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Garden Seeds Buying Guide

Some garden seeds are no larger than grains of sand, while others resemble full-grown flower heads. Whatever you choose to plant and grow, garden seeds reward with steady growth and incredible variety.

Types of Garden Seeds

Types of Garden Seeds

To the uninitiated, it seems nearly impossible: A whole garden -- full of perennials, annuals, vegetables, or herbs -- can be grown from just a few packets of seeds. That is the magic and beauty of garden seeds: They are inexpensive and amazing. And growing plants from seeds is not as difficult as it may seem; you can start them indoors if you have an inexpensive plant light, or you can wait until the soil warms and plant the seeds directly outside. Consider, then, the following types of garden seeds -- vegetables, annuals, perennials, vines, and herbs -- and get started on your garden seed journey.

Vegetables

Nearly all vegetables can be grown from garden seeds, particularly if you have a space indoors to give them a head start. Some, such as lettuce, can endure colder outdoor temperatures and still mature, while others have enough growing time once the ground warms.

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$17.75

Flower Sprouts are a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale which, unlike Brussels sprouts, remain open and resemble attractive, ...colorful flowers. They grow on tall, upright plants just like Brussels sprouts. The tender, mildly flavored sprouts have an excellent eating quality and are suitable for sales to high-end restaurants and specialty markets. They are excellent lightly steamed or saut ed. One marketing suggestion is to sell them in clam shells. Not quite as hardy to cold weather as Brussels sprouts or kale. This mix contains three varieties. Avg. 117,800 seeds/lb. Packet: 40 seeds. Flower Sprouts Brassica oleracea - Days to Maturity or Bloom 140 read more

FM-Health Smart
$18.99

Shop for Garden Center at The Home Depot. FM-Health Smart 500 mg Nutri-Red Carrot Seed produces red carrots up to 9 in. long with ...crispy roots that make a flavorful dish when cooked. The carrot is high in Lycopene. read more

Farmers Market
$8.10

Tendergreen Cucumber seeds are certified organic and harvested from independently owned farms - makes for a great slicing cucumber... or use for pickling. The Tendergreen Cucumbers are arguably the best variety of cucumber we offer for pickling but is also delicious as a slicing cucumber in salads. This variety of cucumber is produces straight, thick, and tender fruit. They have a medium green skin with fine black spines, medium sized vines and is cucumber mosaic virus-tolerant. It's not recommended to plant these seeds directly outdoors, instead plant indoors 4 weeks prior to the last spring frost date and then transplant the start outdoors 6 weeks later. Placing: Full Sun Planting Depth: 1/2-inch. Spacing: 12 - 24-inch. Maturity: 55 Days Plant Type: Annual 10-percent of all seed sales will be donated to the State Farmers Market Association We feel it's very important to support local farms, farmers and their families. This line of seeds was developed in collaboration with the State Farmers Market Association. For each on-line purchase we will donate 10-percent of seed sales to the Farmers Market Association so they can continue to support local markets and help local farmers. Our Heritage Farmers Market Seeds are Certified Organic seeds from small, independent farms. For four generations our family-run seed packing business has provided quality seed to farmers and families. It all started with our Great Grandfather, Cecil Solly, a horticulturalist in the Seattle, Washington area from 1924 until his death in 1965. During his lifetime he was the editor for Northwest Gardens Magazine, had a daily column in The Seattle Times, The Tacoma News Tribune and Western Homes Magazine. He starred in a 30 year running daily radio program called "Garden on the Air" and was Founder and President of the Puget Sound Seed Company. Grandpa Cecil was very active in local gardening communities and clubs - always ready and willing to share his gardening knowledge. read more

Farmers Market
$8.28

These Butternut Squash seeds are the only northern-friendly variety of butternut. These squashes are a compact variety that grows ...as a semi-bush like plant and is quite productive. The fruits are 10-12-inch long, tan, and are uniform and fairly blocky shaped. This squash is delicious with the typical sweet, butternut flavored flesh. It's recommended to plant Butternut Squash seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost date. Transplant after last frost danger. You can also plant them directly outdoors in late spring after last frost danger. when soil temp is at minimum 70 degrees F. Placing: Full Sun Planting Depth: 1-inch. Spacing: 4 - 6-inch. Maturity: 95 - 110 Days Plant Type: Annual 10-percent of all seed sales will be donated to the State Farmers Market Association We feel it's very important to support local farms, farmers and their families. This line of seeds was developed in collaboration with the State Farmers Market Association. For each on-line purchase we will donate 10-percent of seed sales to the Farmers Market Association so they can continue to support local markets and help local farmers. Our Heritage Farmers Market Seeds are Certified Organic seeds from small, independent farms. For four generations our family-run seed packing business has provided quality seed to farmers and families. It all started with our Great Grandfather, Cecil Solly, a horticulturalist in the Seattle, Washington area from 1924 until his death in 1965. During his lifetime he was the editor for Northwest Gardens Magazine, had a daily column in The Seattle Times, The Tacoma News Tribune and Western Homes Magazine. He starred in a 30 year running daily radio program called "Garden on the Air" and was Founder and President of the Puget Sound Seed Company. Grandpa Cecil was very active in local gardening communities and clubs - always ready and willing to share his gardening knowledge, making him the Original Master Gardener. read more

Annuals

Many annuals have such robust growth during late spring and early summer that planting them from seed is a perfectly acceptable gardening practice.

Perennials

Perennials grown from seed are apt to be started and tended to indoors as seedlings before being transplanted outdoors. The cost savings from seed more than outweighs the extra effort.

Vines

Vines -- many of them annuals -- are easily grown from seed. Pay attention to the maturity time before planting to ensure that your climate provides enough outside growing days.

Herbs

Herbs are a natural fit as a grow-from-seed addition to the garden. Try your favorites in containers; the flexibility enables you to move the pots indoors if a cold day hits.

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Miracle-Gro
$179.72

Garden year round with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more. The AeroGarden is... a soil-free indoor gardening system that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. It has a compact, triangular shape that... read more

Miracle-Gro
$219.95

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Extra is the extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. Grow fre...sh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more let your imagination grow wild. Garden year round with the... read more

Miracle-Gro
$112.34

Garden year round with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more. The AeroGarden is... a soil-free indoor gardening system that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. And with a slim, elegant design, it will... read more

Miracle-Gro
$112.34

Garden year round with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more. The AeroGarden is... a soil-free indoor gardening system that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. And with a slim, elegant design, it will... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Who knew? Even the ordinary garden seed can have product features. Buried behind the seed's hull are, in fact, secrets to your potential growing success -- points that must be carefully reviewed and considered, or your garden seed experience may be disappointing at best. Start by considering growing time, as well as the number of plants in the seed packet and the arrival of heirloom varieties. Here's information to help you get off to a great start.

Growing Time

Every plant grown from seed has a specific number of days to reach maturity. Particularly when growing vegetables for crops, this is an important number to consider to ensure your climate provides enough growing days.

Number of Plants in Seed Packet

Some packets provide a plethora of seeds, which means you can grow a bumper crop of marigolds, for example. But other plants and flowers have fewer seeds in the packet; make sure you have enough to cover the space you want to plant.

Heirloom Varieties

Heirloom varieties have seen a resurgence in popularity, particularly when it comes to vegetables. These seeds have a historic bent and are sometimes more difficult to find, but they can reward with unusual flowers or crops.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

It isn't difficult to get initiated into growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed. In fact, growing a few seeds in a container is a great way to begin to understand what it takes to successfully grow plants from seed. Once you are ready to branch out into more of an investment in garden seeds, though, it's important to review several key purchase considerations. Those include cost and climate constraints. Here's a quick overview to help you along.

Cost

Even though most seeds are fairly inexpensive, seeds are still an investment -- particularly if a crop is damaged by environmental factors, pests, or disease.

Climate Constraints

Because of outdoor air and soil temperatures, some seeds cannot be started outside until later in the season. This may affect their growth potential.

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