Garden Seeds

So, you’ve decided to grow your own garden. That’s an awesome idea. Not only are organic fruits and vegetables extremely healthy, spending time taking care of them is relaxing and satisfying. You definitely feel a lot of pride when you can point out to visitors the gorgeous flowers and tasty herbs that adorn your garden. The next step is deciding what you want to plant and how to go about it. Creating your own garden isn’t difficult and doesn’t require any kind of special superhero-like connection with plants. At Williams-Sonoma, we can help you start an edible garden with garden seeds and helpful tips to keep your seedlings happy and healthy.


One question budding gardeners often have is whether it’s better to plant seeds or transplant seedlings and starters directly. That’s mostly up to your personal preferences. The type of plant you want and where you live also factor into the equation. Placing a mature plant in your garden takes care of the first part of the growing process for you, so it can be quick and easy if you don’t have much time. Many gardeners like the personal connection involved with watching seeds germinate and become strong and healthy plants. That’s especially the case when gardening is a hobby about which you’re passionate. How can you decide? Well, if you live in a colder climate, checking out the amount of time it takes for seeds to germinate — and for the plant to grow — gives you an idea of whether or not seeding is an option during the growing season.


Another advantage of using seeds to plant your garden is the incredible diversity they offer. It’s not hard to discover tons of exotic varieties that set your means apart. Serving things like blood oranges, daikon radishes, broccoli Romanesco, red carrots and different kinds of colorful zucchini, just to name a few possibilities, in a salad can leave your guests speechless and add tremendous excitement to cooking. Kumquats, star fruit, Chinese pears and tomatillo are some enticing foreign fruit options. The sky is the limit when using seeds, whereas seedlings are usually limited to a few hearty varieties. It is important to double-check whether the local climate and soil type favor what you want to plant.


A few quick-growing seed types include carrots, radishes, green onions and snow peas. Virtually every kind of salad green, such as kale, arugula, lettuce, watercress and spinach, along with cabbage are ready to go in a month or two. Many herbs also germinate and grow quickly, which helps in climates with short growing seasons, like basil, cilantro and dill. Of course, if you decide to keep your fresh herbs potted in the kitchen, growing time isn’t an issue since they flourish with warm temperatures and light all year round.


It’s a good idea to do some investigation regarding the specific varieties you want to plant. That information helps you to know where each plant thrives best — in shade or direct sunlight, for example — how much to water them and what kind of soil composition or temperature they need. Most plants are pretty flexible with different environments, but you can get a more abundant harvest by following the recommended suggestions. Little tips and tricks from other experienced gardeners, especially if they live in the same area as you, can save you time and give you awesome results too.


Starting seeds indoors isn’t always necessary but it can be fun and lets you keep a close eye on your seedlings. A raised bed planter or seed starter is a helpful table that brings your garden closer to arm level. That way you don’t need to bend over to water or tend to plants. Another advantage of this system is precise control of soil quality and generally looser soil, which helps seedlings to sprout easier. Giving your plants plenty of ventilation and light with an indoor fan and LED lights directly above your sprouts keeps them healthy as they grow.

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