Selection of seeds for the season

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When choosing seeds for the new season, do not chase after cheapness and curiosities: you can be deceived.If you study the messages in the periodicals, read all kinds of ads or bypass unauthorized outlets selling seeds, then you will certainly come across hybrid plants-wonders that do not have any grounds.

At the same time, it is characteristic that the seeds of such hybrids are very often camouflaged under promising names that differ from both botanical and analogs among cultivated and wild plants. Since in winter, quite a few summer residents and gardeners are already beginning to acquire seeds, often paying tribute to exotic novelties, I think that it will be very useful to give examples of subsequent misunderstandings with hybrid plants.

Judging by the periodicals and the analysis of the seed market, the most common on sale are such fictitious names of hybrid plants as "Pumpkin-watermelon", "Pumpkin-melon" and "Pumpkin-zucchini", as well as "Cucumber-melon" and "Cucumber -beans ". At the same time, biologists, without denying the theoretical possibility of obtaining such fruits, established when checking that the first of the fruits is nothing but a fig-leaved pumpkin, the second is a large-fruited pumpkin, and the third turned out to be an ordinary squash of the Kveta variety. As for the fourth and fifth fruits, when checked, they turned out to be Chinese melon and cyclanter, respectively.

According to the testimony of individual summer residents and gardeners who fell for advertising and bought seeds, although they managed to get hybrid fruits, they were far from promised, but of a completely different quality. For example, the gardener V. Chernyak, when testing the "Pumpkin-watermelon", came to the conclusion that the fruits are inedible, and the gardener M. Litvinov, having tested the fruit of the "Cucumber-melon", concluded that it had "a disgusting taste, similar to the taste of a diluted solution of copper vitriol ".

Examples like these can go on and on. On sale, for example, there is often a hybrid "Spinach-raspberry", which turns out when checked with thick-leaved cheese from Kazakhstan, as well as "Indian cucumber" and "Vietnamese zucchini", which are actually ordinary lagenaria. Moreover, such metamorphoses are often promoted by individual amateur gardeners, keen on selection and sending seeds by mail. At the same time, for example, the hybrid "Parsley-celery", "Naranjilla Chinese" or "Square peas" are, respectively, such well-known plants as lovage, melon pear and sowing rank. There is also such a hybrid as "Smokryzh", which is often sent by mail, but turns out to be a complete analogue of the well-known hybrid of currants and gooseberries, which is called yoshta.

To sell seeds more successfully, very often they are given rather attractive names. For example, three years ago I was seduced by two varieties of onions sold under the names "Giant" and "Siberian". Unfortunately, the first, instead of the promised bulb mass of 0.6-1 kg, had no more than 0.15 kg, and the second, instead of a height of 50-62 cm, had it no more than 20 cm, and subject to the recommended cultivation techniques. As it turned out after consultations with biologists, both onions have no direct analogues, although the first resembled somewhat the imported variety of Isles Greig, and the second was very close to the well-known chives called "Skoroda" and is found almost everywhere. Considering that the first of these onions has to be grown from March through seedlings, and the second is popular as an ornamental plant, it turned out to be inappropriate to cultivate them instead of the onions we are used to.

Based on the foregoing and remembering the saying: "What kind of seed is like a tribe", I advise you, first of all, when choosing and buying seeds, to take care of varietal qualities, guided by three basic requirements dictated by practice.

1. To exclude the acquisition and use of seeds obtained from hybrid plants, since they do not have the ability to retain the properties taken from parental pairs in the first generation, and do not retain varietal traits in subsequent generations.

2. Do not purchase seeds from the southern regions of the country and imported, not tested by practice, as they often lead to failures due to inability to adapt to new climatic conditions.

3. It is necessary to acquire and apply, first of all, varieties related to zoned, recommended for the conditions of the North-West zone, and allowing to increase yields by about 30-35% compared to non-varietal ones purchased at random outlets and by mail.

However, as experience shows, one should not be careless when buying zoned varieties, since it is quite common to sell seeds in violation of the requirements arising from the orders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. There are two most frequent violations: the first is that all or part of the information is printed in a printing house on sheets of paper and pasted on bags with seeds. This indicates the lack of proper packing of seeds on special equipment, which means that there is no guarantee that this is not a fraud of the buyer.

The second violation is to lengthen the sales terms for seed packages until 2008-2009, although with single and double seed packages in 2005, they must be sold in 2006 and 2007, respectively. It is clear that, most likely, stale goods are being sold in this case.

When choosing seeds, one cannot but pay attention to their sowing qualities, the main of which are purity, germination and sowing suitability. We must remember that the higher these indicators, the less seed consumption will be. It is highly desirable to test all three of these indicators by experiments according to the recommendations given in the literature. If, for example, it turns out that the purity is less than 90%, and the germination rate is less than 50%, then the seeds are recommended to be replaced.

Taking into account all these recommendations will help novice summer residents and gardeners to more competently approach the choice of seeds, eliminate all possible misunderstandings and achieve high yields of good-quality products.

Anatoly Veselov, gardener

The ornamental garden combines vegetables, flowers and fruit crops. Each plant not only bears fruit or greenery, but also acts as a decoration, becomes part of the overall composition.

Such gardens began to be arranged in France in the middle of the last century, and the fashion for them quickly spread. In each country, the landscape design of plots with a vegetable garden began to acquire its own characteristic features. There are even festivals for the design of ornamental gardens.

But today, equipping a new site around his house, the owner most often plans to decorate it only with decorative crops, for which he invites a specialist.

However, when making a landscaping project, you enter on your own initiative near the bath (barbecue, recreation area) a small vegetable garden, or just for greens, or more - for cucumbers and strawberries. And the customer suddenly "turns on" and remembers that he lives in Russia.

He already wants a small apple tree (and sometimes a large one), and it is the 'Cinnamon' variety, the taste of which reminds him of childhood, as well as a couple of plums and three cherries, raspberries for children, and here are also pears, modern varieties of which, like him I heard they give delicious fruits.

And eating a cucumber from your garden is an incomparable pleasure. Therefore, you should not abandon the tradition, but everything must be done, of course, in a new way, beautifully and original.

Where to begin

First of all, you need to draw up a garden plan. To do this, it is worth answering the following questions.

  • Will the vegetable garden take up the entire area of ​​the plot, or will there be a flower garden, fruit trees, lawn, pool or something else next to it?
  • What crops will you grow, what conditions do they need?
  • How they combine with each other: Keep in mind that some plants grow poorly next to each other or may infest each other with pests.
  • How will you decorate the beds, what materials will you use?
  • What materials are needed for the tracks?

The plan can be made on paper or using a computer. The method is not so important, it is important that in the end you have a detailed landscape design scheme for your plot with a vegetable garden. The layout diagram might look something like the figure. Sign below what corresponds to each number.

On the plan, you need to mark everything: the size of the beds, the width of the paths, materials, decorative elements, types of plants. If you are making a plan on a computer, attach a photo to understand how your garden should look roughly.

It is important to think over which crops will bloom and bear fruit in different seasons, as well as their interchangeability, because as they are used for food, plants may lose their decorative appearance or simply end.

It is also necessary to provide convenient paths to all areas of the garden. Better if they are paved with hard material. Make an estimate for the arrangement of the garden. Consider not only the price of plants and materials, but also the cost of delivery and work.

To work out ornamental garden technology, I used my own site. The decision was made a few years ago when, in a 2-year course in landscape architecture at the Conservation Society, a teacher showed us, among others, a slide of a French vegetable garden. I really wanted to do something similar on my site.

My " decorative french garden"is inscribed in the garden as a separate green room. Its walls are hedges made of weeping white willow and brilliant cotoneaster, mixborder, and on the fourth side there are purple bird cherry, common scumpia and lianas (maiden grapes, yellow-leaved hops, petiolate hydrangea).

Explication of the ornamental garden

  • mixborder
  • coniferous module
  • common scumpia
  • petiolate hydrangea
  • bird cherry purple
  • girlish grapes, hops
  • container garden
  • cotoneaster hedge
  • chubushnik
  • willow hedge
  • miniature rose with alyssum lining
  • bed
  • padding from the summer
  • backfill from decorative shabby
  • drainage

Login to decorative vegetable garden located between the mixborder and the willow hedge.

Main composition ornamental garden - the central module, where juniper, thuja western 'Kolumna', thuja heather, purple berry are planted. From the center there are 8 rays-beds. On two are planted strawberries, on three small ones - "green tea" or flowers, and on the other three - vegetables: beets, carrots, onions, radishes, lettuce, turnips and others.

The miniature roses planted at their inner corners with padding of sea alyssum (white), which form a ring around the module, help to combine the ridges with different cultures into a common composition. An outer ring of white alyssum can also be formed.

Ridges-rays are edged with asbestos-cement slabs 35 cm wide. They are deepened by 23 cm, and wooden boards covered with pinotex (12x4 cm) are attached to the 12 cm wide part protruding on the surface with self-tapping screws (see Fig.). They serve only a decorative function. The border of the module is made of paving stones.

Since backfilling of the row spacing with gravel (20 cm layer) proved to be very expensive for us, a different technology was chosen. The earth was chosen to a depth of only 8 cm, tamped down and covered with strips of roofing material with an overlap of 30-50 cm at the joints (to exclude the germination of weed seeds). Decorative crushed stone was poured onto roofing material with a layer of 5-7 cm (fraction 5-20 mm). The place under the garden has a slope to the south of about 5-7 °, drainage is made.

Snow melts here very early in spring. The beds warm up much faster, because, firstly, they are raised, and, secondly, the passages covered with rubble are large enough in area. The vegetable garden has existed for 6 years and I am very pleased with it. It looks attractive throughout the season and grooming is kept to a minimum.

The only omission is that the edges of the asbestos-cement slabs in some places began to delaminate over time. They should have been painted immediately after installation, then they would have lasted longer.

With the help of this garden, I solved another problem. I really wanted to have plants in containers in the garden, but since we had no paving except paths, there was nowhere to put them. And in my French garden, such a place appeared. The flowerpots look natural there, the plants are in the sun. They decorate the "green room" very much, and every year I have the opportunity to change the composition.

Configuration and design ornamental garden can be any, the main thing is that it fits into your garden. And when arranging beds, remember that they must be convenient for processing. It is very important to correctly calculate the width of the aisles between the ridges - it will be necessary to carry a wheelbarrow with soil or seedlings along them.

In places of turning the width should be wider so that a person with a wheelbarrow could "fit in" there. It is imperative to think over how in the fall it will be possible to collect fallen leaves from a loose coating (for this purpose we bought a special vacuum cleaner, which is used for a fraction of crushed stone of at least 5 mm).

In addition to gravel or crushed stone, brick chips, tiles, crushed bark, chips, etc. are used. You should also think about watering - it should be as easy as possible.

Ornamental garden styles

Most often, the landscape design of the garden is done in one of several styles.

Flowerbed - the most traditional. It differs from the usual one in that vegetables are not planted in the beds, but in flower beds, where they are combined with other plants.

Modular landscape design is suitable for large areas. In this case, the beds of the correct geometric shape are arranged at some distance from each other, and wide paved paths are made between them. Such a landscape design looks strict and beautiful, but maintaining the garden in proper form requires a significant investment of time and labor.

Vertical style suitable for the design of hedges that delimit the area of ​​the site. Thus, you can use fences and walls and rationally plan a small area.

Potted option suitable if plants need to be moved, for example, to free up a recreation area. Such a mobile vegetable garden looks unusual. A variety of suitable sized containers can be used for planting plants.

Rustic style well suited for decorating a decorative garden. The charm of a quiet village life is emphasized by the combination of vegetable beds with irregular flower beds, fruit trees and unpretentious decor, which can be, for example, gardening tools, bird feeders.

Moorish lawns, climbing plants, hedges will fit into the rural style of the garden. The main thing is that in this style a clear layout and excessive accuracy are not allowed.

Modern style combines beds of abstract forms, on which vegetables can be planted in rows or in separate sections, clumps. The beds are separated by cobbled paths, borders made of logs, bricks, and undersized plants.

Original solutions will also fit well into such a garden, for example, plants in containers or vertical beds and flower beds, wooden terraces and small architectural forms.

French style implies a specific color palette. It is dominated by shades of green, blue, white and purple. Neat symmetrical elements are used here: flower beds, lawns, curbs.

In some places, you can place flowerpots with plants. For paving paths, curbs and terraces, stone is used, and paths are also sprinkled with gravel. Hedges are also good. An obligatory element is a cozy seating area with a bench among the bushes. The French garden requires attention and care.

English landscape design implies well-groomed lawns and at the same time a natural appearance. Trees and shrubs are arranged in small groups.

Favorite plants are roses, crocuses, hydrangeas, daffodils and other bulbs. Climbing plants are required in the English garden. Artificial ponds and streams are also welcome.

What we plant from plants

When choosing plants for the garden, take into account your region, humidity, area illumination, soil composition. It is best to choose zoned varieties. When buying seedlings or seeds, pay attention to their quality.

Group the plants into groups:

  • vegetables,
  • greens,
  • spicy aromatic herbs,
  • flowers for cutting,
  • decorative deciduous,
  • shrubs and others.

As you use vegetables for food, some areas of the beds will be freed. To prevent them from looking empty, sow greens on them, for example, dill, parsley, basil. Its leaves can also decorate the garden.

Some varieties of cabbage and beets have beautiful leaves. Flowers of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peas can also be decorative. Different shades of foliage will be beautifully combined in beds with leafy and spicy aromatic herbs: parsley, dill, spinach, lettuce, oregano, mint, lemon balm, basil, sage, fennel, various types of onions. Some herbs that can be used for making tea or as medicinal ones also bloom beautifully: these are marigolds, St. John's wort, cornflowers, yarrow.

Separate zones of the garden can be divided by a hedge made of shrubs, in which rose hips, willow, viburnum, and chubushnik are used. Along the fence and in some areas, you can plant unpretentious flowers and decorative leafy plants: daisy, decorative whitewash, cornflowers, red-leaved plantain, yarrow, foxglove, chamomile.

It is important to plant garden crops, taking into account their requirements for humidity and light. Tall plants should not cover undersized plants.

If you are planting perennial flowers, keep in mind that they will grow in a few years, so leave some distance between them. You should also consider: color and texture of leaves, size, color and time of fruit appearance, flowering time.

Even an ordinary vegetable garden can be made beautiful. Garden plants such as beets, cabbage, dill, no worse than ornamental crops, can decorate the site. It is important to plan the placement of the plants in advance and to maintain the appearance of the garden throughout the season.

We grow clematis from seeds

Clematis (Lomonosas) are often called "kings of lianas". They delight with their original beauty of flowers, leaves and delicate shoots. Everyone who creates a garden cannot ignore this tenderness and charm.

Large-flowered varieties and hybrid forms are usually propagated vegetatively. Small-flowered species bear fruit successfully and steadily inherit their specific features or exhibit some polymorphism. Such species as hogweed, oriental, Isphagan, saw-leaved, Tangut and other clematis reach large sizes in the first year, bloom, and set seeds. This allows for successful seed reproduction.

In stores and shopping centers, the assortment of clematis seeds expands from season to season. The choice must be taken responsibly.

  1. The climatic conditions must be suitable for the cultivation of this type of clematis. Recommended for widespread use:
    • Hogweed
    • Grape-leaved
    • Shrub lobed
    • Lanuginose
    • Straight
    • Gray
    • Tangut
    • Purple
    • Whole-leaved
    • Six-lobed
  2. The seeds of various types of clematis retain their similarity from a year to four years. Every year of storage, the viability decreases, so be very careful about the implementation period.
  3. Large and medium-sized seeds need stratification. They are planted immediately after harvest (in autumn or early winter). Small ones should be sown in spring (March-April).

I want to share my experience of growing Tangut clematis from seeds. His homeland is southeast of Central Asia, western China, Mongolia. Recommended for widespread use in various areas of the country. The seeds are small, the type of germination is aboveground - this means that the growing point is located above the ground. On March 19th, without pre-sowing treatment, I planted 20 seeds in a box with a mixture of earth and sand (2: 1). In accordance with the recommendation on the package, the seeds were lightly sprinkled with sand and watered on top. She put a plastic bag on the box, which she turned out every day before germination to remove condensation. The first shoots appeared in 15 days. The largest and fullest seeds germinated, but the puny and very small ones did not sprout. A total of 6 seedlings turned out. Of these, only one had the strength to throw off the seed valves from the cotyledon leaves. The rest could not cope with this task on their own. 2 shoots died without releasing the cotyledons. From three, I myself removed the shell of the seed. At the same time, the growth point of two sprouts was damaged, and they died. One suffered from leaflets, which significantly slowed down its initial development. Further care was carried out as usual, as for other seedlings. The sprouts were thin and very tender. Therefore, with a doubt, I pinched the second real sheet. After this operation, the thin shoot began to gain strength very slowly, to thicken. At the end of May, the first tiny buds appeared, which I removed. 2 Bushes were ready for planting in the ground. On June 12, I planted it in the ground in pre-prepared pits with drainage. When planting, I added Kemira Universal fertilizer according to the instructions and 3 glasses of ash. When planting clematis, it is necessary to deepen the root collar, depending on age (from 5 to 12 centimeters). Since I did not want to take risks and I had no experience of growing, I found a compromise. She filled the planting hole 5 cm below the soil level, planted seedlings at this level, deepening the root collar by 1 cm.On top, she poured a layer of sand with the addition of ash 3 cm and poured pink potassium permanganate. The shoots are braided on a support (1 m2). She planted nasturtium nearby, which covered the ground around the base of clematis shoots with its foliage and suppressed the growth of weeds. 2 weeks after planting, I carried out top dressing with Ideal fertilizer. I spent the next 3 weeks on vacation and my garden was left unattended the whole time. The weather was clear, there was no rain. I was worried that my clematis would dry out, but they passed this test and on July 19 they pleased me with their first flowers.

After watering one more foliar top dressing with Ideal, the clematis grew to such an extent that the support was already hopelessly small. There were many flowers, their size increased as the entire vine grew. The first September frost killed the nasturtium, but clematis remained unharmed. The last photo was taken on October 3.

From my experience, it can be concluded that growing clematis from seeds is no more difficult than sage or mandarda. It is only necessary to carry out pre-sowing seed treatment, which will significantly increase germination. Planting depth 2-3 seed diameters, roll on top of planting. Use the most suitable fertilizers (there are now many choices for flower crops). You need to take care of a decent support in advance so that clematis looks like a wonderful carpet on it. I would like to wish everyone good luck and great success in decorating my garden.

Cottage garden vegetable garden in the north. Little secrets of gardening

So what should those who live to the north, having a garden and a vegetable garden, do to indulge themselves with vegetables and fruits? Here are a few little tricks to keep in mind.

Enrichment of plots with fertile soil

It is especially important to do this in places with stone deposits, the so-called kurums, which are the result of long destruction of rocks by wind, water and time. Before planting a garden in such an area, it is necessary to properly supply it with black soil.

Wind protection

Fences, trees planted around the perimeter, even placing buildings on the site can help keep your garden out of the wind. For example, the entire site can be divided into zones with berry perennial shrubs, which also become a shield from the wind of smaller crops.

Also, many experienced gardeners use hedge barriers to prevent cold mountain winds from freezing the beds in winter. In addition, in the Urals, shrubs such as currants, grapes, rose hips are covered for the winter, choosing for this a special film or fabric.

Planting mature seedlings

You can sow and grow it in advance in the house in pots. Be sure to dive. When the seedlings have 3-4 leaves, transplant them into more fertile soil, pinching the main root so that the entire root system begins to develop better.

It is also useful, if possible, to harden the seedlings so that after transplanting to a permanent place, it hurts less and takes root faster. To do this, it is placed on a balcony or veranda when spring evenings are still cool (up to + 5 °) and left for 1-2 hours.

Using warm beds

They are prepared in advance. This is best done in the fall. The procedure is performed as follows:

  1. The place in the garden for the future bed is fenced with boards. They fall asleep inside and trample the grass
  2. This is followed by a layer of wood waste, you can take sawdust and small branches after pruning. Next is a layer of cardboard for packaging, waste paper or newspapers. All this is carefully compacted
  3. A layer of humus, compost or podoprevny manure is laid on top, it will not allow weeds to break into the garden bed. Followed by all the mown grass
  4. Now it remains only until the end of summer to add weeds and grass there after weeding. It is advisable to water every week so that organic waste will rot
  5. By the next season, the warm bed is ready. It remains only to cover it with a 10-centimeter layer of soil and plant a vegetable garden.

In the process of decomposition, heat is released in such beds, heating the soil, which contributes to good plant growth, protects against sudden changes in temperature and frost as well.

You can also arrange greenhouses and greenhouses, which will help not only protect the garden and vegetable garden from winds and low temperatures, but also save on watering. It is also a great way to enjoy ripe fruits first.


If we talk about watering, then it is necessary to take into account the needs of each plant in the garden separately. Many of them cannot be watered with cold water, otherwise they will hurt. Therefore, if there is a spring or a well on the site, then it is better to acquire an irrigation pit or a container where the spring water can first heat up a little.

The site can be uneven due to the mountainous and hilly Ural area. Therefore, even when planning a garden, it is advisable to take into account the placement of plantings. Since water can collect in the lowlands, it means that it is desirable to plant more moisture-loving plants there.


Since the territory of the Urals is not only temperature drops, but also strong winds, many unnecessary seeds are introduced into the territory of the gardens. Weed control must be carried out constantly. This can be done by choosing rhizomes when preparing the soil.

  1. If the ground was loosened, it is better to dig up the plot with a pitchfork, since you can cut the roots of the weeds with a shovel, thereby increasing their number
  2. You can burn young shoots of grass in carrot or beet beds with a blowtorch fire, as they sprout first. After that, be sure to cool the soil by watering
  3. It is better to weed the larger grass with your hands, pulling it out from the roots. And try to prevent the flowering of the weed so that it does not have time to sow. There are also chemical control agents such as Tornado 1000. These are usually applied in the fall after harvest.


In specialized stores, you can find a huge selection of various fertilizers that will help you grow your garden much faster, despite bad weather or the rocky soil of the Urals. It is recommended to use succinic acid or "Life-giving force" biocompost to stimulate growth.

Also, some organic fertilizers and natural insulation can be found in your yard: manure or humus, sawdust, wood ash, bird droppings, peat, silt.

Major mistakes in buying seeds

Forewarned is forearmed. Therefore, get acquainted with the mistakes that are most often made when buying seeds for the next year.

Refusal to buy seeds in simple sachets

A bright, catchy label attracts customers, and they often do not pay attention to simple white bags, but in vain. Often, such packaging contains high-quality seeds, the cost of which is much lower, sometimes even several times.

Catchy printing increases the cost of goods, so it turns out that you pay not so much for the seeds as for their packaging.

Excessive savings

Buying seeds in simple sachets saves you money. However, you should not be too frugal, preferring extremely cheap products, especially in colored packaging. It is not for nothing that the proverb warns: "The miser pays twice." How would not have to then in the spring run for new seeds and resell the beds or flower beds.

It is better to stay at the golden mean, because a product that is too expensive may not meet expectations, and a product that is too cheap should alert you, because may be fake or of poor quality.

Selection of seeds according to the picture on the package

What tricks do marketers use to get us to buy this or that product. And the fleshy tomatoes and juicy peppers, beautiful radishes and even carrots depicted on the bags look so tempting. And you are already looking forward to how you will boast of the grown crop in front of your friends.

But, in order not to be disappointed and not to throw money down the drain, first of all read what is written on the back of the bag. It may happen that this variety is not suitable for growing in your climatic conditions, or it does not like the composition of the soil on the site.

Better yet, find real reviews of specific varietal seeds on the Internet. Fortunately, almost everyone has a telephone at their fingertips, and you can even access the World Wide Web "without leaving the checkout."

Refusal to purchase pelleted seeds

Recently, seeds have appeared on sale in special casings, on ribbons, etc., which greatly facilitates the life of the gardener. They germinate better, are protected from many diseases and do not attract pests. But, like anything new, buyers are often wary of such a product.

Many fear that vegetables grown from pelleted or encrusted seeds will harm their health. And it is completely in vain, because these seeds are simply treated with a complex of growth stimulants and fertilizers or fungicides and insecticides. Therefore, you do not have to deal with their seedbed preparation.

In order for the pelleted seeds to sprout faster, they must be sown dry in moist soil. In the absence of precipitation, the bed should be watered periodically so that the shell dissolves faster.

Selection of seeds without taking into account the climatic conditions of the region

Zoned seeds are specially adapted to the climatic conditions of specific regions, therefore, they have better germination, the plants then develop well and can withstand adverse weather conditions. Such seeds are guaranteed to give high yields.

But buyers often ignore this important characteristic of the seed, especially when visiting outlets of large chains with a single ordering policy. In such stores, as a rule, planting material is imported without taking into account regional peculiarities.

The same can be said for buying seeds advertised on television and on the Internet. Perhaps they are really productive and of high quality, but just not designed for your area and climate.

Spontaneous seed purchases

Walking in the market by old women selling seeds and praising their goods, or shelving in a store with vegetables and flowers tempting on bags, how can you resist buying? And if you also get on the sale, then it is difficult not to buy everything in a row: it does not matter whether you need these seeds or not.

As a result, you accumulate too many extra seeds. And it's good if you manage to avoid problems with their quality. Therefore, in order not to make unnecessary purchases, try to bypass such places or carry a list of necessary seeds with you.

Buying seeds for future use

Seeds are not a commodity that can be stocked up for many years in advance, because they have their own shelf life. In addition, if you open the package, they lose their quality and germination. This is especially true for seeds in foil.

Therefore, try to buy seeds with only a small supply, so that you do not have to throw away the surplus later and complain about your extravagance.

Buying hybrids to get your seeds

The seeds of the hybrids, which are marked with the F1 mark, produce rich yields of disease and pest resistant crops, but they are much more expensive than ordinary seeds. Some gardeners, hoping to save money, are trying to get their seeds from the grown hybrid plants.

Of course, this experiment does not lead to anything good. After all, seeds do not inherit the properties of hybrids. Often they grow into plants that are not much like their wonderful "parents".

If you love hybrid seeds so much, be prepared to buy them every year.

Lack of attention to seed quality

The quality of the seeds is the first thing to look for when buying them. It is clear that you will not open the bag and you will not know what is inside. Therefore, you need to purchase seeds from well-known and proven manufacturers, preferably several, so as not to be left without a crop.

Not only the manufacturer should be verified, but also the seller. After all, their germination and quality depend on the conditions in which the seeds are stored.

Unfortunately, you can often come across counterfeit products, and in a bag under the brand of a well-known manufacturer, at best, substandard, and at worst - weed seeds.

Therefore, carefully study the appearance of the package and everything that is written on it. A blurry photo on it is the first sign of a fake. And if it also leaves traces of paint on your fingers, be sure - this is counterfeit.

A clear sign of counterfeiting will be the printing of expiry dates, batch numbers and seed quantities in typographic print. These inscriptions are printed with a stamp, and most often they come in ink colors. If you compare two identical bags, you will see that these labels are located differently.

Also, don't forget the expiration dates. If they are close to the end, then it is better to refrain from buying. Pay attention also to other characteristics of the seed: the number of seeds, growing conditions, flowering and fruiting times, plant height, etc.

Passion for novelties and exotic

New varieties and hybrids of vegetables, berries and flowers appear on the market every year. But in order not to risk the entire harvest, you should not sow them the whole garden or flower bed. It is enough to experiment on one plot.

As for exotic "miracle plants", which, according to advertisements, have a mass of excellent properties and qualities, in fact, they often turn out to be fiction, and the pictures on their bags are the skillful work of designers.

When preparing for the new season, there are no trifles, and even more so in such an important matter as the acquisition of seeds. It is not enough to prepare them yourself or purchase them of the proper quality and the right quantity in the store. Seeds still need to be properly stored away from sunlight and heating appliances.


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