The seed catalogs are arriving at the Kaping household and it’s time to decide what seeds are needed for this year’s gardening season. I get excited when I look through these catalogs and think about my summer garden. I am not sure if it is because I am ready for the cold days of winter to be over, or the thought of having fresh picked vegetables on my dinner plate again. Probably a little bit of both.
Need a few tips on where to start with a garden? The first thing, is to order a seed catalog (they are free). I recommend checking out the following seed companies: High Mowing Seeds , Johnny’s Selected Seeds, or Seed Saver’s Exchange.
I like ordering seeds from these companies because you can order organic, or non-treated seed. You also have a larger selection of heirloom seeds (a seed that has been handed down for generations, and hand-selected for a special trait) to choose from and you can pick out varieties that best suit your type of gardening (ex: if container gardening, you can get a variety of seed that produces compact plants geared toward containers).
Here are a few other things to consider when ordering your seeds: if you are planning on growing items for storage (carrots, onions, cabbage), look for varieties that are good for storing; if you are growing items in mid-summer that don’t handle heat well (broccoli, lettuce), look for heat tolerant varieties; if you are growing salad mix, look for varieties that are more tolerant to diseases during wetter months.
I hope these tips are helpful and not overwhelming. Start small and develop your gardening skills as you go along. Take some time now in January to look through your catalogs. Make a list of the vegetables you want to grow and place your order soon!
If you are just beginning your gardening journey, check out our book, Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World® for more helpful gardening tips.