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It may be the hardest time of the year for gardeners. So many seed packets, so little garden space Did you see Tricia in our video on selecting seeds? ¬†She’s standing in front of a wall of seed packets. All great seeds. But which are the best for your garden? You can’t just choose the most appealing package because, frankly, all our newly-designed seed packets are stunning. We have worked with a local artist, Randy Griffis of North San Juan, for several years and we’re very proud…
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1. Grown without synthetic pesticides Conventional seeds are from plants that grew in the fields even longer than food crops—and were likely to get even more synthetic pesticides and fungicides to keep them viable as seed producers. Do you really want that in your seeds? 2. Best suited to growing in your organic garden Organic farming methods are different from conventional farming, and the plants that do best in organic conditions produce seeds that will also succeed in your organic garden.…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. With so many seed varieties available the success of your garden may depend on the seed that you choose. Today I'm going to share my tips for choosing seeds for a successful garden. Organic seeds are really your best choice because they've been collected from plants that were grown organically. Many non organic or conventional seeds are treated or coated with fungicides so start with organic seed. What helps me to decide what to plant is when i think about what i'd like to eat. I call California my home now but i grew up a Jersey girl where the tomato is the state designated vegetable maybe that's why i love them so much. Speaking of tomatoes have you ever heard the term determinate or indeterminate and wondered what they meant? Determine tomatoes are compact bush type of plants and will give you a full crop nearly all at the same time and then die back these are perfect for canning and preserving. An indeterminate tomato is a vining tomato and it will produce fruit throughout the season until its killed by frost. Once i decide what other vegetables i want to grow besides tomatoes i'll need to select a variety for each and in order to do that i need to know my frost free dates and you can get that information from your local county Ag department. Once you know you're frost free dates you can figure out the length of your growing season. When looking at seed packs find the days to maturity and pick a variety that matches your growing season, days to maturity are counted from when a plant starts growing in the garden soil. Day one is when a seed that has been sown directly in the garden it's sprouts or from when you transplant a vegetable plant that you started indoors so when calculating how long something will take to grow add the day's to germination along with the day's to maturity besides the length of season temperature is an important consideration. For example if you live in a hot climate and you want to grow peas which are cool loving plants plants then you need to make sure and plant them early and pick a heat tolerant variety like these sugar snaps some additional helpful information found on the back of the seed packs is the soil temperature necessary for the seed to germinate. For example this basil requires between seventy eight and eighty-five degrees in order to germinate and that's why the paragraph about planting and growing suggest starting the seed indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Another factor to consider is disease resistance if there's a disease that's prevalent in your area you're going to want to plant plants that resist that disease. For example if i was in an area where mildew was prevalent i would want to plant the Sumter cucumber which is resistant to mildews over the Muncher which isn't. Did you know that we pack our seed packs right here on site come on Ill show you how its done. Hi Henry, Henry packages all of our vegetable seeds on this Ballard brown bag packaging machine which dates back to eighteen eighty-five. You think we could see a run? Sure. A frequently asked customer question is whether we source any GMO seeds and the answer is no. Peaceful Valley brand vegetable seeds are all certified organic and we do not carry any genetically modified seed since we package our own seed we are certified as an organic handler by CCOF California Certified Organic Farmers and we are proud to have signed the safe seed pledge which you can find on our website well thanks for listening and grow organic for life!

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