Incase you aren't subscribed to your newsletter, lets cover the basic types of seeds you will come across first!
Conventional- These seeds are typically what you would find at your big box garden centre. You can tell that they are conventional if they have no other descriptors from the list below on the package. These seeds can be very harmful to the environment, specifically pollinators as the seeds are coated and produce chemicals through their flowers the whole plant life.
Non-GMO- This means the seeds have not had their genetics changed
Heirloom- Have typically been around for over 50 years, and as such tend to have interesting histories. They are gauranteed GMO free, and they can be organic
Organic- These seeds have no herbicides or pesticides coating them, which is very important if your plants are going to have any flowers, as this makes them safer for pollinators
Now that we have that out of the way, it's time to choose your varieties! First, choose your space. What size is it? What kind of sun does it get? Is the soil there old, has it had things growing in it for a long time or has it been empty? All of these factor into what types of plants will do well in your chosen growing space. One squash plant can take up the same amount of space as an entire patch of herbs.
Second, be honest about the time you're wanting to commit to gardening this season. Maybe you have lots on the go, or maybe it's your year to really spend some time in the soil- regardless, take a minute to honestly reflect on how you expect to spend your time this spring and summer. From there, choose plants that are labeled accordingly to your plans. Plants will typically be labeled easy to very difficult. This will give you an idea of how much effort growing the plant may take.
Next, look at your growing season. How long is it? Do you have the space to start plants as seedlings, or do you really need something that can be directly sown into the ground? Be realistic of what your commitments can be, as sometimes our sense of failure with gardens is we didn't have the full energy to dedicate for the entire plant life.
I hope that this helps you choose the right seeds and get your garden growing right this season! For more information I am currently offering garden consults, and am only an email away.
As we awaited the change in weather, we did a major spring cleaning on the farm. I'm talking 30 yard dumpster bin rental big! Tired doesn't even begin to describe the aches in our muscles by the end of it. That said, the sense of accomplishment is huge. A lot of the garbage was left from the previous owner, so plants had literally grown over garbage. We dug out glass, plastic, wood, and metal that had lichen growing on them! It was quite miraculous seeing how nature had just done it's thing despite it being used as a landfill. Removing all of that trash has allowed us to extend our growing area, while also extending Charlie's run! This spring he will have a little backyard to enjoy, as well as a run along the greenhouse to help shred the grass and clay, and lastly a little hang out spot where we plan to have a little fire pit. It's going to be a great season!