February in the lower Southeastern portion of Michigan was not much to reckon with. It still was too cold and blustery to risk planting or direct seed sowing in the garden. But, it was also warm enough and spring-like to spur on a classic case of spring fever!
In other words, I have already started many of my seeds ahead of time. Many of us just buy vegetable transplants from the local nursery when it comes to planting time. This is good for the local economy if you are intent on supporting it, but it also comes with it’s own risk.
- Many nurseries use and sell hybrid seeds from commercial companies.
- Hybrid seeds are single use, they often produce sterile seeds
- Who knows what they used to grow that transplant you intend to eat for dinner
- You will have to buy seeds again next season
If you want seeds you can save after harvest time, that are not genetically modified, and will produce good fruits next season, remember to purchase heirloom or organic. These two labels have become virtually interchangeable. What are the benefits then?
- Heirlooms have higher yield and better growth rates
- Tradition, stories, and predictability
- You can save money on seed packets next season by having your own
So as the warm Michigan weather reminds of springs imminent return, remember to purchase or order your seeds now! That way you can get a jump start on plants like Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and Peppers.
Where are your seeds coming from? Mine came from Baker Creek. You can also check out this list. Remember, not all seed companies on this list are exclusive heirloom sellers, so be sure to read about their products!