Sunday, February 06, 2011
Seed Buying Advice
How many milligrams are in an ounce, as you try to compare two packets of seeds that aren’t labeled with the same unit of measure, so you can figure out which one is the better deal?
Is ‘French Breakfast’ a better radish then ‘Cherry Belle’, as you try to choose the one variety of radish you will grow in your garden this year?
Will you be able to find all those tomato varieties at the garden center in the spring, as you nearly hyperventilate over dozens, if not hundreds, of tomato varieties, spread across all those seed catalogs, and almost get teary-eyed thinking about how delicious that first ripe tomato from your very own garden is going to taste?
If you are asking yourself questions like those – just stop. Stop right now. You are going about this seed buying business all wrong.
Price comparisons? There are too many seed companies offering too many of the same varieties to spend the time comparing prices across all of them. Just pick a few seed companies that you really like and order from them. What you might lose by spending a tiny bit more on one seed packet, you’ll probably make up in reduced postage.
One variety of radishes? Or one variety of anything? What? Why not throw all caution to the wind and plant more than one variety of radish, or lettuce, or peas, or green beans or whatever it is you are going to grow in your garden. I’m all for buying the tried and true varieties for my garden, but I also like to try new varieties each year. After all, how much room does it take to plant a few extra radish varieties? And who knows what new variety will do quite well and become a new tried and true variety for you?
Wait until spring to buy some tomato plants? You can take your chances that there may be a few more of those varieties available, but if you have your heart set on one tomato variety in particular, you’d better order the seeds for it and grow your own. It’s not that hard to do, I promise.
I’ll be ordering my seeds by next weekend and following my own advice – picking a few seed companies to order from, ordering extra varieties along with the tried and true, and not passing up that variety of tomato that I definitely must have.
(And who just said, "Watch for an up-tick in seed company stocks -- Carol's ordering her seeds"? I do not order that many seeds. Okay, maybe I order that many seeds, but I'm not the only one!)