Organic seeds are a great way to make your garden – or even patio pots and window boxes – more sustainable. The chances are, you’ve bought organic veggies in the supermarket, or read about organic farms, but how much do you know about growing your own produce from organic seeds? The truth is, until quite recently, we’d never considered it either.

Organic farming is a type of agriculture which prohibits the use of chemical fertilisers and most synthetic pesticides. This makes it more environmentally friendly than regular farming, and by applying similar principles to your own garden, you can do the same.

What Are Organic Seeds?

Organic seeds are produced by organic, non-genetically modified plants, which in turn grow from organic seed stock. This means the seeds you buy have not been genetically engineered or bioengineered to produce certain traits and withstand herbicides.

Organic farmers (and many gardeners) are hopeful that organic food will eventually become the norm. The more farmers who grow organic, the larger the industry becomes, and the easier it is for gardeners to source organic seeds they can grow at home.

organic seeds for sustainable gardening

Where Can You Find Organic Seeds?

The best place to start is your local garden centre. They may not have a wide range of options, but there’s a good chance they’ll have some of the more popular seed varieties, such as organic tomatoes or peppers. These kind of organic seeds are easy to grow, even in limited spaces, and they’re a great place to start your organic seed journey.

Online catalogues

There are many websites and online seed catalogues that you can find with a quick Google search. They’re likely to be more expensive than non-organic seeds, but if you can afford it, it’s more than worth the price. Check out our post on simple side hustles if you need some help funding your seed purchases.

Friends and family

If you’re lucky enough to know any organic gardeners in your area, you can also ask them about local suppliers, or maybe even take part in seed swaps. You could also consider getting involved with The Seed Cooperative, a UK organisation which is committed to organic seeds and gardening practises.

Etsy or Amazon

It sounds unlikely, but you can buy organic seeds on both of these large online platforms. Just search for the type of seed you want, and don’t forget to check that the business selling them is certified.

Buying organic vegetables

This was where our experience of organic seeds began, thanks to some curiosity about the seeds inside a bell pepper. Scrape them out, rinse and pat dry, then germinate in a warm spot at home, and your seeds are ready to plant in less than two weeks! Once your own peppers grow, you can then repeat the process with the seeds inside. When you learn how to preserve the seeds of the produce you grow, they can be used year after year.

growing organic seeds

Check What You’re Buying

Survival seeds and organic heirloom seeds can be tricky to find. When buying these types of seeds, ask about the company’s history and growing process. Look for organisations which have been in business for a long time and have documentation to prove their seeds are organic, as well as those who are happy to send you samples.

You’ll find biodynamic seeds tend to be produced using organic practices which take into consideration regional growing environments. These varieties of seeds are noted for producing better yields in certain areas.

What’s So Great About Organic Seeds?

Once you’ve tracked down your seeds, how does using them contribute to a more sustainable garden? First of all, organic seeds are produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides. In short, that means they’ve been harvested in a way which is friendlier to the environment and natural ecosystems. Organic seeds can also grow into plants with lower levels of nitrates than some non-organic varieties. This makes them healthier to eat because it reduces our exposure to harmful chemicals.

organic tomato plants grown from seed

Embrace A Greener Garden

By using organic seeds, you’re taking a another step towards living more sustainably. Organic seeds not only have properties which make food healthier to eat, they also contribute to a more eco-friendly way of life and a shift in the way we perceive growing and consuming organic produce.