I have ordered the seeds for my garden. I may have gotten overly ambitious with my order, ordering 24 sampler packets of seeds. But, hey, they were $.99. I purchased this year’s seeds from SeedsNow.com. I chose them because they have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. This means that all of their seeds are “pure heirloom non-hybridized varieties that are free from genetic engineering.” Basically they are 100 % Non-Genetically Modified (Non-GMO). Some of the seeds are also certified organic. They have been pollinated naturally. Because they are non-hybrid, I will be able to harvest seeds at the end of the growing season to save for next year.
I did some research when choosing the seeds I purchased for my garden. Taking into account what was already available at the orchard up the street and what my grandparents grow ensured that we would have variety and not have an overabundance of anything. I also chose fruits and vegetables that I thought would be fun to grow as well.
What I am going to grow:
Alfalfa Sprouts, Banana Peppers, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Chamomile, Chives, Fennel, Honeydew Melon, Jalapeno Peppers, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Pearl Onions, Pickling Cucumbers, Rapini, Red Onions, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, Watermelon, and White Onions.
My next step is to plan out where I am going to plant everything in the garden. I will probably be following a square foot gardening approach. I’ll also use containers for the melons and maybe a few of the vegetables. I’ll be pre-sprouting as many of the seeds as I can to ensure maximum germination and less wasted seeds.
I look forward to sharing my progress!