I'm part of many gardening pages on Facebook and recently I've been seeing lots of posts asking about seeds for this year. Are you starting to get that itch to plant something? Every year, I get the itch, I start all kinds of things indoors and every year I say I'm not going to do that anymore. LOL. I hate having seed trays everywhere, but yet at the same time I can't help myself! I love to see things growing. This year I am going to try and resist the itch. We shall see how successful I am. In the meantime, I thought I would try and beat the rush and order my vegetable garden seeds now. I know last year it was a challenge for people trying to find seeds. Seems like everyone decided to grow a vegetable garden.
I grew up with having a vegetable garden and there is nothing better than being able to go out and pick a fresh green onion for a salad , or pick some peas or yellow beans right off the plant and munch on them right then and there. Last year was the first year my partner had ever had a vegetable garden and he loved it! His primary job was to do the weeding and we did go through a learning curve of him learning to tell what was a plant and what was a weed. A few plants did get pulled out during the weeding process, but we all have to start somewhere. I'm sure he will be much better this year. LOL
One thing we tried last year which worked incredibly well was to buy biodegradable black row covers. We put this between all of the planted rows to try and keep the weeds down. It worked incredibly well! We are going to do it again this year.
So what are you planting this year and where do you order your seeds from? Here is a list of what seeds I ordered and what plants I will be buying. Beets, carrots, lettuce, potato squash, zucchini, sugar snap peas, swiss chard, tomatillo and bok choy are the seeds I ordered. Tomatillo's make delicious "salsa verde"
and the bok choy we grew by accident last year and it was yummy so we are going to try and grow more of it. I'll get my dad to grow the potato squash and zucchini since they take up a lot of room and my garden isn't that big. I will buy some tomato plants but I may also start some from seed. For the past few years I've ordered my seeds from a place called William Dam Seeds in Dundas Ontario and they've been great. I have to resist my temptation to order flower seeds as well... However, I did break down and order some zinnia seeds. Thought I would try them this year.
If seeds seem like too much work but you still want to grow some of your own food you can always buy some already grown plants at your local nursery in the spring. If you haven't tried it maybe this year is the year to try? You don't even need a garden to grow some of these plants. I've also used large containers and in some ways I feel like they work better. Much easier to weed so they hardly get any weeds! I plant my herbs in a large container on my deck so that I can go right out if I need anything and snip it. Happy gardening! If you have any questions feel free to message me at firstname.lastname@example.org