The Anatomy of a Seed Packet

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yourownvictorygarden Greg Holdsworth, contributor
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If you're like me, you are either anxiously awaiting your seed catalog orders, or can't wait until your favorite garden supply store has their new seed shipments in. So I thought it would be a good time to "dissect" the packet itself. All seed packages share common information, as well as information unique to that plant or variety.

So, I've laid out a diagram online showing the different "parts" of the packet. You can view the page by clicking here. A print-quality PDF file is also available to download.

Some basic information to consider:

1. Make sure that the year stamped on the packet is for 2010 (although there may still be some 2009's around). This will ensure you're sowing the freshest seeds available.

2. Although you do have a little wiggle room, it is best to follow the company's recommendations for your seed's planting depth, spacing, thinning, harvesting and other info.

3. The planting times listed are a good go-by, but to be more accurate, you should get information specific to your area. Your local county extension service can help.

4. Make sure you're getting the right "plant type" for the space you've allowed. Look for keywords like "bush", "compact", "early", "vigorous", etc. For example, you may not want an indeterminate variety of tomato if you plan on growing it in a small container. Or a pole variety of bean growing without a trellis.

May your seed buying "operation" be a success!

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robertmiller21 writes: Nice
Posted: 7:27 am on May 17th
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