My seeds are here! Isn’t that a brilliant site, almost as satisfying as the first signs of growth on your seedlings…almost.
So, for those of you that are curious these are the selections I have made for this year:
- Courgette – F1 Green Bush
- Runner Bean – Scarlet Emperor
- Broccoli – F1 Stromboli
- Carrot – Early Nantes 5 and Autumn King 2 (Autumn King 2 weren’t from Suttons as I already had a pack)
- Onion – Bedfordshire Champion
- Leek – Lyon
- Peppers – Californian Wonder
- Peas – Early Onward (I haven’t purchased these yet as i’m pretty sure I can get them cheaper than they were on Suttons website)
How I choose seeds
Now to be honest there weren’t many factors in the selection process of the varieties. Once I’d considered the vegetables I wanted to grow and the vegetables I could grow in the space I had the only remaining factors for me were:
I’m an accountant, so for me cost is key. Low initial costs + large savings from the produce = one happy Becky.
2. Popularity. reliability and reviews
Of course low-cost isn’t always the best or most reliable item, so I looked for the most popular cheaper varieties followed by some research into customer and fellow garden bloggers reviews. A few, such as Autumn King 2 Carrots and Californian Wonder Peppers I have grown before with success so they made the list.
3. Harvest period
I like a long harvest period. And I don’t like to wait months for that period to begin after I’ve planted. Obviously, with some plants this is unavoidable but so far as I can that is what I look for in my varieties. As I’ve previously said my goal is to maximise good produce and lower costs, and this system works for me.
I have a few other things I’m going to grow in containers such as tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies that i already have seeds for.
This month I’ll be sowing Gardener’s Delight tomatoes, Jalapeno chillies and Lyon leeks. So what seeds have you ordered or planning to grow this year?