What kind of a seed buyer are you?
Do you carefully read all of the seed catalogs sent to you and then browse the Internet to compare and contrast all the options, then decide which seeds to buy?
Do you buy seeds from ‘bricks and mortar’ stores and get whatever appeals to you as you are browsing?
Do you buy vegetable seeds in bulk where they scoop them out of seed bins, weigh them and put them in hand-marked envelopes?
Do you buy seeds for just vegetables, or just annual flowers? Do you buy seeds for perennial flowers?
Do you know what stratification and scarification are? Have you done either or both with seeds?
Do you order seeds from more than one seed company to save on shipping or buy from whoever has the seeds you want, even if it means paying nearly the same for shipping as you do for the actual seeds?
Do you buy more seeds than you could ever sow in one season?
Do you only buy seeds to direct sow into the garden or do you end up with flats of seedlings in any window of the house with decent light?
Do you save your own seeds from year to year and exchange them with other seed savers?
Do you even buy seeds?
Do you have a fear of seeds? Some gardeners don’t try seeds, why not?
Do you understand seeds? I once bought seeds at a Walmart in January (Burpee Seeds) and the cashier asked me, “Do these really work? Yes, they do. “Isn’t it too cold to plant them now?” Well, yes, if you are planning to plant them outside. I don’t think this cashier grew up around anyone who gardened.
Do you list all your seeds on a spreadsheet, so you can sort the list by when you should sow them so you have a master seed plan of sorts?
Do you keep all the old seeds and seed packets from year to year, scattered about in various drawers, boxes, and baskets?
Do you determine germination percentage for old seed?
I suspect the answers to the above would tell us a lot about what type of gardener someone was.
I’ve got seeds on my mind, now that the holidays are past. I’ll be posting more on seeds in the coming weeks as I journey through seed catalogs, look for seeds to show up in the store, and decide which ones I will buy this year. And, I’ll answer these questions and more about my own seedy… um make that seed… habits.