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Choosing Seeds

The seed catalogs arrive and I start to drool. I leaf through Totally Tomatoes coveting the many hundreds of gorgeous types available. The Fedco and PineTree catalogs are my standbys but I sneak peek Italian seed varieties at Gourmet Seeds, or unusual oriental vegetables online at Evergreen Seeds. Those do not even scrape the surface; the choice is overwhelming!

Every year (this year excepted) I am tempted to purchase too many packets of seeds. In a previous article I described my 60-40 rule: at least 60% tried and true varieties with 40% new packets for interest and fun. For the beginner or the small gardener, it is best to have a simpler seed purchasing strategy: two or three different varieties ofSeeds each of those vegetables your family likes to eat most.

Choosing Seeds When faced with almost unlimited seed choice, it is important to whittle down your options. Here are some questions to help you choose:

Even when you have made the best choices you can, probably you will have more seeds that you need. Join a gardening group that does seed sharing and swapping. Then you know none of those precious bundles of life will go to waste.