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Growing seeds can seem intimidating and complicated for budding gardeners, but it is a rewarding and fun process once you get the hang of it, and the benefits don't end there. There are many different benefits to growing seeds, such as cost effectiveness, you know what you are getting, a sense of pride and much more.

There are too many different vegetables you can grow at home, but often it can be confusing. There are so many different brands and words that you may not understand. In this article we will address these issues and help you get started in the garden.




The most important facts

  • Home-grown vegetables are healthier, fresher and contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than store-bought vegetables.
  • Planting vegetable seeds is a healthy way to control your diet, know the origin of your vegetables and avoid possible pesticides.
  • Growing your own vegetables can save you money, not only at the grocery shop, but also at the gym

The Best Vegetable Seeds: Our Picks

Below we have compiled our favourites. This should help you make your buying decision easier and find the right one for your needs.

Buying and evaluation criteria for vegetable seeds

We have compiled the most important buying criteria for our vegetable seed selection for you. These criteria will help you better understand your own selection and find the best seeds for your needs.

Package size

When buying seeds, you cannot count the seeds individually and the only possible measurement is their weight. The pack weight is very important as it indicates how many seeds are in the pack. The more it weighs, the more seeds you have bought.

Number of seeds

Different brands offer different numbers of seeds in their packets. If you only wanted 1 type of seed, you don't need to buy a big packet. There are small packets with only 1 type of seed.

Types of vegetable seeds

The type of vegetable seeds is one of the most important criteria. There are a variety of seeds in large packets and you may not like all of them or wanted to plant them. Different brands offer different packages, but it is also possible to buy vegetable seeds separately and choose your favourite.

Organic seeds

We are what we eat, and organic food can improve your life. Eating your home-grown plants is a great feeling, but knowing that the seeds you used for those vegetables are organic is even better.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about vegetable seeds answered in detail

In the following sections we answer the most important questions about vegetable seeds. It is about types of seeds and about tips and useful information. There are also technical questions about vegetable seeds.

When should I plant vegetable seeds?

That depends on what you want to plant. Flowers, vegetables, berries and trees all have their planting time. To be sure, check a planting calendar, which also shows the best time to plant each regional vegetable.

Healthy vegetables that can be grown in your own garden and eaten fresh and in season. (Image source: unsplash / Markus Spiske)

What types of vegetable seeds are there?

There are all kinds of vegetable seeds to buy. You should always choose the ones you consume the most and like the most. There is no limit to the choice of vegetable seeds, only recommendations. We always recommend choosing vegetables that are also grown in your region.

How deep should I plant vegetable seeds?

In general, seeds should be planted at a depth equal to twice the width or diameter of the seed. Seeds planted too deep in the soil may grow into weak, feeble seedlings or not germinate at all.

If buried too far below the soil surface, the seed may not receive the light it needs to germinate.

How often should I water vegetable seeds?

Seeds usually need to be watered at least once a day to keep the soil moist and prevent it from drying out. In particularly warm climates (or depending on your soil or garden setup) you may need to water more than once a day or once every 2 days.

It all depends on the climate. Check your seeds or seedlings often to make sure they have enough water.

How long does it take for vegetable seeds to germinate?

To get straight to the answer and then think about the variables that can change it, most vegetable seeds take an average of one to two weeks to germinate, from the time you plant them in the ground to the time you see the green leaf appear. T

omates, beets, chard, squash, onions take about 3 days and peppers, aubergines, fennel, celery that can take 5+ days.

Conclusion

As vegetarian or vegan lifestyles become more popular or concerns about pesticides or fertilisers in the diet become more vocal, many people have taken to growing their own vegetables.

This process requires some knowledge about seeds and planting. Often it can be confusing and time consuming, but we have tried to collect the most important criteria and answer the most common questions to help you choose the best vegetable seeds for your garden.

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