fooled by the name. These seeds aren’t just for Southern gardeners. I found some organic seeds on their site that I couldn’t find anywhere else, like the Hungarian Yellow Wax peppers that I grow.

Victory SeedsVictory Seeds
Victory Seeds offers a wide variety of rare, open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, including vegetables, herbs and flowers. Explore their "theme" garden ideas — everything you need to grow your own moon garden, salsa garden or World War II Victory Garden, among others.

Do you have a favorite place to buy seeds? Let me know!

Other Gardening Supplies

Check out our Marketplace for all your gardening needs! Or visit:

Gardener's Supply CompanyGardener's Supply Company
Gardening tools and supplies including composters, seed starting equipment, greenhouses, fertilizers, and more. High-quality and innovative gardening expertise. Environmentally friendly functional solutions.

Amazon.com: Gardening
From pruning shears to greenhouses, amazon.com has tools for all your garden needs. Search for tools or browse by price or bestsellers.

If you have any other resources to add, please let me know.


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