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Buying seeds can fast become an addiction like other people buy shoes. There’s always some new and beautiful plant I must try every year. Anyone else relates? Good, it’s not just me!
There’s never been a set time to order seeds as long as you have them before you actually needed the seeds. However, after the current events, I’d say you better make those seed orders NOW!
No matter how you plan to order your seeds whether you choose to order your garden seeds online or buy from a local farm store there are a few things you can do each year to make the ordering process easier.
Inventory Those Seeds!
Before I order seeds for the next vegetable garden season I go through all my seeds and make an inventory.
There’s nothing worse than thinking you have enough bean seeds and ending up half a row short when your planting!
I made this chart to keep in my seed boxes so I know how much and what varieties are in each box.
If you’d like a copy to use for your seed inventory you can get it when you join my mailing list.
When doing my inventory I also like to take note of how old the seeds are and try to use my older seeds first. If they are really old or you’re unsure if they are still good you can do a simple germination test.
To do a simple seed germination test take 5-10 seeds place them inside a damp paper towel. Then place the paper towel inside a dated and labeled ziplock bag. Place in a warm dark place for 3-7 days depending on the type of seeds. If all seeds sprout the seeds are still good.
If only one or two sprout you’ll want to replace the seeds or if you have a lot of seeds you could just sow them heavier than normal.
Make Your Need to Buy Seed List
Next, I make a list of everything I plan to grow during the next growing season. Be sure you double-check those seed packets and they actually have more than one or two seeds in them. Or in my case, the kids were helping plant and we ended up with an empty packet or two!
I have a list of regulars that I grow every year no matter what. Green beans, tomatoes, and peppers are always on that list. There’s nothing like green beans fresh from the garden or a tomato right out of the garden.
In fact, I don’t eat tomatoes during the winter because I just can’t bear the disappointing taste of a store-bought tomato.
I normally finish out my list with something new to try just because I love trying new plants. Who knows I might find something that becomes a must grow every year!
I always try to add a few flowers just because they are beautiful. Zinnias and sunflowers always have a spot in the garden the colors just change from year to year.
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Time to Shop for Seeds
The only thing, I consider when looking for places to buy seeds is they are open-pollinated varieties. I prefer these seeds because if I want to save seeds the seeds will produce a seed identical to their parents. You may want to look for things such as organic or natural grown seeds.
I would rather buy my seeds online because the selection is way better and I know I can source heirloom seeds.
With your list at your side, it’s time to head to your favorite seed shopping spot. If you don’t have a favorite yet or you’re new to buying your seeds online. Check out Mary’s Heirloom Seeds. I’ve had great luck buying from Mary she ships fast and has amazing customer service.
If you like paper seed catalogs Baker Creek and Territorial both have beautiful catalogs that are packed with information on the different varieties they offer.
I hope this will help you while ordering your seeds for your vegetable garden.
What’s your favorite must grow vegetable or flower?
If this is your first year gardening what is on your list to grow? Let me know in the comments. I do read each and every comment and love hearing about your gardens.