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Ordering vegetable seeds


by Jane Moore

In January and February I like to get all my seed and plant orders underway as it's usually the perfect weather to stay indoors.


Jane Moore looking through a seed catalogueNow the chaos of Christmas is over, I can settle down to some serious shopping. In January and February I like to get all my seed and plant orders underway; it's usually the perfect weather to stay indoors, warm and cosy, contemplating the season to come.

I do an awful lot of shopping by mail order, not because I don't like my local garden centre (on the contrary - it's fab) but because it's fun flicking through all the catalogues, working out just how many varieties of salad potato we can physically eat and deciding whether to give sweet potatoes another go.

This is the time I order shallots and potatoes, bare-root fruit bushes and all my seeds for spring and summer sowing. It just gets it all out of the way and then I can relax and wait for the parcels to arrive. It's Christmas all over again!

I'll probably forget to order something - but that's where the garden centre comes in handy.



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Gardeners' World Web User 07/01/2008 at 00:00

What are some of the best seed ordering sites for a potted veggie garden with delivery in the US? Thanks!

Gardeners' World Web User 07/01/2008 at 19:57

I would like to grow sweet potatoes, are they difficult to grow from seed?

Gardeners' World Web User 11/01/2008 at 13:40

After I've ordered by vegetable seeds, I then make a sowing/planting calendar so I know exactly what to do with my seeds and plants. It's so easy to enthusiastically order the seeds but forget to sow them.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/01/2008 at 23:47

I disagree with ordering the bulk of your seeds by mail order. Support your local garden centre. It gets you out of the house and keeps garden centres thriving. Order the seeds that they don't stock by mail order. And if they have a poor selection , tell them!!

Gardeners' World Web User 15/01/2008 at 15:29

I do a mixture of browsing seed catalogues and making lists, then taking an afternoon to visit the 3 or 4 local independent G Centres and buying what I can locally then ordering everything else online (there's often a bargain or freebie thrown in with online purchases). I then have my crop-rotation and vegetable layout planned and store all the seed to be sown in big envelopes for each month. How on earth do I have time for work?

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