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How to Buy Vegetable Seeds

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Overview

There are a few decisions you will have to make before buying vegetable seeds for your garden. The most important will be choosing the type of vegetables you want to grow. You may have space indoors, on a porch or an entire field available for your garden. The space will determine what you can grow. Regardless, growing your own vegetables can be rewarding and a great way to save money. Here's how to buy the vegetable seeds you need to start your garden:

Step 1

Determine how much space you have for a vegetable garden. Write down the size of your space on a piece of paper.

Step 2

Write a list of vegetables you would like to grow. Keep in mind the space you have available. Vegetables such as squash, tomatoes or zucchini require more space than vegetables like spinach or kale.

Step 3

Determine how much space your vegetables will require, how many of them you want to grow and the space they will need in relation to the size of your garden. This will help you determine how many seeds to buy.

Step 4

Decide whether you want to grow heirloom or organic vegetables. Heirloom vegetables are great if your want to save seeds from your garden and help to preserve plant species. Organic seeds are free of pesticides that can be harmful to your health.

Step 5

Obtain your seeds by going to a local garden shop. Specialty seeds such as heirloom or organic sometimes can be found at garden shops. Otherwise, you can find them at a local food cooperative or buy them online at sites like seedsofchange.com for organic seeds or seedsavers.org to buy heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds can sometimes be bought by farmers at local farmer markets.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper and pencil

References

  • Advanced Gardening:Cutting-Edge Growing Techniques for Gardeners; Miranda Smith; 2001.
Keywords: vegetable, organic, heirloom

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

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