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Understanding the Vegetable Seeds for your Garden

Date Posted: January 28, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Understanding the Vegetable Seeds for your Garden
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To me, growing a garden directly from vegetable seeds is a wonderful accomplishment. To get to the point where you are harvesting fresh vegetables, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you battled the weather and nature from the very beginning to get to this point.

There are a lot of types of vegetable seeds to choose from, not to mention the thousands of varieties you have available as well. In this blog post I want to talk about the various types of vegetable seeds to help you make a better more informed decision.

Vegetable Seeds Catalog

If you are an experienced vegetable gardener then you already know that receiving the seeds catalogs in the mail is the equivalent of putting a lot of candy in front of a small child. You want it all, but then you have to step back a realize you don’t have the space for everything. Most seeds catalogs are free from their respective companies. My favorite is Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. They are not a seeds company per say, but they have lots of fruit trees, vegetables such as asparagus, potatoes and garlic and other gardening supplies that come in handy.

We have vegetable seeds for sale here with our Seeds of the Month Club (25% off a membership when you click that link), so as you can imagine I don’t need seeds, only the items we do not sell, such as apple trees, peach and pear trees, raspberry bushes and so on.

Most of the companies that offer seed catalogs are good companies that each offer their own little niche. Those niches could be organic vegetable seeds or heirloom vegetable seeds and free shipping. Prices will vary.

Home or Garden Centers

You will also find vegetable seeds for sale at your local home and/or garden centers as well as hardware stores and even in some specialty shops. There is nothing wrong with these seeds, but if you are looking for organic, non gmo or heirloom, make sure it either states it on the seed packet, or on the display case somewhere.

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Understanding the Vegetable Seeds for your Garden
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As a side note, stay away from dollar store seeds. While you may get lucky and get a few decent packs, most of those seeds are dated. This is not necessarily a bad thing if they were stored properly, in a cool, dry location, but without knowing that, the germination rates on these seeds might not be that great.

Organic, Heirloom and Non GMO

Our good friend Shawna Coronado wrote an excellent blog post, What Is The Difference Between Organic, Heirloom, Hybrid, and GMO?, so I am not going to rehash every detail here. Just know that organic vegetable seeds must meet a specified set of criteria to earn the organic label, heirloom vegetable seeds are those seeds that have been passed from one generation to the next and the seeds of the offspring produce the same exact vegetable, and gmo are genetically modified, meaning they were hashed in a lab.

I like going with organic and open pollinated, heirloom varieties. I know they are safe, not treated with pesticides or other cehmicals, and I can save the seeds from what I am growing. The choice is up to you, but you will find that the prices of open pollinated heirloom variety seeds are great!

Now get out there and start growing your own vegetables from seeds. You’ll save yourself a lot of money, and the experience you gain will be tremendous.

Happy gardening!

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Mike the gardener

About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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