The days have started getting longer again in Europe, some of us might already be starting to think about the coming season. Some seed can already be sewn indoors in February, so you might want to start sourcing your seed now. This is especially important if you want to order it online, businesses have trouble keeping up with orders once spring is nearing, you don’t want to receive your seed too late – then it is next to useless for this season. We recommend open pollinated seeds where possible (rather than hybrid). That way you can save your own seeds for next season. Generally if a seed is not labeled as a hybrid then it will be open pollinated, but if you are unsure then ask the person/business you are buying it from.
If you want to learn how to save your own seeds for next season, the ASEED website has some resources and guides to help you on this path.
In the Netherlands we often get our seeds from De Bolster or from Vreeken’s Zaden. Vreeken has a mix of organic and non organic and of hybrid and open pollinated, however, they have a lot of unusual edibles that are hard to source elsewhere. De Bolster has organic seed and almost all their varieties are open pollinated.