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Before you start planting your garden, the first thing you need to decide is which type of seeds you want plant.
(Note: This post is talking specifically about seeds, but most of this information would still apply if you are planting seedlings, too.)
These are a few of the things that you’ll want to consider before deciding on which seeds to plant to make sure you choose the right seeds for your garden.
1) Choose the Varieties of Plants You Want to Grow
The first priority, of course, is to plant the varieties of vegetables or herbs that you and your family like and will want to eat.
You also want to think about the climate where you live (do you have long, hot summers, or shorter, cooler summers?) and plant varities that will do well in that sort of climate. Some vegetables, like tomatoes and peppers, really like the heat, while others, like peas, lettuces, and greens tend to prefer cooler temperatures.
And another thing to consider is how much sunlight your garden gets. If you get a lot of sunlight (6-8 hours of direct sunlight), then you should be able to do well with sun-loving vegetables like tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers. If you don’t have much sunlight, though, then you might want to stick with vegetables like lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and root vegetables.
2) Choose Between Hybrid and Heirloom Seeds
Once you’ve decided on which varieties of vegetables you want to plant, the next decision is which type of seeds you will use. There are two basic options when it comes to seeds. You can plant hybrid seeds, or you can plant heirloom seeds.
Both types can be a good option for your garden. (And, just as a side note, hybrid seeds aren’t the same as genetically-modified seeds, so they can be an equally good choice if you want to plant an organic, non-GMO garden.)
Hybrid seeds can be a good choice because they’re readily available at just about any garden center and because many of the hybrid varieties have been developed to be disease-resistant or to grow fast and produce higher yields.
Heirloom seeds, though, have always been my favorite. You really can’t beat the taste of heirloom vegetables (especially the tomatoes!) A lot of modern hybrids have been developed to make them hardier for the long transport to grocery stores, but many of the heirloom varieties were developed specifically for their amazing flavor.
Another reason why I love heirlooms is because you can save the seeds for planting again the next year. You can’t do that with the hybrid seeds, so you would need to keep buying those every year, but when you plant heirlooms, you can save your seeds year after year.
And, as a lover of history, my favorite reason for planting heirlooms is because I love being able to have a taste of history and experience eating the same varieties of vegetables that have been around for decades or even centuries. It’s so much fun to try growing the “forgotten” varieties that you never see in a grocery store!
3) Where to Find Good Seeds for Your Garden
If you decide that you want the disease-resistant or fast-growing hybrid seeds, then you should have a pretty easy time finding them at any garden center or hardware store.
If you decide that you want to have some fun experimenting with heirloom seeds, though, your best bet is to buy them online. Most garden centers tend to carry hybrid seeds rather than heirloom seeds, and if they do carry any heirlooms, then they usually don’t have much variety.
Since heirloom seeds are making a comeback in popularity, though, there are several online companies now that are preserving the seed varieties of the past and making them available for modern gardeners to plant.
A great heirloom seed company that I recommend is SeedsNow.com. I recommend this company, especially for beginner gardeners, because they have a lot of great resources to help you to choose the right seeds for your garden and to help you to take care of your seeds after planting.
Their seed “personality” categories make it easy to know which seeds will do well in your particular garden. And they also offer sample seeds packs so you can get smaller amounts of seeds if you want to try a variety out to see how you like it.
If you’re interested in getting heirloom seeds for your garden, you can learn more about the seeds that I recommend plus get a 10% off discount with the coupon code SAVE10NOW at the link below:
Have you decided yet which varieties of vegetable you want to plant and whether you want to plant hybrid seeds or heirloom seeds? Let us know in the comments!