It’s that time of year when seed catalogs arrive in the mail, the stores fill their gardening spaces with gardening merchandise, and many of us gardeners begin searching through our own seeds and supplies to begin spring planting indoors. Does this sound familiar?
I’m more of a direct seed planter. I simply enjoy the process, it seems more of a challenge and it actually saves time.
I have big plans this year, if the weather cooperates so this time around I’ll be doing a little of both, direct seed in the garden and starting seeds indoors for transplanting.
I seem to always have an abundance of seeds year after year because I’m continuously harvesting my own. If you’re new to gardening you have to begin somewhere so today I’m sharing some of the sources I refer to when necessary.
The items listed can be purchased at any garden store, or you can order online at your favorite garden supply store. Many of mine came from Home Depot; I seem to be spending a lot of time there lately.
A bag of All Natural Organic Seed Starting Mix
Seed Starter Containers – I like the cardboard ones but I also use small recycled plastic pots.
Cookie sheet for the pots to drain the excess water, this is a no mess system that I love.
The big question is who do you buy your seeds from? Many folks opt to purchase online because for years the retail stores were selling questionable options. Where you purchase is really a personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer. Do what works best for you!
If you have concerns about GMO, Heirloom, and Hybrid seeds last year Mary’s Heirloom Seeds shared her view on the blog, you may find this helpful.
Vegetables and Herbs
I now use my own harvested seeds, some came from my family and others came from, Seeds of Change, Territorial Seeds, Mary’s Heirloom Seeds, and this year I’m trying a pack of Martha Stewart’s non GMO organic seeds.
Choosing seeds doesn’t need to be a complicated process, now days you can go to almost any retail store and find labeled seed packets so you know what your purchasing. You can also research those companies online if you want to learn more about their business.
I do recommend starting with Heirloom, Organic, non GMO seeds so you can get the best nutrition from the food you want to grow. This will also allow you to harvest your own seeds so you can become more of a self reliant gardener. Visit harvesting zinnia and bean seeds, this was fun!
The most important thing is to get started this year, increase the goodness in your backyard and grow your own garden. Where do you think you’ll get your starter seeds from?