How to Choose New Garden Seeds

Gardening with New Seeds

Last month in the middle of December I received my first seed catalog.  Can you believe that? Normally they don’t arrive until the first part of January so my first thought was, “This must be some sort of mistake?”

My second thought was to toss it in the garbage but then I began flipping pages; the idea of gardening in 2019 with new seeds inspired my next step.

It’s been long overdue for new ideas and with Robert taking more of an interest in vegetables I dug deeper into that catalog.

With excitement front and center, I went online and ordered new seeds for 2019.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds got my business this year because they were the first to reach out and it turns out their timing was perfect.

How to Make Gardening seed Choices

How to Choose with so many options?

Looking through a seed catalog can be overwhelming, it’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry.  Everything looks so good and you want it all.

How does one choose with so many options choose?  Choosing can also be difficult especially if you have limited space.

The first thing I do is make a paper list with three categories then I browse through the catalog and just enjoy each page.

  • Flowers
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit – you may want to add a section for herbs too?


Floral Seed Choices

Choosing Floral Seeds

If you didn’t receive a seed catalog in the mail then go online to your favorite seed store and click through the basic categories beginning with flowers because I guarantee this will get you energized.

  1. Then go through the catalog or online category a second time.
  2. Begin taking notes by writing down each item you like with their list number.
  3. Be realistic about what you actually have room to plant and what will also make it into the ground.
  4. Try something new and be a little adventurous instead of repeating the same thing season after season.
  5. Also take into consideration if you’re adding new planting areas because this may guide how many seeds you can purchase.
  6. Once your list is complete then circle the ones you really want by placing the product number in the search bar and add to the cart.
  7. Warning – they add up fast – so at check out just focus because you’ve just begun your spring garden.

My choices were based on new varieties from flowers I enjoy growing and some fun greenery mixed in.

  • Madame Butterfly Snapdragon
  • Nigella
  • Benarys Giant Golden Yellow Zinnia
  • Senora Zinnia
  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

I’m also on the hunt for lisanthus plugs because they’re so pretty and I’ve never had the opportunity to grow them.  If you know where I can get some please leave a comment below.

It’s possible I may add a few other things if space allows but I think for now I’m keeping the floral accents pretty simple.

Veggie Seed Choices for 2019

Vegetable and Fruit Seeds

For me vegetable and fruit seed selections are normally pretty easy but this year I’m trying to spark Robert’s taste; this brings me to a lot of hybrid options. To learn more about seed varieties read here.

To be honest I’ve always been more of an heirloom gardener but decided to be bold and just do something different.

After writing down my favorites I had to back up just a little because it looks like our fall garden will be growing into Spring.  My planting space could be a tad limited but I will also be using the Quail Garden so I’m pretty sure I didn’t overdue it.

I passed on herb seeds because my inventory is perfect. For more on herbs you may enjoy: grow a bed of herbs.

Look at what I came up with:

  • Atlantis Mini Broccoli
  • Cornito Giallo Sweet Peppers
  • Diva Seedless Cucumbers
  • Tempest Yellow Squash
  • Plum Regal Roma Tomatoes
  • Tokyo Bekana Asian Greens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Sugar Cube Cantaloupe

Choosing New Seeds for 2019

Choosing new garden seeds isn’t really that difficult it just takes a little time and I find when you break it down into realistic categories it goes much faster.

Ordering online was also a breeze because I just typed in those numbers and checked out in a matter of minutes. Just remember to make your seed purchases sooner than later so you can get the varieties you want before they sell out.

I’m ahead of the game and excited to garden this year and we’ll see what Robert thinks of all this when harvesting approaches.

How to Choose new Garden Seeds to spice up your garden space. #Gardening, #NewGardenSeeds


  1. daisy says:

    Happy New Year! Thinking about the spring garden now that the new year is here is so exciting, isn’t it?

    I’ve eaten the Tokyo Bakana and it is luscious and sweet. I think you’ll like it. Looking forward to your reviews of the other new things you are trying this year.

    Enjoy this glorious day!

    1. Carole says:

      Happy New Year Daisy! I overslept this morning so not sure I’m really kicking this year off with gusto but that additional sleep was wonderful. I think Robert will really like that one too. His biggest complaint about vegetables is they have no flavor (Unless we grow them) So I’m really excited about planting this year going to really focus more energy in the garden and enjoy – absolutely enjoy the entire process. Have a great day – looks like we have cooler temperatures but the sun is shinning so I can’t complain.

  2. Patti says:

    So many great tips. I love all your flower choices. Lisianthus would be lovely to grow. I’ve never grown them myself but admire their rose-like shape in flower arrangements. Thumbing through seed catalogs sounds like fun right about now. Thanks for the timely reminders.

    1. Carole says:

      I’m excited about those floral choices too and I think I have a lead on some Lisianthus. It does look like a rose and so delicate. I’m always amazed at how long it lasts in vase arrangements which makes it a good alternative to roses. I think we should do a countdown to spring because I’m telling you I’m not a cold weather person. Hope you get some catalogs in the mail soon.

  3. I’m terrible about purchasing seeds. I just order more and more and… more! Fortunately, I’m very frugal. Therefore, I’m not spending too much per year. As a matter of fact, I’ve only spent roughly $25 this year. Through liquidation stores, group seed buying events (deep discounts), trading, and online store sales, I save a FORTUNE! Yet, I have enough seed to keep the county overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, and squash for 3 years, haha!

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome thanks for sharing all those details. Sounds like you’re going to be busy during harvesting season.

  4. Karen says:

    Burpee and Parks.

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks for sharing may have to look into parks

  5. Mary Warren says:

    Go to your local library before you buy seeds. Our library actually has seeds set up in a card catalog. Farmers and people growing flowers and herbs donate them. It cuts down on cost.

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome thanks for sharing!

  6. Sherry Wood says:

    I love seeds….I love free seeds given to me…and seeds I find cheaply which aren’t too old for planting and harvesting my own seeds. When I get sick, I select meds or herbs or even homeopathic remedies using kinesiology (muscle testing) . So why not do the same with seeds. “Muscle testing” seeds for your area is a great idea. I live in the northern mtns of NM and we have extreme sun, short summers and cool summer nights and 6 episodes of hail during the groning season. Thank goodness, I had outdoor materials covering my tomato plants. But yes….muscle test the seeds to your soil…to the area they will be growing.

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience growing in NM sounds interesting.

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