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Here in Vermont my gardening season is over. I still have some a lot of clean up to do and a few blueberries still left to pick but everything else is pretty much finished. Now is a good time to go through your seeds and figure out which ones you may want to re-order. What vegetables worked well this year? Did you enjoy what you planted?

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Plant what you enjoy to eat!

Record keeping is not one of my strong points so while things are still fresh in my mind I like to go through my seeds and evaluate what I planted this year.

In looking at my numerous seed packets how do I know what to save and what should be re-ordered?

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Make sure your seeds are viable.

Generally corn, leeks, onions, parsnips and spinach are short-lived seeds lasting only 1-2 years. Check the date on your seed packets from last year and make sure they are still viable.leeks

Squash, pumpkins, peas, eggplant, parsley, beans, carrots and celery should last up to five years.

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Pie Pumpkins

The seeds that last the longest are broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, peppers and turnips.

Ripe tomatoes.

Ripe tomatoes.

When ordering seeds it is also important to choose seed companies that focus on your growing conditions and climate zone. Find a local company that sells seeds that will thrive in your area. If you can find a local seed saving organization even better, I found a small local company just a town away and I know her seeds will grow in my garden. If she doesn’t have what I want I choose Fedco Seeds or Johnny’s Selected Seeds both located in Maine. These companies offer a wide variety that will do well in my climate zone. By choosing the right seeds you will have a better chance at a wonderful garden harvest.

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Choose the right seed company to order from for your climate zone.

Before you get busy with the holidays take a few hours and go through your seeds. If you have parsnip seeds that are five years old throw them out. Take stock of what you have on hand and you’ll be ready to order when the time comes.

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