Spring is officially here, which means garden season is well on its way! Here at Anna’s, it’s no secret we love flexing our green thumbs and getting our hands a little dirty. Early Spring is when it all begins, so we figured we’d discuss some of the key things to consider when starting your garden from seed.
4 Things to Consider when Preparing to Seed…
1) Take Notes & Keep Records
One thing you will want to do is make some notes as you go. Doing so will help you to remember important details that you may otherwise forget. You can record anything you think is of value, but we would suggest at a very minimum recording the following:
- What sort of seeds are you sowing?
- When are you sowing them?
- What is the germination date?
- What is the germination success rate?
- When are they ready for transplant?
Taking notes will help you to better evaluate your current process, and help you to better prepare for next year!
2) Consider Your Garden Space
We have all been there – you get excited about something and then possibly get overly ambitious. One thing you must do is be realistic about your garden. Consider the actual space you have available to plant and then plan accordingly. When doing this, be sure to take into consideration spacing and ensure you leave room for your plants to grow. One way to do this is to image your garden a little smaller than it actually is. This way you don’t over-seed, waste your time, money or energy.
3) Plan For Losses
Another thing to take into consideration when seeding is to plan for potential losses. Unfortunately, even the best of gardeners experience losses but, if you plan for them in advance the loss will be less devastating when it comes time to transplant. There are a number of reasons why your seeds may not germinate, such as:
- The seeds were old / expired
- It was too hot / too cold
- The soil was too wet / too dry
- The seed was sown at the wrong depth
- The seed needed some type of special treatment prior to planting
Be sure to read your seed packages carefully, do your homework and/or revert back to your notes from previous years.
4) Mind the Time
Most often you will want to seed 6 weeks before the final frost. This can be difficult to predict, but this is where your notes and record keeping can really come in handy. If this is your first year or if you’ve completely missed the mark in previous years – no need to fret. A general rule of thumb is to aim for the end of March or early April to start your seeds. So, if you’re planning on seeding your garden this year – flower or veggie – you still have a little bit of time, but it is best to get planning in the next week or so!
Of course, if you ever have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always here to help answer your plants, flowers or garden-related questions! As far as supplies go, we can assist there as well. We have a number of seeds: heirloom, organic and non-GMO, as well as, seeding soil and vermiculite. Happy Seeding friends!