Whether the garden season has passed for you to plant your favorite herbs and vegetables or you have not prepared your yard yet for a garden, there’s no better time than the present to buy seeds. That’s right; there’s no better time than the present to buy seeds, even if you’re not ready to plant. Here are four important reasons why you should buy now rather than later.
Seed shortages. Last year’s poor growing season—mostly due to extra wet conditions—may make it difficult now and in the future for gardeners to get seeds such as carrots, cucumbers, onions, and snap peas. When fewer vegetables are grown, fewer seeds can be saved.
Demand for seeds. The poor economy and concerns over chemical use on commercial foods has prompted more people to start their own gardens, thus, more seeds are being sold.
Pre-planning your future garden. Planning a garden takes some prep work. From choosing the perfect garden location for the best sunlight possible to preparing the dirt, and deciding where to plant what, when you take the time to plan your garden ahead of time it will not only alleviate stress but also give you something to look forward to when the time is right for planting. If you’re new to gardening, planning ahead also allows you the opportunity to learn about the herbs and vegetables you want to plant, e.g., planting depth, seed spacing, soil temperature, days to germination, days to maturity, sun, water, etc. Knowing this information ahead of time is extremely helpful when planning out your garden.
Peace of mind. Many people want to know that the foods they’re eating are safe to eat, and growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to feel good about what you’re feeding yourself and your family. Another aspect of peace of mind is in knowing that you are equipped to live self-sufficiently in cases of disasters that may deplete our nation’s food supply.
Having a supply of high quality seeds available at any given time is becoming more and more mainstream for many people, as well as being educated on how to successfully grow foods for self-reliance.