By Leah Allen
March is an unpredictable month. Frankly, I don’t trust March at all. Remember the old riddle “If March comes in like a lion, it’ll go out like a lamb and if it comes in like a lamb, it’ll go out like a lion?” Well I feel March doesn’t care about lions or lambs, March does whatever it wants. That includes possibly having a 60-degree day followed by a nor’easter with inches of snow and then back to 60 degrees again. It’s hard to predict how March will go weather-wise or where to even start because of that.
This March, I want to focus on some gardening basics, starting with how to read a seed packet.
Seed packets can be a bit overwhelming and downright confusing with all the fine print.
Basically when you break it down, each packet has a little biography about the seed, including the complete name (common and Latin), proper planting directions, a short summary of characteristics, and what environment it will do best in.
It’s important to remember that seed companies vary in quality and how they choose to market their seeds. So whether it’s a simple drawing of a tomato on the front of the packet versus a realistic glossy photo, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is the reputable seed source from where you’re getting the seed. A good seed source is worth its weight in gold. In addition to our local seed lending library located at Wheeler Library, you can also check out my list of reputable – many CT-based – seed companies that I’m certain you’ll find great success with.
Let’s start with the front of the packet.
Let’s move on to the back, shall we?
(not shown) Light categories – How much sun does this plant want? Full sun means 6-plus hours per day. Partial shade/partial sun means 3 to 6 hours of sun per day. Full shade means less than 3 hours of sun per day.
For additional information on seed packets, visit www.burpeeseeds.com
And there you have it, the complete navigation through a seed packet. Now get sowing!
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