Getting Ready To Grow
In preparation for indoor seed starting, I’ve setup my grow lights and work area, and now I’m pouring over the seed catalogues and my current seed inventory.
I’ll be ordering some new seeds as well as using up what I have on hand. The zinger with seed orders is the curse of many mail order businesses: postage costs. It’s best to place larger orders less often or combine orders with friends to keep costs down.
My main concern is that I don’t want to run out of my favourite types of peas, salad greens, and kales later on in the year, right when it’s time to plant more. To avoid this tragedy, I started a system when I plant seeds where I flag any seed packet that’s running low and it gets noted in my Order More file. This, my dear friends, is what happens when you are an avid list writer with a dash of OCD. Some neuroses do have their perks.
Online Seed Starting Calculators By Region
For these planting guides, you enter your postal/zip code or last frost date and they tell you when to plant your seeds.
Favourite Garden Seed Sources
I choose organically grown seeds and prefer local seed growers whenever possible.
These are seed sources I have used and/or are highly recommended by Empress of Dirt readers.
- Cottage Gardener (Ontario)
- Greta’s Organic Gardens (Ontario)
- Richters (Ontario)
- Seeds of Diversity (Toronto)
- Terra Edibles (Ontario)
- Urban Harvest (Toronto)
- Urban Harvest Seeds (Ontario)
- Veseys (PEI)
- West Coast Seeds (BC)
- William Dam Seeds (Ontario)
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (U.S.)
- Black Creek Heirloom Seeds (MO)
- D. Landreth Seed Company (U.S.)
- Fedco Seeds (ME)
- High Mowing Organic Seeds (Vermont)
- Johnnys (Maine)
- Kitazawa Seed Company (U.S.)
- Seed Savers (Iowa)
- Seed Savers Exchange (Iowa)
- Seeds of Change (CA)
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (U.S.)
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Virginia)
- Turtle Tree Seed (N.Y.)