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‘Planting now will ensure your mini crops are ready from June to November,’ says Louise. ‘Remember to pop plant labels next to each herb so you don’t get muddled. And position your window box in the sunniest spot you have – ensuring fresh and fragrant herbs.’
Despite all RHS events being cancelled this summer, you can continue to show your support by purchasing seeds from the RHS website. They are also a great place to start if you’re looking to find plants that will be kind to wildlife and your eyes.
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Thompson & Morgan are continuing to operate as normal during the lockdown. They are the best place to pick up a bargain pack off seeds. On their seed clearance page, you can pick up everything from lettuce to cactus seeds for just £1.
Because there’s never been a better time to start a vegetable garden.
It's official: the homegrown vegetable garden is making a major comeback this spring. With many of us spending more time at home and grocery shopping requiring extra precautions, many Americans are starting their own vegetable gardens, some for the very first time. According to Jack Whettam, sales and marketing manager at Hudson Valley Seed Co, orders have increased "by orders of magnitude" this year, and other seed companies report similar spikes in sales.
While many seed companies experienced shipping delays or had to take a short break to catch up on shipments earlier this April, most are currently back to accepting new orders. Translation: now is a great time to order and start planting all of those tomato, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. Buy vegetable seeds online at the sources below, then consult our month-by-month guide to learn what to plant when.
Before this past year, I’d buy all my seeds at Lowes or Home Depot and plan my garden based on what was available in their selection. Then, I’d go home, throw all the seeds in my containers and galvanized water troughs without rhyme or reason and hope that something would work out — not considering thinning, or timing, or anything relevant to optimal growth.
This is a nonprofit from which I have learned a lot. I had no idea that there were varieties of produce that were becoming extinct as our diets became less diverse. From their website, their mission is “ Seed Savers Exchange stewards Americaʼs culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. We educate and connect people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.”
They say that gardening skips a generation, and that’s true in my family. My grandpa, Yoshio Okamoto, whose American name was Paul, was an avid gardener. He had grown up in Walnut Grove, CA near lots of farmland, owned his home in old Elk Grove, CA (after his interment) with lots of acreage to grow food, and then helped raise me alongside him in the garden. Allowing me to ride on his tractor and harvest his produce. My grandpa is a big reason I have a very special place in my heart for Kitazawa Seed Company.
I’m starting with seeds because that’s where I currently am in the process. I had thought my only options for seeds were at the big home improvement stores (which are totally fine, by the way!), but it turns out there’s a vast world out there of options and varieties. Here are my best places to buy seeds online so far:
They also have a gorgeous full-color catalog that you can request to be sent to your home (p. It has a ton of information about the plants, beautiful photography, and it’s how I’m always persuaded to go above my budget (that and the fact they have free shipping). You can see my tabbed and loved 2021 copy below. Here’s their website.