Ordering Seeds, Stay Organized
Do you ever get so excited about ordering seeds that you double order? I do. It’s so frustrating! I pour over catalog after catalog. I make lists. I map out my garden. (Click here to see how to plan your garden) Later, I get all misty eyed at some garden ad or a new catalog I’ve never seen before, and I accidentally order something I’ve already ordered.
It’s annoying to be excited to receive your onion sets and then later get another box full. Where in the world am I going to plant all of these? No one wants to waste money or time. What can we do to make sure we are ordering seeds we need?
Plan your garden
The first thing you need to do is get your garden plan made. It’s best to make a map of the space you have any write down what you want to eat and how much room they take to grow. Then map them out and see what you actually have room for.
Overcrowding your garden may give your more variety of crops, but you may find they don’t grow as well if they are too crowded. It’s better to plant too few than too many. You might find more success that way.
Make a list of the seeds you have before ordering seeds
If you already have seeds, click here to check how long they are supposed to last. You may be able to use a lot of what you have stored. These times are, of course, just a range, and not exact. Seed viability will depend a lot on how they are stored. Humidity, temperature, and so many other things can affect seeds.
Once you have taken inventory of what you think might grow, make a list of what you still need. This way you won’t waste a bunch of money ordering seeds you already have.
Chose a good place to order your seeds
There are so many choices of places to get seeds. You can buy seeds at your local store. In my town, we don’t have any nurseries that sell seeds. We have big box stores like Walmart and Lowe’s that sell seeds, but they don’t carry a lot of organics or heirloom seeds. I much prefer to grow heirloom seeds in my garden. I can either drive an hour or more to get some seeds, or order online. I have a few seed catalogs that I love to order from.
I have been ordering seeds from the following companies and have gotten great quality seeds:
There are plenty of other good seed companies, but these are my favorites. I check my list of what I need and start combing through the catalogs or websites and see who has the kind I want of which plant before ordering seeds.
Order seeds from a variety of places
I rarely find all the seeds I’d like to plant in one place. I like to order a few from each and spread my business if I can. Things like sweet potato slips and seed potatoes don’t always come from the same companies that sell seeds. Garlic seed may be another company as well.
Just make sure the company you chose has a good reputation and sells quality seeds. My first year of gardening with the kids, I thought I didn’t know how to grow anything because a lot of what we bought did not germinate. I found out through more research that it was actually my seeds that were crap. I made sure not to order from that seed company again. This can happen at times. I don’t know what the problem was, but I know I’m glad I didn’t give up.
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Get seeds from a quality seed company
Make sure when you find failure in your garden, and that’s part of gardening, that you don’t give up on gardening. It takes a lot of trial and error. It takes perseverance. It also takes a lot of learning and practice to grow good food. It’s totally worth the effort. Click here to see why it’s important to grow your own food.
I just placed my seed orders for winter and spring and updated my seeds of the month membership for the next season. I can’t wait to see what all we get to add to the diversity in my garden. The kids love it when the envelope comes in. Everyone is giddy with excitement. Seeds are so much fun.
Ordering the seeds you need is easier than you think with a little bit of planning. Don’t make the mistake I always make and think you will remember. I always think I will, and I never do. Make list, and check it twice. You’ll be glad you did.
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