Vendor / Product LINKS:
Garden / Farm Supplies:
Here's a random assortment of vendors that can supply you with everything you might want for your garden! From minerals, to worms, to greenhouse supplies... they've got you covered!
Here are a few retail self-watering kits.
Fruiting / Nursery Plants (USA):
Sure you could just buy some random plants at a local nursery. But mail order plants have plenty of advantages. You get an amazing variety -stuff you've never heard of! And you can select exactly what cultivar you're looking for. I've personally ordered from each of these vendors and they all have unique plant selections.
California based nursery. You need to pre-order really early for Spring bare root shipments. These guys have an amazing selection of Dave Wilson's Nursery varieties. A HUGE selection of grafted stone fruits, with multiple root stock options. These are bred in the west coast, but at least partly compatible with an eastern climate too.
Washington based nursery. Offers amazing selection of plants you have never even heard of, including west coast natives. A good balance between selection and price. Sometimes the plant quality is excellent and sometimes just so-so. But they are still my preferred online plant seller.
Virginia based nursery. A broad selection of edible plants, including some uncommon varieties. Shipping is available year round, although stock fluctuates.
- Just Fruits and Exotics.com
Florida based nursery. Lots of unique fruiting plants, including an impressive selection of persimmons.
Oregon based nursery. They offer a large selection, including some remarkable west coast natives. In past years, I received good quality plants. Shipping can be pricey, but it's worth it if you can't find the plants anywhere else!
Maine based nursery. A great source for commercial growers, focusing on berries and a few edible perennials.
Everybody seems to have their favorite seed companies. But I think it's always nice to evaluate as broad a range of options as possible. Don't limit yourself to what your local stores have on the shelf. Mail order seeds are totally worth it!
- Pinetree Garden Seeds (superseeds.com)
DO NOT BUY!!!
- Direct Gardening (directgardening.com) Review:
Do not under any circumstance buy plants from Direct Gardening. They are cheap, but they are the WORST quality plants I've ever purchased! You can expect to get ridiculously small plants that are grossly root-bound, if not dead on arrival. Of course, many other plant types will be sent bare-root, even if it's the middle of Summer. Direct Gardening sells plants that are not labeled as bare-root on the website. And they are packaged very, very poorly with nothing to maintain root moisture. Expect that you'll be forced to mail back the garbage they send you to try to get a refund! If I was to give a review of Direct Gardening, I would rate them with ZERO stars.