How to Read a Seed Packet

How to Read a Seed Packet

Simple Guide to Reading a Seed Packet

Not sure what to grow? You don’t know what will grow in your area? You stand in front of the seed section at your local garden center all confused, in a seed frenzy, because all the packets are screaming ‘take me. The colorful packets, the vegetables, herbs, and flowers it can be overwhelming.

Good seed companies provide a wealth of information on their packets. Once you learn how to read a packet, the “seed frenzy” can be better controlled. Of course all seed companies are different and if you are not careful, you will end up with a lot of seeds that will not grow in your area or seeds that you may NEVER use. Today I’ll share a few of my favorite places I get my seed, some simple guidelines on what to look for and how to read the seed packets. I hope you find this helpful so you make informed decisions and calm the “seed frenzy.”   Let’s begin…. Read more

Soil Temps & Spring Planting Time

Soil Temps & Spring Planting Time

Spring is only 3 days away!!  The temperature outside right now is a brisk 22 degrees, obviously way too cold to be planting the garden, but warmer temperatures are coming!!  Tomorrow is supposed to get up to 62 degrees and that’s exciting.  Here in Tennessee, it can be 16 degrees in the early morning and reach 70 degrees in the afternoon.  Our weather is also extremely unpredictable this time of year.  We were wearing short sleeves and some had gone as far as shorts last week only to have this week’s highs in the low 40’s with bitter winds– brrrr.    But with all this said, spring planting time is coming.  We will be out in our gardens planting before we know it;   it can’t come quickly enough though.  With the swing in the weather, how do we know when it’s time to plant our garden? Read more