Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A Look Over My Shoulder As I Order Seeds
Ordered them all this evening, from five different seed companies.
My first order was confirmed with an email at 9:44 pm EST. I'd guess I started ordering at 9:15 pm or so. The last order was confirmed at 11:15 pm. Other order confirmation times in between were 10:17 pm, 10:35 pm, and 10:58 pm.
(Fascinating information, isn't it?)
As you can see, the amount of time I spent on each website did vary a little bit, depending on what I was there for.
I pulled up the first seed company's website and just started ordering seeds, going through a mental list of what I needed/wanted, and writing down the varieties as I added them to my online cart. This is what I call the base order.
Then I moved on to the second seed company and started filling in with varieties that the first seed company didn't have, then on to the third company and the fourth company.
I ordered from the fifth and last company simply because they had variegated corn. But I couldn't stop at just one packet of variegated corn seed -- I also ordered two kinds of columbine (Aquilegia), Cleome, and a white balloon flower (Platycodon)
My next order of seed business will be to sort through the seeds I already have and figure out which ones I can use this year. (Someone is going to suggest that perhaps I should have organized the seeds I have first, then ordered new seeds to fill in the blanks. Maybe I should have, but I didn't, partly because I have a pretty good idea of what's left from last year, and or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
One other task to do before I feel like I've got my seeds under control for the 2011 season is to list all my seeds in a spreadsheet that I can print and carry around with me. Then when I see seeds I want to buy, I can check to make sure I'm not buying any duplicates. Oh wait! I have an iPhone. I should store my seed list on my iPhone. That would really solidify my reputation as a seedy gardening geek!
There are two questions people ask me about buying seeds.
Where do I buy my seeds? From several different sources, for different reasons. Nature's Crossroads, Pinetree Garden Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Botanical Interests and for the first time, Summerhill.
How do I know what to order? I've been gardening for decades (there, I said it - decades) so I have some tried and true varieties I always order, and then I just read through the descriptions and order what sounds good without being over hyped. I'm a sucker for any seed with a story that goes with it. And I'm pretty quick about deciding to hit the "add to cart" button because a packet of seeds is a small investment with the potential for a big payoff. I worry about the time and space problems later.
If you are a new gardener, don't despair, if you keep at it, someday you'll be ordering seeds this way, too.
By the way, if you haven't ordered seeds yet, or you've spent all your seed money and still want more seeds, you can enter a giveaway to seed your seed stash with six packets of seeds from Nature's Crossroads. Hurry, giveaway ends at 9:00 pm EST, Thursday, Feb. 17th.