How to Read a Seed Catalog

 


Article by: Kathy Anderson

Long before the first daffodils of the year come into bloom, seed , Decorating Outdoor Decks and Patios With Themes catalogs are delivered to our mailboxes to herald the arrival of Spring. , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC A good seed , Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas catalog contains so much information, , Plants - Your New Roommate it can sometimes be overwhelming for a novice gardener to decide which seeds , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular to buy for their garden. , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Today I'll explain how to , Water Pond Safety interpret catalog descriptions for vegetable, , Fences herb , Want A View? Start Growing Orchids On Trees and flower , Local Shops seeds.

Let's start with vegetable , How To Improve Garden Soil Naturally and herb , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC seed descriptions, since they're fairly straightforward. A typical catalog listing for these seeds , Gypsum Valuable Input for Agriculture will look something like this description for lettuce seeds:

"Black Seeded Simpson (45 Day) Crisp, tender and sweet. Heat , Backyard Ponds resistant. Pkt. $1.25"

In this description, "Black Seeded Simpson" is the name of the lettuce variety. "45 Day" refers to the average length of time from when the seeds , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC germinate until the plant , Growing Tomatoes A Hobby for Everyone matures and is ready to harvest. Keep in mind that this number should be used only as an estimation. The actual maturity time will vary slightly with your particular growing , Wedding Flowers conditions and the weather. , Top 5 Secrets to Growing Beautiful Carnivorous Plants This number is a rough guide and should be used mostly as a comparison with other varieties and when planning when to plant , The Garden Statue - -Stone, Metal, Or Gnome? successive crops.

That's pretty simple, right? But catalog descriptions aren't that cut and dried for every vegetable. , Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas

Take sweet corn, , Plants - Your New Roommate for instance. The catalog description may indicate the length you can expect each ear to be at maturity, and even how many rows of kernels to expect on each ear. But you may also see some odd letters after the names of the corn , Wrought Iron Garden Benches varieties offered in some catalogs. EH, se, sh2, su"¦it's like a secret code. Actually, these letters tell you a little about the flavor you can expect long before you ever bite into the first sweet, tender ear.

First of all, when you see any of these designations after the variety name, you'll know you're looking at a hybrid corn , Landscaping Tips variety. These hybrids have been developed for certain desirable characteristics, such as flavor, tenderness, or durability for shipping.

An "su" hybrid is a normal sugary hybrid. They tend to be creamy and sweet, but they don't store well. An "su" hybrid should be eaten within a couple of days of harvest. This would be a good choice for a home , Maintaining Water Quality in a Garden Pond garden, but a poor choice for a commercial corn , How To Improve Garden Soil Naturally grower. They tend to not cross pollinate with the neighbor's corn. , Let Life and Energy Flow from the Garden

An "se" variety is a sugary enhanced hybrid. These varieties have a smooth, butter texture, very tender kernels and a longer harvest period. Sugary enhanced hybrids also tend to not cross pollinate readily, and need not be isolated from your neighbor's corn. , Fences

Supersweet hybrid corn , The Rich History of Wild Roses is designated as "sh2". These varieties have a gene that enhances their sweetness and produces firm, crisp and juicy kernels. The texture is not as creamy as "se" or "su" varieties, but supersweet varieties do hold their flavor for up to ten days after harvest, making them a good choice for commercial growers. Supersweet corn , Tick Removal will cross pollinate readily with other corn , Soil PH...An Important "Key" To Successful Gardening--In Plain English varieties, resulting in starchy kernels, so it's best to plant , The Ultimate Magic Garden supersweet varieties at least 25 feet from other corn , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond in your garden. , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room

Now let's talk about flower , Spurce Up Your Garden With Decorative Birdhouses seeds.

Flowering plants , Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas are categorized as either Annuals, , Tick Removal Biennials , Healthy Soils Equal Bountiful Harvest! or Perennials. , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Garden Annuals , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular will complete their entire life cycle in one growing season. , Add Color and Fragrance to Your Garden with the Korean Spice Viburnum Their seeds , Add Color and Fragrance to Your Garden with the Korean Spice Viburnum are planted in the spring, , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room the plant , How To Improve Garden Soil Naturally grows rather quickly and blooms that same season. , The Ultimate Magic Garden Marigolds and sunflowers are examples of flowering annuals. , Spurce Up Your Garden With Decorative Birdhouses

A biennial plant , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room will spend its first growing season , Gypsum Valuable Input for Agriculture establishing itself and storing energy. , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly But it's not until the following growing season , Wicker Patio Furniture - Buying and Maintenance Tips that a biennial , Tick Removal will bloom. Foxgloves and hollyhocks are biennials. , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons

Perennials are plants , Natural Gardens that will continue to grow , Landscaping Tips year after year without being replanted. They typically go dormant over winter , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC and grow , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room back from their roots , Natural Gardens the following spring. , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons Astilbe, hostas and daylilies are examples of perennials. , Backyard Ponds

Before choosing seeds , Top 5 Secrets to Growing Beautiful Carnivorous Plants from a catalog, you'll need to know which growing , Want A View? Start Orchids On Trees zone you live in. Growing , How to Pick Up the Most Necessary Gardening Tools? zones, also known as hardiness zones, are based on the average minimum temperatures , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs for each zone. A growing , Online Florists zone map is included in every good garden , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room catalog, making it quite easy to identify your garden's hardiness zone. Growing , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs zones with higher numbers are in warmer climates, , Plants - Your New Roommate while growing , Fences zones with lower numbers are in the north.

For all perennials, , Planting Tomatoes in Your Garden biennials, , The Basic Steps to Bamboo Gardening trees , Adirondack Chairs - The Proper Way to Care for Them and shrubs, , Plants - Your New Roommate catalogs will indicate the range of zones in which the plants , The Ultimate Magic Garden will perform consistently. For instance, Blue , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular Fountains delphinium is listed as hardy in zones 3-7. This plant , Growing Tomatoes A Hobby for Everyone would not be likely to survive a long, cold winter , Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas in zone 2, nor would it tend to grow , Wrought Iron Garden Benches well in the heat , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs of zones 8 or 9.

For best results and the most satisfaction from your gardening , Want A View? Start Growing Orchids On Trees efforts, always choose seeds , Tick Removal for plants , Transing Tips that are hardy to the growing , Wedding Flowers zone you live in. Buy seeds , The Ultimate Magic Garden from a reputable company and avoid discounted seeds , The Rich History of Wild Roses left over from the previous year. Most seed , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs companies print planting instructions for each seed , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC variety right on the back of the seed , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly packet. By following these instructions carefully and choosing your seeds , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs wisely, you'll be well on your way to having a terrific garden. , Backyard Ponds
Kathy Anderson has been an avid gardener for many years and has grown tomatoes , Backyard Ponds by the acre, along with many other vegetables, , Landscaping Tips flowers , Water Pond Safety and landscape , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room plants. Kathy recommends http://www.freeplants.com as a great place , Online Florists to learn more about gardening. , Marsh Marigold Article provided by http://gardening-articles.com.

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