It is cheaper to grow the seeds from the beginning rather than buy seedlings and transplant them. With seeds, you do not need to prepare a nursery. Consequently, purchasing quality vegetable seeds determines your success in gardening. Before you pick any brand of seeds for your garden, there are some crucial considerations that you should take into account.
In the first place, the seeds that you are going to use must be either the Pelleted seeds or the primed ones. Pelleted seeds are the already treated seeds that can be found at any garden center. Garden seeds are usually treated in order to protect them from diseases. If you do not want to spend money, or you have some alternative seeds, you can treat them yourself. Such seeds are known as primed seeds.
If you are treating seeds for the first time, you should know that different seeds are not treated the same way. For instance, Valerian extract is best suited for treating carrots, while cabbage, radishes, beans and peas are treated with chamomile solution. If you do not have the time or resources to treat your own seeds, it is better to buy Pelleted seeds. These seeds are well coated for easier handling. Before you buy these packed garden seeds, check the expiration dates on the packet. It is not advisable to buy old seeds. Although they may be cheaper, older seeds may fail to germinate or result in weak plants.
Secondly, you should choose seeds according to their growing season. You must pick seed varieties that can be harvested at different times of the year. This will ensure that you will have a supply of mature garden vegetables throughout the year. In many areas you can find vegetables for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Each of these vegetables has its own growth cycle. A good example would be to plant some broccoli, beets, and beans. If you do this, you will initially harvest beans, then beets. Broccoli will be the last.
When you buy seeds at a garden center or specialized grower, you will get packaged seeds with all information relating to planting and harvesting. All the instructions about when you should plant and harvest the seeds can be found on the packets. Pick a seed selection that will ensure that you have fresh vegetables throughout the growing season.
Finally, it is good to compare different sources of seeds. Garden centers and stores are not the only places where you can get seeds. You should find out what local farmers have, because they have experience. You can also visit a planter's market and see the varieties of seeds they have to offer. Local farmers are best suited to understand the soil and climatic conditions of the area, and they can provide the most suitable seeds for your needs, and often useful advice. These farmers can be found in the vegetable market or planter's market, where they sell their seeds. You will be guaranteed of getting high-quality vegetable seeds for your garden.