To have a good garden, you need good seeds. It’s not enough that the seeds simply are capable of growing — you want them to produce a crop of the desired quality under the conditions existing where you’ve placed your garden.
Some varieties of vegetables will only thrive under specific conditions, while others can produce bountiful harvests in almost any soil and climate conditions. If you’re unsure whether specific vegetable varieties will grow in your area, focus on those that have proven themselves in many different growing conditions, and are recognized as standards.
If you can, select varieties known to do well in your area. Don’t restrict yourself, however. If you have room in the garden to try a variety you’re unsure of, go ahead. Just keep that in mind so that if the experiment is a failure, you understand why (and you have backups so that you’re not without that vegetable for a season.)
You also want to make sure you have more seed than you really need. Sometimes your crop will be damaged by an unexpected late frost, or pesky insects, making it necessary to replant. By having extras on hand, you can quickly and easily regroup and start over. Keep in mind, that the additional expense is slight, and in some cases, moot, as most seed packages come with more than enough for 1-2 seasons for all but the largest of gardens.
There are many different ways to purchase seed. Many companies have online catalogs, but most will mail a catalog to you upon request. Because they often arrive in mid-winter, it can be a great reminder that spring is on its way, once the catalogs arrive.
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Local stores, such as your country hardware, or even Wal-Mart, carry seeds at certain times of the year. Don’t depend on them, though, as your carefully thought out garden plan will be for naught if the hardware store runs out of carrot seeds.
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Image by John and Anni If you use any of our photos, in any way, you must give credit to "Homestead and Gardens" by using a link that directs to www.homesteadandgardens.com. Tarahumara Chia (Salvia tiliafolia), also known as Lindenleaf Sage, produces an edible seed that swells up when in water, producing a gel. The Chia seeds that most people get at health food and survivalist type stores likely come from Salvia hispanica. The two plants (S. hispanica and S. tiliifolia) are related and both produce an edible seed that creates a gel when added to water.
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