If you’ve ever gardened, or even thought about gardening, the most exciting place to start is when those seed catalogs arrive in the mail. It’s the cold winter, there’s not much, if anything, to be done in the garden, and spring seems really far away.
But when those seed catalogs arrive in your mailbox – or in these modern days, digital catalogs in your email – your eyes light up and spring suddenly doesn’t feel so far away, right? You might spend hours pouring over the seed catalogs, circling each variety that sounds appealing, just like you did with toy catalogs as a kid at Christmas.
After coming down from the catalog high, it’s time to get down to business and REALLY figure out what you’re ACTUALLY going to plant this year. If you’re like us, a military family who constantly moves and doesn’t have a bunch of acreage, then you don’t have unlimited space (or time!). You have to be strategic and plant things you’ll actually eat or use in some way. (Luffa sponges, anyone?)
I, Malori, just released a new video on our YouTube channel, vlogging my journey of buying our seeds for 2022. I chose 3 places at which to buy the seeds: True Leaf Market, Burpee, and….the Dollar Tree! Yes! If you have a really tight budget you still can garden, as seed packets at Dollar Tree are only 4 for $1.
Go check out the video above! But if you’re more the reading type and you’re curious as to what we bought this year, keep on reading.
Dollar Tree Seeds
Here are the seeds that I bought at the Dollar Tree:
- Red Cored Chantenay carrot (heirloom)
- Sugar Snap pea (heirloom)
- Habanero pepper
- Cayenne Long Slim Red pepper
- Early Summer Crookneck yellow squash (heirloom)
- Genovese basil
- True lavender
- Bright Lights Mixed Colors cosmos
- Crackerjack Mixed Colors marigold
- Clarke’s Heavenly Blue morning glory
- Semi Dwarf Pumila Mixed Colors zinnia
- Giants of California Mixed Colors zinnia
True Leaf Market Seeds
This was the first time buying a large seed order from True Leaf Market. All these seeds are heirloom varieties, except for the calendula.
- Thai basil
- Kentucky Blue pole bean
- Chiogga beet
- Pacific Beauty Mixture calendula
- Danvers 126 carrot
- Iceberg Crisphead lettuce
- Marconi Red pepper
- Poblano Ancho pepper
- Sugar Pie pumpkin
- Cinderella pumpkin
- Watermelon radish
- Giant Noble spinach
- Luffa Sponge
- Gardeners Delight tomato
- Mortgage Lifter tomato
- Costata Romanesco zucchini
The final place we purchased seeds from this year was Burpee. Some are heirlooms and some are hybrids.
- Scarlet Runner pole bean (heirloom)
- Tall Utah 52-70 R Improved celery
- Armenian cucumber (heirloom)
- Honey Plus Hybrid cucumber
- Greek oregano
- California Wonder sweet pepper (heirloom)
- Small Sugar pumpkin (heirloom)
- Fourth of July Hybrid tomato
- Rutgers tomato (heirloom)
- Blacktail Mountain watermelon (heirloom)
- Sure Thing Hybrid zucchini
In addition to all these new seeds, we have leftover seeds from 2021 gardening and a few packets I purchased at random times but are still unopened. Not every single seed that we have in inventory will be used this year, as I learned things last year – both in what did well here in Kansas and what was consumed. One of our goals this year is to harvest enough bounty for both fresh eating and for preserving – particularly canning!
That’s it for our 2022 garden seed haul! What are YOU most looking forward to planting in the spring? Did this post give you some ideas on what to buy? Make sure to head over to your favorite garden store or online seed company ASAP because the most popular seeds are selling out!
Happy seed buying!