Mark here, hope you’re doing well. Today I’d like to talk to you about Buying Seed Online for your vegetable garden. If you’ve never had a vegetable garden before or if you just want to know how to go about starting one I encourage you to go back and read How to start a Vegetable Garden Pt. 1 it will show you how to do a Vegetable garden Layout and some other basic things.
When starting a vegetable garden
Maybe even before you plan where to put it there comes a point when you have to decide what to plant in it. You can choose between Hybrid, Open pollinated, Organic, or Heirloom Vegetables. I’m sure there are other classifications as well but these are what I’m familiar with. Heirloom and Open pollinated can usually be lumped in the same category as far as I’m concerned but I’m sure there are newer open pollinated cultivars that aren’t considered Heirloom Vegetables there may even be hybrid Heirlooms out there if you really think about it. All vegetable plants used by mankind have been manipulated in some way to make the good food we eat. Whether it’s a beefsteak tomato, or a large squash of some type. Humans have been selectively saving the seed from plants that produced what we like to eat for generations. We will continue to do this for generations to come.
Hybrid seed is basically seed produced from two parent plants with desired traits one may have large fruits, and the other may have a lot of fruit per plant. These two plants are crossed and after many trials they end up with a plant that has vigor for the things the breeder has desired. In this case lots of large fruit. There is nothing wrong with purchasing hybrid seed, these are not Genetically modified.
You can also get Organic seed, this seed is produced by folks that are licensed to use the Organic label. They are held to standards like no pesticides or pesticides of a certain type. And lots of other things just to use that label.
Once you’ve decided what kind of seed
You can go to your favorite search engine and type in vegetable Seed sale, vegetable seeds, or garden seeds. Any of these terms will bring up an abundance of search results.
How to determine the best seed companies to buy from? Buying seed online is not difficult but I wouldn’t worry too much about whose the best seed company. In general just find the seeds for the vegetables you want or that look appealing to you. I’ve purchased seed from many of the seed companies out there and I’ve never been disappointed. They are all held to strict standards for germination rates. If the seeds fall below the standard they are required to note that. Most of them throw in extras, and in the spring most do have sales so look for those too.
Lets go back to Heirloom plants for a moment
Heirloom crops can be some of the best to grow, they are tried and true. It’s important to also think about if people stop growing them they could be lost forever. Many have been lost already. There are people out there trying to preserve these most important of seeds. You could become one too! Just find a rare type, get some seed, learn how to save that seed. Then just replant every year, most importantly share that seed with as many people as you can. I encourage you to grow heirlooms, and rare seeds even if they weren’t originally from your area. Plants do adapt over time, I’ve seen this in my own garden.
Now lets talk about how the different items are sold. Most things you find in a seed catalog or online are just that, seeds. But you may also find things called Crowns, sets, or bulbs. If you buy trees from a website or through a catalog they most likely will come “Bare Root”. Then they will also sell live plants ready to plop right in your soil as soon as they arrive. Take a look at the following list for a better idea about how things will show up at your front door.
- Rhubarb, Asparagus, and strawberries are sold as crowns.
- Onions, Shallots, scallions are sold as sets.
- Garlic I’ve seen sold as bulbs, or sets.
- Seed Potatoes are not seeds but the actual tubers themselves.
I like getting these packages in the mail, it’s even better if you have roots crowns or live plants too. You know when those plants arrive you have to get them opened up right away to inspect them. With roots and crowns they may end up in the fridge for a week or two before you can get them planted. When live plants are shipped it’s usually time to plant outside when they arrive at your home.
Growing vegetables from seed
Its not difficult nor is vegetable gardening in general, just plan that garden, find a good seed Co to buy from, and get those seeds. I’ll do my best to help you along the way. Next, starting seeds indoors, this is where the real fun starts! You can’t beat the first time you see one of your plants emerging through the soil for the first time.
Now that you know how to obtain those seeds, bulbs, and crowns. Where to get them, and what to expect. You can with confidence go and get to buying seed online to get your garden off on the right foot. In the next article I’ll show you all about planting seeds indoors, also what not to start indoors. Thank you, and don’t forget to sign up for the PermacultureFlora updates. Don’t forget to leave me a comment. Your thoughts are important.