There has been a nice article on ordering seeds
when you read this you should note the seed viability for common vegetable crops
The article has a lot of very good points such as
- Plan your garden. Don’t just purchase a survival KIT of seeds. Take the time to really plan for your climate, local bugs, disease’s, etc. You also want to grow what you would really eat or trade. Having a ton of tomatoes may seem nice but they rot if not dried, canned, or frozen.
- Evaluate what you planted in the past. Yes you have to actually plant something and learn how to keep it alive. I am seeing people purchasing a survival kit of seeds when they do not even know how to garden. Also, by growing plants you learn what varieties will work for you. Besides, gardening is fun!!!
- Make each plant count. Sometimes fewer plants that are well cared for you yield more than a bunch of plants poorly cared for.
- Check the viability of seeds and order larger packets of long-lived seeds. See the list in the article. Are you are going to buy a seed kit or purchase seeds with a lot of corn it that will be good for a year or two. Or should you be purchasing a variety of tomatoes could last half a decade to a decade.
- Choose seed companies in your climatic/geographic region. Local companies generally specialize in a niche market based on the local area and growing conditions.
- Preserve your seed investment by labeling and proper storage. Having cleaned up my seed basket this year I really appreciate the value of labeling. And after you have you seed mold or get eaten by mice you will understand the value of storage.
- Maintain a garden folder to collect seed receipts and planting information. All gardening is local, and yes there is tons of information on the Internet but not all of it is good, and not all of it applies to your local area. So it is a good idea to collect the good information and print it out so you will always have it.
- One I would also like to add is to know how to preserve what your harvest. If you are going to quickly eat what you grow then this is not a issue. However, if you plan to save any extra then you have to plan and know how to preverse the extra. My daughter loves cooking with dried tomatoes but they can be expensive. So this year we dried a large number of our tomatoes.
Well that is it for now. I hope this helps those out there save money and really prepare. So start planing your 2013 garden now, even if it is nothing more than a container of tomatoes or peppers.