You want plant gardening seeds in your vegetable garden this year. Before choosing the vegetable gardening seeds you need to read the fine print on the packet. Sure the packets look nice but are they giving you the information that you really need? Some of the important things you need to know ahead of time are: the freshness of the seeds, instructions on how to plant, the quantity of seeds in the packet, and the survival rate of the seeds.
Be sure the seed packet has a ‘packed for’ date; you will probably find this date near the top of the packet in the area where you will open it. Before opening the vegetable seed packet re-write that date somewhere else on the packet. If the instructions for planting are quite detailed the easier it will be to plant and you will most likely use that same seed company for furture purchase of vegetable seeds. Does the packet give you the quantity of seeds or do you have to feel around the envelope and count for yourself? The survival rate of seeds can vary. Many of the seeds that come from Europe and the good mail order companies give you the percentage of germination and a testing date. This information tells you the company tested the seeds first and that is very important information.
When you get around to planting your vegetable seeds in your garden it is okay to plant in dry soil. Most of the seeds you purchase are prepared to germinate in moist soil, this is actually telling the seeds that it gets rain regularly and they will create delicate roots and leaves and will not worry about drought. If you plant the seeds dry this is telling them that you are going to do the watering and you will need to keep up the practice.
You want spacious plantings, in other words plant your seeds sparingly and far apart. You do not need to plant every seed that is in the packet. Most of the seed packets with small seeds that you purchase will give you much more than what you need; if you plant all the seeds in a packet you will probably have to store what you cannot eat. The regular envelope of vegetable garden lettuce seeds contains roughly close to a hundred heads of lettuce. You do not need to plant any more than a quarter of the seeds.
By planting your seeds sparingly from the very start will eliminate the problems of thinning out at a later time. Sometimes when we thin out our vegetable plants we usually end up damaging the roots of the plants that are left behind. When we plant farther apart the plants will not have to compete with each other and they will become stronger and larger. It is also good to place stakes at the start of each row of vegetables, such as wide Popsicle sticks, for printing the plant date, name of vegetable, seed source and any comments while you harvest the crop.
Planting gardening seeds for delicious vegetables is a wonderful way to introduce gardening to children. Many times when we plant seedlings they become very delicate and limp and children find it hard to handle them. The seed garden of vegetables cannot be damaged. For a very young child you may want to dig the holes and he can drop the seeds into the holes and cover the holes with dirt. The older child enjoys digging in the dirt and will want to dig his own holes, with your guidance. Give the children a watering can and let them know when and how often to water the seeds. When it comes time to harvesting let the children pick the vegetables by themselves. They will enjoy the fact that they planted the seed for that carrot and cared for it and now have something good to eat to show for all their hard work.