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Knowing Your Seeds

By | March 01, 2016
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Knowing your Seeds

Growing your own vegetables from seeds can be as satisfying as it is delicious. It's not as difficult as you may think—but it does require some planning. Choose your seeds based on what you like to eat, and be sure to follow the directions on the packet. Some should be soaked, scratched or chilled before planting, so read before you seed!

Some seeds can be direct sown, which means they are planted directly in the garden, and more delicate varieties can be started indoors before the weahter warms up. Check the directions on your seed packet, as some plants don't like to be disturbed once they are planted, while some are much more amenable to being reloacted.

A Good Rule of (Green) Thumb
Plant seeds at a depth of 2-3 times the width of the seed. Tiny seeds can be sprinkled on top of the soil.

Get in the Zone

Be sure to select seeds that prefer your climate. Hardiness zones are based on the average monthly temperature in each area. Seed packets will specify which zone the plants will be hardiest in, so select those best suited to your area.

Peat Pots can be planted directly into the garden, causing for less shock to the tender seedlings.

Sow early
These seeds can be planted directly into the ground, even before the last frost.

  • beets
  • carrots
  • turnips
  • radishes
  • lettuce
  • peas

Sow post-frost
After all danger of frost has passed, these seeds can be direct sown into your garden.

  • beans
  • corn
  • cucumbers
  • pumpkin & squash
  • Swiss chard

Start inside
Check the best planting dates before you start seeds indoors, and be sure not to plant them too early! Most vegetables can be planted about 6 weeks before the last frost.

  • artichokes
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • eggplant
  • leeks
  • onions
  • tomatoes

Store seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot.

Small spaces:
You can still have a productive garden in a small area by selecting plants that grow up and not out, like beans, tomatoes, peas and cucumbers.

Article from Edible Piedmont at http://ediblepiedmont.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/knowing-your-seeds-infographic
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