Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time to Order Seeds and Make Your Plan for Gardening | Family Economics
Can you believe it’s almost the end of February?
The end of February means one thing around my house - it’s time to get out the garden planners and get to work deciding what seeds need to be ordered and where to plant them. And if you start your seeds indoors, then February is the time to get them into the soil.
I have found that you get a much higher quality of seed when purchasing them online and you will have a much greater variety to choose from with an online seed retailer.
Most seed companies will allow you to request a seed catalog by mail and/or offer an electronic version of the catalog for you to view instantly (some catalogs come with a $25 off coupon, which translates to $25 worth of free seeds)! I recommend looking through these catalogs a number of times and making a list of all the seeds you’d like to purchase, including the different varieties of the same type of vegetable or fruit.
Next, take out your garden planner and map out your garden using the seed list you made from the catalog. Cross reference any gardening books that you might have to see what plants grow best near each other. From your planner, narrow down your seed choices and then finalize which ones you’d like to order.
As soon as your seeds arrive on your doorstep, you can start the long awaited “dirt therapy” for the new gardening season!
What are you growing in your garden this year? Are you going to try to grow any new vegetables or fruit, or are you sticking with your tried and true?