Welcome to my Tuesday ! Today I am posting about seeds … those tiny little seeds that becomes flowers and food for the family.
The seed is the embryonic stage of the plant life cycle. Most seeds consist of three parts: embryo, endosperm, and seed coat. The embryo is a tiny plant that has a root, a stem, and one or more leaves. The endosperm is the nutritive tissue of the seed, often a combination of starch, oil, and protein. The seed coat is a protective covering that can help seeds remain viable for long periods of time.
Seeds contain everything necessary for the growth and development of a new plant. The
three primary parts of a seed are the embryo, the endosperm, and the seed coat. The embryo
is the young, multicellular organism before it emerges from the seed. The endosperm is a
source of stored food, consisting primarily of starches. The seed coat consists of one or
more protective layers that encase the seed.
How to Buy Seeds:
- 1. Winter Is the Best Time to Buy Seeds : Many vegetable garden plants can be started from seeds while it’s still cold and snowy outside. The trick, of course, is to sow them indoors and then transplant them into your garden once the soil has warmed up again in spring
- 2. Consider Your Space; When trying to decide which seeds to buy, figuring out how much room you have for growing them will help you narrow down the choices
- 3. Focus on Favorite Varieties : When picking out vegetable seeds to grow, think about the produce your family enjoys eating most.
- 4. Think About Pollinators : A vegetable garden isn’t complete without adding some flower seeds in the mix! Not only do they add welcome color, they help attract pollinators that can improve the yield from several types of crops such as squash
- 5. Keep Diseases at Bay : When shopping for vegetable seeds, look for disease-resistant varieties, especially if you’ve had problems in your garden previously. For example, when purchasing tomato seeds, look for varieties labeled with a VFN designation after their name
Bes Seed Company’s :
- Best Overall: Burpee
- Best for Vegetables: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- Best for Flowers: Eden Brothers
- Best Budget-Priced Seeds: Ferry-Morse
Free Sources for Seeds
Social media: If you put the word out on social media that you are looking for a certain type of seed, chances are, someone will answer your call. Gardeners are givers, and we love to share our seeds, plants and cuttings.
Seed libraries: Many traditional libraries have embraced seed libraries. With your library card, you can “check out” seeds to plant in your garden the same way you would check out a book. Some libraries ask (but don’t require) that you save seeds to bring back to contribute to the seed library.
Seed swaps: Often held at county fairs and expos, seed swaps are events where seed savers share and trade seeds. You may also find seed swaps by mail in the back of farming newspapers and gardening magazines, or on Craigslist. You can exchange your saved seeds for something you’d like, but if you don’t have any to give, that’s fine too. Many seed savers are happy to share if you supply a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Save your own seeds: To ensure you’ll always have seeds of the open-pollinated varieties that you love to grow, you can learn to save seeds. As I’ve mentioned, seed saving is a fun activity that saves a ton of money. You’ll have more seeds than you could possibly grow, which means you’ll have extras for seed swaps or to give away.