Several important things about choosing seeds for your garden

Knowing something about choosing seeds for your garden will help you plan your future harvest better. Here are a few key pieces of information and some money-saving tips that I think every home gardener should know.DSC08270

  1. The best way to get seeds is for free.
    1. Start by asking around — perhaps your friends, family or neighbors have excess seeds they are willing to give away or barter (for perhaps a helping hand in the garden?).
    2. Attend workshops and events to gain more information about gardening. I’ve gotten a lot of free seeds this way, too. Plus, it helps expand my knowledge.
    3. And best of all: save your own. If you buy organic produce, especially from local farmers, it is a great idea to save your own seeds. Check out this article from Organic Gardening magazine for more info about how to do so.
  2. If you can’t get them free, buy from a trusted source.
    1. There are tons of seed companies out there, but some are better and more ethical than others. One of my favorites, especially for unique and rare seeds, is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
    2. Consult this list from Mother Earth News for more seed companies that you can trust to provide organic, non-GMO seeds.
    3. I also check my local feed store, which carries some organic seed brands as well as onion sets (bundles of onions). I like supporting the local feed store when I can. They smell like my childhood annnnnnd my dollar votes for sustainable farming/gardening practices while supporting the local economy there.
  3. Seeds are little plant embryos — they come with all the things they need to begin life.
    1. Seeds are amazing. Just add water and sunlight, and they will grow.
    2. Eventually, they’ll need nutrients… but in the beginning, you can start them with water in between two paper towels. Or you can put them straight in the ground. Read the packages/labeling on your seed packets or consult Google for instructions on a specific plant.
    3. Some seeds are bigger and others are smaller. This is because some seeds need more energy to get started transforming into a plant. Here is a wonderful guideline: if it is a tiny seed, it needs to be planted closer to the surface. If it is a big seed (like a pea or a bean), it needs to be planted deeper.
    4. And the finer the soil pieces the better seeds germinate.


  1. Great Blog Tina! I used Baker Creek Seeds as my main source for the first time this year. Great selection, and they sent a free package of cilantro!

    • I got a free packet of seeds, too! Last year I got lemon summer squash, and I am going to plant them this year. I’m pretty excited about it. They are supposed to taste like summer squash but have a lemon size/shape.

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