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Despite all RHS events being cancelled this summer, you can continue to show your support by purchasing seeds from the RHS website. They are also a great place to start if you’re looking to find plants that will be kind to wildlife and your eyes.

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are usually a beautiful retreat for London residents and tourists in the summer. However, until the gardens reopen we will have settle for their beautifully packaged seeds. The Kew heritage boxes are filled with selections of herbs, sweet peas and scented flowers.

Dobbies has a huge collection of different varieties of salad, lettuce seeds and herbs on offer at the moment. Perfect for beginner gardeners with a small plot of land.

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Thompson & Morgan are continuing to operate as normal during the lockdown. They are the best place to pick up a bargain pack off seeds. On their seed clearance page, you can pick up everything from lettuce to cactus seeds for just £1.

‘Planting now will ensure your mini crops are ready from June to November,’ says Louise. ‘Remember to pop plant labels next to each herb so you don’t get muddled. And position your window box in the sunniest spot you have – ensuring fresh and fragrant herbs.’

If you are a beginner gardener with only a small amount of space to grow your vegetables lettuce can be a great starting point.

Seed saving is a cornerstone of this exchange, as many of the heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and trees rely on this method to maintain their existence. If you don’t know how to save seeds but want to contribute to this mission, their helpful tutorials and tips will get you on the path.

Most consumers are familiar with The Home Depot as a one-stop shop for home repair, renovation, and improvement. They also have a decent garden section. If you are working on multiple projects around your home and just want to place one order, The Home Depot is a great place to do it. Plus, they have brick-and-mortar stores, so returns are generally easier than online-only retailers.

“This retailer offers the convenience of shipping or ordering online and picking up at the store and offers a variety of seeds from multiple brands.”

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“At this site, you can search by region, benefit, and growing condition for flower seeds that are good for the local ecosystem.”

If you are looking for a large selection of flower seeds, American Meadows is the choice for you. While they only carry seeds that will produce flowering plants, their sister company, Landreth’s Garden Seeds, carries what you need for vegetables and herbs.

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Because there’s never been a better time to start a vegetable garden.

It's official: the homegrown vegetable garden is making a major comeback this spring. With many of us spending more time at home and grocery shopping requiring extra precautions, many Americans are starting their own vegetable gardens, some for the very first time. According to Jack Whettam, sales and marketing manager at Hudson Valley Seed Co, orders have increased "by orders of magnitude" this year, and other seed companies report similar spikes in sales.

While many seed companies experienced shipping delays or had to take a short break to catch up on shipments earlier this April, most are currently back to accepting new orders. Translation: now is a great time to order and start planting all of those tomato, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. Buy vegetable seeds online at the sources below, then consult our month-by-month guide to learn what to plant when.