How to pick your seeds 101

Spring seems to be here!

Yesterday, I had a great visit with a friend. As we were sipping our tea, she was looking at a seed catalog and trying to choose what to grow in her garden this summer. And if you follow me on Facebook (and you should be.. if not, do it now!), you have seen that I have just ordered my own seeds. All this got me thinking…

With the overwhelming selection available, how does one choose what to grow?

You can find all kinds of articles online about it, you can find a lot of information on Pinterest (you can follow me there too!), but really, how does one choose?

Step one

For me, the first thing to do is this: Ask yourself, what do you eat? What does your family eat? Write down what veggies you and your family ate in the last week or two. Also write down anything that you really can’t stomach (for some, it’s beets, for others it’s squash). Now, put that list down somewhere safe and go outside!

Step two

The next step is assessing what kind of space do you have to work with? Do you get a lot of sun? Most veggies need 6 to 8 hours of full sun in order to do well, some need less. How is the drainage? Any other factors that could affect your garden? Do you want to grow in containers, straw, dirt, greenhouse, square foot? What is your growing zone?

Step three

Now, take your list from step one. If you are new to this or restarting (as I am), those are the things that you should start with.  For us, that means carrots, beans, beets, tomatoes, pickles, peas, lettuce, potatoes, onions, broccoli and cauliflower.

If you add in all the other factors, cross out what doesn’t work for you. This year, I can’t do broccoli, or cauliflower as I don’t have room to start seedlings. 😦 It also means that instead of starting my own tomatoes and onions, I will have to buy the plants later on, but I can grow everything else.

Have fun!

Once you have the basics covered and you feel like you can add more, try something new! It could be a new vegetable or fruit, a different variety, something that you have never tried before.

As you now know what kind of seeds are out there, if not, read this post; you should be able to narrow it down. I personally love ordering my seeds online through Heritage Harvest Seeds (not affiliated), but you can also buy your seeds in your local store.

I hope this helped a bit. I know there is so much more that can be said, but I will keep it short for today.

Tell me, what are you planning on growing this year?

You can leave a comment here, join the conversation on Facebook or send me an email! That’s it for now! Good night!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Eva Ketelsen says:

    Planning on carrots, peas, beans, potatoes… Question: my tomatoes were never a success, they all crack open before turning red… What could I be doing wrong?


    1. Most of the time it is due to irregular watering. If they go dry and then all of a sudden get a lot of water, the inside of the tomato plumps up fast but the outer skin doesn’t and splits under pressure.

      What can you do to prevent it?
      1. Water regularly. Every 2 to 3 days deeply.
      2. Water them at ground level not on the leaves.
      3. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch (wood shavings, plastic shavings or straw) to help retain moisture.

      The tomatoes are still perfectly edible by the way if they make it to maturity that is.

      I hope this helps a bit!


  2. this info is extremely helpful!


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