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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Why I Plant Seeds...

This time of year finds me pawing through seed racks and wishing it were spring.  I’ve already pulled my favorite varieties of seeds, as well as a few new varieties I want to try.  So now I’m ready to sit down with the seed packets.

The seed packet is the single best source of information on how to successfully grow this variety.  So what to look for on the seed packet?  If you’re looking for organic seed, you should find the word “Organic” clearly marked on the front of the packet.  If you’re looking for flowers that will tolerate some shade, the seed packet should tell you that.  The seed packet will tell you how deep to plant the seed, how far apart, even how long it takes the seed to sprout.

If you need to know whether or not you need to start the seed indoors, the packet will even tell you that.  There are certain seed varieties that have a particularly long growing season and are recommended to be started indoors—ornamentals like impatiens, coleus, and columbines, as well as long-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  The seed packet will tell you how many weeks before the last frost date to start (by the way, because we’ve had frosts here in late April, I count back from May 1, to be safe.)

Why do I start most of my veggies and flowers from seeds?  Well, the vast array of varieties, for one thing.  You’ll find all kinds of interesting and wonderful varieties that you’ll never find in starter plants.  Some of my very favorite veggies are only available in seed—Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes, for example, or Suyo Long Cucumbers or Jimmy Nardello’s Italian Peppers. 

With me, it’s also a little bit of a control thing.  When I grow something from seed, I know exactly how it has been grown and what, if anything, has been used on it.  And, of course, there is the fact that an entire pack of cucumber seeds costs no more than a couple of bucks.

And, you just can’t beat the sense of satisfaction I get.
 
Posted: 2/8/2016 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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