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Seed Trends for Innovative Organic Gardening

Discover new seed trends for innovative organic gardening. As soon as seed catalogs start arriving in the mailbox, gardeners face some difficult choices. What should you plant next year? Here are 15 trends for gardeners to consider when buying seeds this year.

| December 2008/January 2009

It’s time to start planning your garden and ordering seeds! Check out these 15 hot seed trends for innovative organic gardening.

Seed Trends for Innovative Organic Gardening

Last winter, Territorial Seeds in Cottage Grove, Oregon, surveyed its customers to see when they wanted their new seed catalog to arrive in the mail. The results: Gardeners want new catalogs as soon as holiday fever breaks in the last week of December.

Is it that we can’t wait to dive into a new season of gardening, or that it takes that long to figure out what we want? Perhaps a bunch of both. As I made late-season check-in calls to a dozen seed companies with organic inclinations, I discovered that gardeners’ desires are changing, and changing fast. From orange cauliflower to salad bar crops for the chicken yard, today’s organic gardeners have a long list of plans and dreams that begin with seeds. Here are 15 ways innovative gardeners are using seeds to make their gardens better than they have ever been.

1. Fresh Food For Any Season

Instead of short lists of mainstream vegetable seeds such as tomatoes and squash, customers are placing larger, more complicated orders that include gourmet goodies such as corn salad and bulb fennel. In addition, gardeners are planting gardens that start early and end late with the help of more cold-hardy vegetables.



“Last year we sold twice as much spinach as the year before,” says Ira Wallace. She keeps her eye on seed supplies for cooperatively owned Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral, Va. “People want things they can make real meals from every day, even if their garden is small,” she says.

Plenty of cool-season greens are key to getting a garden started early in spring, and making the bounty last well into fall.

keely_1
1/8/2009 1:36:39 PM

I was so excited about gardening and trying out more and different seeds, I had most of my seeds, as well as a variety of berries ordered by november! Going almost all heirloom this year, and using left over hybrids for a community garden.







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