Series: #3 of 5: Time for Spring Planting!

~Selecting WHAT Seeds to Plant~

If you’re new to growing your own food, start with some
sure bets that will save money and feed plenty. My top
four? Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and peppers.

4) WHAT to plant?

WHAT luck! Just when I was getting ready to write about selecting seeds for planting, the best thing in the world happened. My Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog arrived. It’s the first seed catalog I have received for this coming growing season and what a catalog it is. Later in the week, I will dedicate a post to Baker Creek Seeds, so look for it under MONEY opportunities as growing your own food will save lots of money.

But, right now, I want to encourage you to order your seeds so that whatever variety you want, there will be plenty in stock waiting for you. With home gardens becoming more and more fashionable, the demand is growing so the companies run out if you wait to order.

So, right away, I would decide on ordering from websites or signing up for paper catalogs in order to be ahead of the pack. Here are web sites where I’ve had good luck for the past few years:

For Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds click here.

For Park’s Seeds go to this web site.

For The Chas. C. Hart Seed Co. try clicking here.

All of the seeds sold by Baker Creek are organic and non-GMO (non-genetically modified.) At Park’s and Hart’s Seed companies, be sure and buy from the organic sections of the web sites. In addition to others that might catch your eye, definitely try:

Tomatoes: Brandywine, Risentraube (cherry), Sungold Select II (cherry), Cherokee Purple and Mortgage Lifter

Cucumbers: Marketmore, Bedfordshire Prize, Parisian Pickling and Ruby Wallace’s Old Time White

Lettuce: Oak Leaf, Henderson’s Black Seeded Simpson, European Mesclun Salad and Arugula

Peppers: Emerald Giant (sweet), Sweet Chocolate (sweet), Anaheim (mildly hot) and Chinese Five Color (HOT)

To share my excitement of growing tomatoes. cucumbers,
lettuce and peppers, here are four videos, one for each.

 

Baker Creek Seeds visits an heirloom tomato grower.

 

Vertically grown cucumbers are easy to fit in a small garden.

 

Clipping off outer lettuce leaves, leaving the heart to
grow and having fresh salads every day seems miraculous.

 

Hot and sweet peppers are easy to grow and add lots of variety.

 

Coming tomorrow, Friday, December 17: HOW to Germinate Seeds with What Equipment

I hate to be too forceful on recommending these gardening books, but YOU”D BETTER GO OUT AND GET THIS ONE! I am a BIG fan of Jerry Baker, having first seen him in infomercials on TV. His presentations are entertaining and elementary making things seemed ordered and easy. Here is what one Amazon reviewer has to say:

“I’ve always loved Jerry Baker’s tips and knew I had to buy his vegetable gardening book when I decided to start my very first garden in 2001. I liked the fact that he included both gardening organically and with the use of chemicals. His ideas and tonics are simple and environmentally friendly which I think is very important today. He also encourages planning first and then planting. My first time out I had great success and am looking forward to planning next years crop. I highly recommend this book for beginners as well as those of you who don’t want to waste time experimenting but learning from someone who has been gardening for many years.”

To preview, click on this link:

Jerry Baker’s Fast, Easy Vegetable Garden


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