Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow today and predicted six more weeks of winter, but spring is closer than we imagine. If you’re going to be starting some of your vegetables for your garden from seed indoors, now is the right time to start choosing what seeds you want to plant and deciding where you’ll buy them.

I was reminded of this yesterday when I was looking over a chart that gives timetables for starting your seeds indoors. If I’m going to plant the majority of my garden Mother’s Day weekend (which is usually the accepted date for the danger of frost to be over in my region), I’ve got to start many of my seeds by the last week in March. With how busy things seem to get, the last week of March will be here before I know it.

You can buy seeds at the local home store or even in your food market, but the selection is usually limited and the selection of organic seeds is even more limited. There are several great websites that have a large selection of organic seeds along with helpful advice. Take a look around these sites.

Seeds of Change – This site dedicated to organic gardening and seed preservation offers over 600 distinct varieties of 100% organically grown seeds for the home gardener. They also sell in bulk.

Freedom Seeds – The folks from Little Homestead in the City blog save the seeds from their organic, urban garden and pack and sell them. Their website isn’t set up for orders yet, but they will e-mail you a list of seeds and you can order from the list.

Park Seed – While not all of the seeds they offer are organic, Park Seed is a name most people know and trust, and they have a variety of certified organic seeds.

Main Street Seed and Supply Company – Main Street offers a variety of certified organic vegetable and flower seed for farmers and home gardeners alike.  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Organic seed resources
It may be several months before you plant your vegetable garden, but if you're starting your seed indoors, now is the time to start planning.