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7 Things Your Seed Packet Can Tell You

What All Those Gardening Terms Really Mean


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Some packets will include hardiness maps, detailed instructions for how to germinate the seeds indoors, probable days until harvest and what kind of helpful insects the plant might attract. Some seed packets even provide drying instructions or recipes!

Needless to say, your seed packets are a great resource of information during all stages of gardening: planning, sowing, growing and harvesting. It can be very helpful to hang onto the packets after you are done sowing the seeds to referrence later. And if you can't use up all the seeds within a packet, most can be stored in their packets in a cool, dry place and used next season!

McLeond. Judyth Botanica’s Organic Gardening: The Healthy Way to Live. San Diego: Laurel Glen Publishing, 2002
Trail, Gayla You Grow Girl. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005
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Jenny is a stay-at-home mom to her young children, Augustine and Olive. An avid gardener and baker, she enjoys writing about health and childcare topics to empower people to make healthy choices. See all of Jenny's articles.

Member Comments

  • This is a good article, but the word 'sentances' is spelled wrong. - 4/20/2014 8:33:18 AM
  • I'm sorry, I'm going to nitpick a little. I think it's biennial (every two years) as opposed to biannual ( twice a year) and while some perennials reseed, most die back but don't die off in the winter, keeping them coming back year after year. Thanks so much for covering garden topics on here! I love gardening and just finished building a greenhouse. :) - 4/19/2014 7:12:24 AM
  • interesting! too late this season but will know for next time! Thank you! - 7/8/2010 3:50:04 PM

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