Tips for Selecting Seeds

| 1/15/2013 7:35:02 PM

Tags: gardening, vegetable gardening, garden planning, Gretchen S,

It's time to start planning for spring planting.  If you haven't chosen seeds and selected the crops you hope to grow, now is the time.  Here are a few thoughts to help you get started.

Seed Starting 

Choose Seeds that Will Grow in Your Area

When selecting seeds that will grow in your area, consider your agricultural zone as well as the length of your growing season.  You can determine the length of your growing season, by finding the number of days between the average last frost and average first frost.  Use this information to determine whether the seeds you are selecting will grow in your zone, keeping in mind that many yards have small micro climates that will allow you some flexibility in what you can grow.  If you have 100 days in your growing season, don't buy melons that take 130 days to ripen.

Choose Seeds that You Will Eat or Like how They Look

This seems obvious, but so often we manage to buy some seed that we don't actually like to eat.  If you are willing to invest money, time, and space into growing a crop from seeds start by choosing your favorite foods and make sure to steer clear of those that are so-so. 

1/17/2013 2:33:49 PM

Gretchen, all good points to consider when planting seeds. The most important of the points is to grow something the family likes to eat. I like all vegetables but the family not so much. I grow what the neighbors around me like. Cucumbers being the top of the list and it just happens to be something that can be used to make pickles which is a great hit with my grandson. He can chew his way through a gallon of dill pickles in about two weeks all by himself. Another point to consider is space. Sweet corn, squash, watermelons, pumpkins, etc. all take lots of space. A small patch of sweet corn just doesn't do as well as a bigger patch. All the vining crawling plants will take up a great amount of space. There are bush varieties but I still like the take over the garden vining plants for squash, pumpkin, and watermelon. Have a great day planning the garden.

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