Ordering Seeds for Beginning Farmers

February 19, 2019
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Your official guide to ordering seeds as a beginning farmer.

Ordering Seeds for Beginning Farmers

Even with most of the country battling cold temperatures and snow, the fact is we are already in February and spring will be here before we know it. That means it's time to start thinking about planting season.


If you're just beginning, or looking to add some more veggies to your farm and/or garden, here are some tips to help you get started.

Know the Weather in Your Area

Do you live in the south where it's warm and humid or are you in the Colorado Mountains? Each part of the country offers a unique climate where certain crops thrive and others don't. In the north, vegetables like lettuce, carrots, broccoli and most root crops can flourish because they can survive light frosts. Other warm weather fruits and vegetables like melons, squashes, cucumber and corn all die with the first frost, so they need to grow during warmer months.

Start Now

If you want to get the seeds you need and want, make sure you order early. Some catalogs sell out quickly of certain seed varieties. If you have a shorter growing season, you can also start seedlings indoors so they can be transplanted outside once it warms up.

Know the Terminology

Speaking of seed catalogs, they use a lot of specific terminology you need to know (if you don't already). Terms like "non-GMO" and "open pollinated" are terms you should be familiar with. You can ask your local extension office if there are terms you aren't sure about.

Test your Soil

Before you plant, make sure you know your soil type. A simple test can easily show how to amend your soil for better growth.

Make a Plan

Just like in any business, a plan will help you set goals, create a timeline and map out any opportunities or roadblocks you might face and how to overcome them.

Utilize Local Resources

Your local cooperative extension office for any questions or concerns you might have along the way. They can also offer some suggestions on which seed catalogs are best to order from.


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