With more than half of Australia’s population under lockdown amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of the contagious delta variant, more Aussies are turning to gardening than ever before.
Whether to increase self-reliance, pass the time or indulge in some ecotherapy, container gardening and growing organic food and flowers are fast becoming the lockdown activities of choice.
If you’re based in Australia and looking to take control of your family’s food supply or just want to grow cut flowers, here are the online places you can buy organic, heirloom and non-GMO herb, vegetable and flower seeds, in no particular order:
(Note: Due to the volume of orders, many Australian seed companies and nurseries are experiencing delays so its best to order ahead of time as shipping is understandably slow).
Greenpatch Organic Seeds & Plants
This nursery and online shop has held an organic certification since 1993 so gardeners can feel confident that the seeds and plants they purchase from Greenpatch Organic Seeds & Plants have been grown without the use of synthetic and toxic chemical pesticides and fertilisers. The business also stocks a wide range of heritage and heirloom varieties that have been grown and established in the country for over 50 years. Whether you’re after organic seeds, edible plants or ornamental plants, they’ve got a broad range of varieties to choose from. Become a Greenpatch member to receive 10% discount off all plants and seeds and other exclusive discounts throughout the year.
For 18 years, Australia’s leading eco store has been helping Australians shop greener and better with their carefully selected range of zero waste items, slow fashion and sustainable lifestyle products that help customers fight waste, tackle toxins and reduce their carbon footprint. So it’s no surprise that they also stock a range of organic and heirloom seed varieties and are an official stockist to the Little Veggie Patch Co. Biome also stocks gardening kits and supplies including mushroom and microgreens grow kits.
The Seed Collection
For the budget-conscious Australian home gardener, The Seed Collection stocks arguably the most affordable heirloom, open pollinated, non-hybrid and non-GMO seeds in the country. The company’s no-frills approach (no fancy brochures and packaging) means that they can pass on savings to customers in the form of everyday fair prices. For instance, a packet of 110 basil seeds costs just $1.25 compared to the average price of $3.50 elsewhere. If you’re looking to establish flower gardens, The Seed Collection’s large selection of flower seeds will get you started for the fraction of the price you’d spend with other seed companies and nurseries. Browse popular cut flower varieties such as sweet peas, zinnias and sunflowers and edible blooms such as nasturtiums.
Eden Seeds & Select Organic
Eden Seeds began in 1986 as a mail-order business in the regional town of Gympie, Queensland and has since grown to become one of the largest providers of certified organic seeds in Australia, with its Select Organic brand created in 2004 and complaint with Australian Certified Organic standards. While a portion of Eden Seeds stock had always been organic, the distinction enabled the business to cater to sustainably-minded gardeners seeking reassurance of organic practices. Select Organic now sells 350 varieties of certified organic seed, all of which are open pollinated, non-hybrid and non-genetically modified.
For almost 30 years, this family owned and operated has been helping Australians develop their organic growing skills and may even be the first organically certified seed supplier in Australia. Specialising in untreated, organically certified, open pollinated, heirloom and non-GMO vegetable, herb and flowers seeds, Green Harvest also guarantee germination. While the website is simple and doesn’t look to have changed since the internet first began, don’t be deceived by its simple format. Most everything you need, from organic and native seeds, organic pest controls right through to books and gardening tools is available on their website.
Browse Green Harvest website here.
The Diggers Club
Australia’s largest independent gardening club and seed company was founded in 1978 and to this day, continues to introduce Aussie gardeners to old varieties of vegetables that big box retailers and nurseries no longer carry. On the website you’ll find a broad selection of seeds, flower bulbs, native wildflowers as well as gardening advice articles and recommendations for gardening events, workshops and books. The Diggers Club also continues to advocate against genetically modified seeds and food, ‘big’ agriculture and the centralised food system. Become a member and you’ll receive exclusive discounts and access to member’s only promotions
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