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Positive NarrowWayFarm
(7 reviews)
On Mar 7, 2016, NarrowWayFarm Brookville, OH wrote:

Took about a week to get our (complete) order during the "spring rush", so they seem to process orders quickly. Each packet came with planting instructions and they included an addition seed germination procedure chart for trees and shrubs since we ordered those types of seeds. I can't say much about the germ rate for the seeds, however if I find them unacceptable, I'll update, otherwise anyone reading this review (after spring/summer 2017) can assume that the germ rate was acceptable.

Positive Scribbles646
(1 review)
On Feb 8, 2016, Scribbles646 Troup, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased several packs of seeds and my tree collard cuttings from Bountiful Gardens in the last year, I had almost 100% germination on the Chinese Quince seeds, and everything came in good condition and the live cuttings have grown well too. They've also got a good catalog.

Positive 4RealFood
(7 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2015, 4RealFood Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bountiful Gardens is one of only two places I will order my garden seed from. I have had nothing but a pleasant experience with them and I will continue to spread the word about this great company and their wonderful non-GMO seed!

Positive paulobessa
(6 reviews)
On Dec 5, 2014, paulobessa Porto,
Portugal (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on December 5, 2014, updated December 5, 2014
Overall, their experience is positive they certainly have very quality seeds and variety, but you are billed twice.

I ordered a few times from them, almost all the seeds germinate and show excellent quality, but the fact that you are billed first for the order, and second for shipping costs, makes me give a neutral review. And slightly expensive shipping costs.

But if you want to get something from them, don\'t hesitate and expect just a second bill.

In terms of communication, I have nothing to complain from them. They seem friendly and supportive.

On December 5th, 2014, paulobessa changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I just changed my review to positive. I think my review of them is mostly positive, with excellent seeds, despite a few small criticisms.
Positive devinevegan
(12 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2014, devinevegan Igo, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on January 22, 2014, updated March 8, 2014
Posted on May 10, 2011, updated January 22, 2014
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated May 10, 2011
I ordered on 5/03 and received my order 2 days later which was great. However I did not receive my "edible flowers" packet which was $15.00. I emailed the company twice but have not received a response. They state that you will not be charged for your order until it is shipped. I was already charged for the flowers and they are shown as "shipped" even though I did not receive them.

On May 10th, 2011, devinevegan changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I ordered on 5/03 and received my order 2 days later which was great. However I did not receive my "edible flowers" packet which was $15.00. I emailed the company twice but have not received a response. They state that you will not be charged for your order until it is shipped. I was already charged for the flowers and they are shown as "shipped" even though I did not receive them.

...I was contacted by email with an apology and they are sending out my flowers! Great :)
On January 22nd, 2014, devinevegan added the following:

I have ordered from this company several times with great success. I highly recommend this seed company to other gardeners.
On March 8th, 2014, devinevegan added the following:

I made another order and they had a small mix-up, I emailed them and they sent out the correct packet right away and let me keep the other packet free of charge. This company does make mistakes sometimes but they always correct it right away and you come out ahead in the end. Super fast shipping with lots of unique choices in Open pollinated seeds. They do not sell any hybrids or PVPs - highly recommended!
Positive hemagloben
(6 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2014, hemagloben Estes Park, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

I just received another order from Bountiful Gardens and it arrived two days after I ordered it online. This is how fast all my other orders have been in the past. I'm pretty sure this is the fastest shipping I've ever seen.

I really appreciate their selection of compost crops. I've been restoring a formerly abused area of land and I've been very happy with the germination rates, and the vigor of the compost crops. I've had great luck with their Buckwheat, Clovers, Ag Mustard, Fodder Radish, Hairy Vetch, Wheat and Rye.

This year I ordered some Birdsfoot Trefoil, more bulk Ag Mustard, and I'm excited to try some Seakale.

If anyone from BG is listening, it would be great to see bulk Birdsfoot Trefoil available in the future. :)

I'll definitely be ordering more from BG in the future.

Positive weedsfree
(7 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2013, weedsfree Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

So far my experience with this company has been wonderful. After doing lots of research on their tomatoes offered and comparing prices and shipping costs, I decided to buy from Bountiful Gardens. I inspected the seed and they are great looking. If I have any problems with the seeds and or plants in the future, I will be working with them as best I can as I hope they will with me. I am glad I ordered from Bountiful Gardens and I just may order from them again.

Positive vifferx
(2 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2012, vifferx Burlingame, CA wrote:

Good quality seeds and selection is good, including a lot of heirloom varieties. A few packets actually came doubled-up as they noted germination rates were low (they were right about that). Packets have planting & germination info on them which is helpful and are also resealable. Have been able to germinate seeds up to 3 years past their packing season!

Positive mehitabel45
(1 review)
On Mar 11, 2012, mehitabel45 Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was very surprised at how fast my seeds came, and how many seeds were in the packages. Ordered on Thursday, delivered on Saturday. Pea envelope full to the brim. Nice.

I like the philosophy, and will be back to buy more seeds, and save some from this year, too.

Positive zanna
(5 reviews)
On Feb 25, 2012, zanna D, Central Florida, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on March 22, 2010, updated February 25, 2012
I actually ordered twice from this company. I am very satisfied. I ordered in February and March, and eventhough they were busier in March, my orders came fast. I was actually pleasantly surprised about how fast it was because the shipping is from California to Florida. I am very happy and I will order from Bountiful Gardens again.

On February 25th, 2012, zanna added the following:

This is now February 2012, I ordered a Oil Press and seeds on the 22nd, and I was expecting to recieve my order at the end of the next week at least. But I was pleasently surprised to see my order at my house on the 24th. I can't believe it! Wow, this is still from California to Florida! 2 days!
Bountiful Gardens you treat each and everyone of your customers like VIP customers. Keep up the good work, and may God Bless you.
Positive Cowgirl2mk
(1 review)
On Nov 10, 2011, Cowgirl2mk TRES PIEDRAS, NM wrote:

Bountiful Gardens was recommended to me by a vendor at a local farmer's market. I ordered several kinds of seeds, and so far have been very surprised at how much has come up - far more than I've ever had come up before.

There was a mix up between my order and somebody else's order. I called, got a real, live, caring human being who knew what was happening. She took care of me right away, and I had the right order within days.

So far I'm very happy with this company, and plan to order from them again.

Positive redjeep
(9 reviews)
On Feb 12, 2011, redjeep hillsboro, OR wrote:

This is a good little company. The customer service is good, and prompt. The seeds are good, the varieties are well considered, and of all the supposed do gooder seed companies, Bountiful actually does good things that are useful long term for people that really need a break in this world. If you are interested in growing your own grains, this is THE place. They also have a nice selection of vegetables that are prolific growers in Western Oregon despite our lack of sun or warmth. The folks at Bountiful can even tweek an internet order if you call them directly after making a mistake, and can be talked into adding stuff they have in the store, but do not advertise on the internet. I am a picky, high maintenance gardener, and Bountiful beats my expectations annually.

Positive Tabacum
(16 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2011, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

1/28/11.......I have ordered from this company for years....
Mainly for the following reasons: they sell no genetically
altered seeds and they are part of the Safe Seed Initiative
group that works hard to keep our heirloom seed sources
pure and unaltered.....My seed order for this Spring arrived well packaged.....Seed packets have adquate seeds and sowing directions....... germination rate in the
past years for their seeds has been good.....

Positive Indigoeyes
(2 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2010, Indigoeyes Kokomo, IN wrote:

My first time purchase of seeds from online retailer was a pleasant experience. I ordered $73.00 worth of seed of varying plants and received all the seed with the exception of 2 within a week time. The 2 back ordered was received a week later. All was nicely packaged and the seed envelopes provided planting instructions for this first time gardener. I have since had all my seeds germinate and thriving into healthy plants.I must say I did have a problem understanding their system of billing online when I received multiple emails of my receipts, but I was only charged for my order. After calling customer service, it was explained to me. Customer service was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I would definitely order from them again.

Positive 38671Gardener
(1 review)
On Jan 20, 2010, 38671Gardener Southaven, MS wrote:

I have placed orders with Bountiful Gardens on several occasions and have always received good customer service.

Earlier last year I had ordered some reading material from Bountiful Gardens; when it arrived I just tossed the booklets into the "to-be-read" pile. Several months later I made my way down the stack of booklets and found out one was misprinted. I called Bountiful Gardens and offered to return the book for an exchange, but they declined and sent me a replacement book no charge.

I encourage gardeners to use this company and to read their pamphlets. Very educational.

Positive kefir_mama
(1 review)
On Nov 11, 2009, kefir_mama Ashland, OR wrote:

I am mostly satisfied with Bountiful Gardens.

Their cover crop pamphlet (out of print) inspired me to grow these amazing crops for miles of nutrients pulled up, soil fiberizing, and biomass added to the soil.

I've bought from them over the years - this year I bought some inoculant and cover crops. So far, so good.

When I call with questions, they are helpful and look things up in their resource books. Earlier this year, I posed my questions via email and didn't hear back for THREE MONTHS. I was really put off - when I pointed it out, they explained the snafu and apologized profusely.

By and large, I'm glad to support them and think they do good things.

Positive Kimbrah
(2 reviews)
On May 29, 2009, Kimbrah Bakersfield, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I just love Bountiful Gardens! I did not order from them this year, because all the seeds I had left over from last year were still in great shape! The germination rate has been awesome for all the seeds I purchased from them.

I love that their catalog is packed with so much information about their products that you do not have to second guess yourself about whether their seeds are going to grow in your climate or not. I ordered some of their supplies as well as seeds and was very impressed and satisfied.

I will definitely be ordering from this company again!

Positive Mmill87
(1 review)
On Feb 10, 2009, Mmill87 Annapolis, MD wrote:

I haven't started the seeds yet, but so far my experience with this company has been positive. There are two reasons I decided to purchase my seeds from this company. I looked around at a lot of internet seed stores, and many sell seeds at a higher price than Bountiful Gardens; the few that are cheaper seem to have consistently middling-to-negative reviews. BG has a lot of good customer response, both here and on several garden discussion sites. The other reason is that I like the philosophy of BG, and the work the company does in educating gardeners/farmers around the world, and its emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
I purchased a number of seeds; the packets all have the number of seeds advertised; some have more.
The customer service is very good -- I sent an email a few days after placing my order (before I was notified that it shipped!), asking to switch one item for another, and they simply sent the item I requested in addition to the order, at no extra charge.
The prices are reasonable (especially considering what is being funded!) and the customer service is exceptional. As I said, I haven't yet started the seeds, but from the comments and reviews I've read, the germination rate should be great.
So far, so good!

Positive littlewhootsie
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2009, littlewhootsie Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bountiful Gardens is a great place, not only to order from, but their basic philosophy is amazing, and the work they do in the World is also amazing. They are a biointensive foundation
which means they teach ppl how to garden in other countries where otherwise they wouldn't be able to garden (biointensive is more food for the least amt of space, in one respect). Every time you order from Bountiful Gardens, you in essence "give" to the cause as well as getting seeds that are mostly "organic" or are not sprayed. They also have great books and tools you can order. The "WIDGER" is one of the most indispensible tools i have ever used. Most gardeners run around their yards w/a pruner; i run around my yard w/a Widger.

Positive kslefty
(1 review)
On Apr 28, 2008, kslefty Potwin, KS wrote:

Wow. I received my seeds by USPS two days after placing my order online. It doesn't get any faster than that.

Positive Sam_usa
(1 review)
On Jan 6, 2008, Sam_usa Garden Grove, CA wrote:

this is for every body needs to order good seeds for inside &outside USA
I've ordered five times some mixed seeds from this company and others and the result was wonderful with this Co's seeds i refer them to all people i know i was looking to write my experience with them and finally i found a way to say thank you .
i loved the mix large and cheery tomato that they have and the mix sweet paper
"if you love vegetables try those "

Positive thope
(4 reviews)
On Mar 20, 2007, thope Caddo Mills, TX wrote:

I placed a somewhat large order with this company and received it within a week. It was packaged nicely and though the packets do not have pictures of the plant on them, they do provide a little info about them. The customer service was very nice. And I already have a few seeds opening though I didn't expect it yet. I will come back and post of how their tree and rose seeds do. I'm following the directions on them since I've never tried growing these items from seed before so it is going to be awhile before I can comment. I really look forward to seeing what happens with them though. I like the unusual types they provide and that I know I will get the same plant from seeds next year is a huge added bonus.

Positive cannaqueen
(19 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2007, cannaqueen Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I chose this company because they have untreated, open-
pollinated seeds. Germination rate with these types of seeds
is awesome! Plus you have a seed source to keep next year.
I have a grow light unit where I start my seeds inside. I started my seeds January, 2007....the quinoa, elecampane,
and unique spinach varieties have already sprouted....This
company gives specific information on how to plant each type
of seed on every packet....order their catalog...its worth it...

Positive cherrisa
(3 reviews)
On Apr 5, 2006, cherrisa Antioch, TN wrote:

I have ordered twice from this company. Received my order quickly and have been very successful in germination. The only thing is if you are looking for a certain amount of seeds you'd better get two packages. I was supposed to get 200 pea seeds and ended up with 140. But not a big deal for me as I couldn't fit them all in anyway.

Positive TinyTomato
(6 reviews)
On Feb 24, 2006, TinyTomato Chardon, OH wrote:

Good selection of hard to find varieties, quick delivery, easy on-line ordering, and useful planting information make this an organization I will definitely order from again.

Positive bekados
(1 review)
On Feb 19, 2006, bekados Pensacola, FL wrote:

Love doing business with Bountiful Gardens. Seed packets are usually stuffed with seeds and germination is far and above other seed companies. Even seeds from the "Seeds for Kids" packets usually germinate. Customer service is great. Recommended to any and all!

Positive johngaltnh
(5 reviews)
On Jan 25, 2006, johngaltnh wrote:

These folks give great service. For example, I recently ordered some legume innoculant from them as part of a larger order. The new season's innoculant wasn't in yet - so they sent me the prior season's with an explanation. Less than two weeks later, they sent me innoculant for the new season at no charge. Naturally, I'll be giving them more business in the future!

Positive jonie
(1 review)
On Aug 13, 2005, jonie Hartsville, SC wrote:

I ordered diatomaceous earth from bountiful gardens and it arrived in a timely manner. I was worried about using it because the package stated that it is "hazardous to humans and animals". I sent an e-mail message to the company describing my concerns I got a very detailed reply within 24 hours. I am very impressed with this company and I will definitely do business with them in the future!

Positive EskieLeia
(6 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2005, EskieLeia Leesville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Good selection of vegetable seed - for what I needed and quick shipment. Received order within a week with no backorders. So far, I'm pleased with this company.

Positive RoseyQ
(8 reviews)
On Dec 22, 2004, RoseyQ Pueblo West, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Ordered seeds from Bountiful Gardens for several years and always been pleased with the results. Iíve found the number of seeds in each packet more than enough for my garden and germination very good. I like the varieties, descriptions, and growing recommendations given in their catalog. This is a company I would recommend!.

Positive gardenerette
(1 review)
On Aug 18, 2003, gardenerette Hermosa Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Bountiful Gardens provide excellent quality seed with a small but very diverse catalog. Lots of high-nutrient content veggies here. I live on the coast and the only tomatoes I can get to grow with success I have found at Bountiful Gardens. This spring I was cleaning out the seed box and came across a BG seed packet that was packed for the 1998 season. I thought what the heck and tossed them outside my front door thinking that they might sprout and if they didn't well the birds, worms and microbes could have them. It was beautiful! I estimate over 75% sprouted and lived to bloom (flowering annuals). They not only do good work with seeds, they do good work on a global level; I am delighted to be able to support them with my seed purchases.

Positive TracyL
(1 review)
On Aug 15, 2003, TracyL wrote:

Excellent service, and amazing return time! I think I got my seeds in about 6 days -- and I'm in Canada!

I will be ordering again next year from this company. The germination rate was phenomenal -- 100% germination with all 6 tomato varieties I ordered.

Positive jcgardengirlmn
(3 reviews)
On Jul 24, 2003, jcgardengirlmn wrote:

Sent in timely fashion and seeds produced a decent amount of viability. Didn't have any problem with seed quantity--knew what to expect from catalog.

Positive ninat
(13 reviews)
On Mar 11, 2002, ninat Joyce, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This has got to be one on the speediest companies I have ever dealt with, everything ordered was there (no shipping delays) amazingly quick. As well it was very nicely packaged with lots of helpful and interesting information. I finally got Seakale seeds after a four year long search and they have lots of other unusual veggies I am dying to try.

Positive Paco
(1 review)
On Jan 10, 2002, Paco wrote:

The quality of service is personable and professional.
The seeds I've gotten from them last longer than any other seed company.
I like that they sell a variety of cover crop seeds, and uncommon vegetables.
The Grow Biointensive method they promote ( is the one method I could truly say is sustainable.

Positive suniayang
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 1997, suniayang wrote:

Bountiful Gardens is run by Ecology Action which was created by John Jeavons to teach sustainable organic gardening techniques around the world. They also have a store in Palo Alto California, which is my favorite gardening store. For a couple of dollars, one can buy all the seeds needed for a vegetable garden. I've been very happy with their seeds.

Positive philliphurley
(2 reviews)
On Apr 1, 1996, philliphurley wrote:

Informative catalog, good selection of vegetable varieties not elsewhere available in US, and their seed is reliable in terms of germination. I also like their orientation towards organic gardening, and their teaching/research projects.

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