It’s SEED time!
Depending on where you live, this time of year probably has you either buying, planting or planning what seeds and plants you need for your garden. There are many calendars you can use that will assist with your needs. One such calendar can be found on the Burpee Home Gardening page. Mother Earth News has a wonderful garden planner.
Here are some tips on getting the best from your seeds and your garden:
1. Read the Directions.
I know that “reading the directions may seem like a no-brainer. I rarely, if ever, read directions. I think “I know.” Then I find out after the fact, I didn’t. So read the directions where it says how to plant, when to plant, how deep to plant, etc.
2. Get your Seeds from a Good Source.
There are many good sources for seed. The best ones are from your last harvest, from a friend or neighbor, or from the seed catalog at the local garden club or library.
However, there are some times that you need to break down and buy some seeds. One of my favorite places to get seeds is from Horizon Herbs. They sell more than herb seeds. I love their seed collections like their Hoedown Seed Collection, Tasty Tea Collection, Edible Flowers Seed Collection, Four Sisters Seed Collection or My Mother’s Kitchen Garden Collection.
3. Prepare your Seeds.
Some seeds need a bit of cold/heat. Some seeds need to scarified. No, you’re not going to jump out and say “boo” to your seeds. You’re going to add a piece of sandpaper to your gardening kit. Rub the seeds along the paper and voila, scarified seeds! One of the best ways to prepare seeds is giving them a nice long drink of water. Yes, the number one thing to do for good results: soak your seeds!
4. Plant Seeds at the Correct Time in the Correct Place.
Plants are picky. They prefer certain conditions. Some do well under a nice grow-light or on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Others prefer you plant them directly in the ground they will be setting down roots. Make your plants happy and plant them in their choice of growing spot.
5. Share your Seeds.
One of the Permaculture Ethics is “Fair Share” or another term states the ethic as “Return of the Surplus.” Look at how many seeds are in one plant. For something as prolific as squash or melons, you may only need two to six seeds. Host a seed exchange. Barter with friends and neighbors for seeds you each want or need. Give the seeds to local garden clubs or seed libraries. Plant a seed of giving and sharing.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the SEEDS that you PLANT!” Robert Louis Stevenson.