Starting plants from seed is one of the most rewarding types of gardening. To start
from a tiny seed and grow vegetables, flowering annuals and perennials, herbs, and
even cactus is truly amazing and fun! Each seed has everything it needs to grow
– you just supply the moisture, light, and soil to begin the process of seed germination.
At Plantscape Nursery we offer everything a person needs to be successful in gardening
from seeds, and we’ll tell you how to get started.
Start with the best quality seeds for good germination and healthy plants. We carry
brands we know will have a high seed count in the package and a high germination
percentage. We choose our own varieties to offer to our customers so you can be successful
growing plants from seed in our area. Over the years, we have grown so many varieties
of the seeds we offer that we know they are great quality. Seeds we offer include
Lake Valley Seed, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Hudson Valley Seeds, and all organic Botanical
Lake Valley Seedprovides the highest quality flower, vegetable, and herb seed available.
We have carried their seeds for many years and have always found their selection,
package seed count, and germination percentage to be the best. Their seeds do not
contain GMOs, are untreated, and they ensure quality seed with yearly germination
Renee’s Garden Seedsare varieties that are very special for home gardeners, based
on great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance. Renee Shepherd
personally chooses exciting and unusual seed choices of time-tested heirlooms, the
best international hybrids and fine open-pollinated varieties. Their seed packets
are individually written and offer beautiful watercolor portraits, personally written
descriptions, complete growing instructions, a quick-view planting chart, growing
tips, harvesting information and cooking ideas. Inside you'll find superior quality
seed - the top germinating, reliable seed lots usually reserved for specialty growers.
Botanical Interests® Garden Seed is a selection of all organic vegetables, herbs,
and flowers. Their seeds supply gardeners with the highest quality in the most beautiful
and informative seed packets on the market. Their desire for more information along
with their passion for spreading gardening wisdom led them to create a unique seed
packet that is not only beautiful but is also filled with facts, tips, recipes and
quality seed. All their seeds are untreated, non GMO, and tested for germination.
Indoors:Some plants really benefit by starting from seed indoors. Tomatoes, peppers,
broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and eggplant are some of the vegetables that are
best started indoors. Many perennials and some annual flowers also do best when
started indoors and set out in the garden as a transplant. Generally, tomatoes are
sown indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, peppers 8-10 weeks, onions 8-12 weeks,
broccoli 4- 6 weeks, and flower seed anywhere from 4-12 weeks before last frost.
The back of the seed packet will let you know how many weeks before the average
last spring frost date you need to sow the seeds. Our last spring frost date in
southern Illinois is about April 15-20, so count back from this date however many
weeks it says on the seed packet, and that’s when to start the seeds.
Outdoors: Cool season crops such as lettuce, spinach, peas, radish, swiss chard,
and leafy greens can be sown outdoors as early as 6-8 weeks before last frost for
a spring harvest. These are plants that grow best and are ready to harvest during
cool weather, either in early spring or late fall. Remember they can also be sown
during late summer for a fall crop that will mature during cool weather in October
or November. Warm season crops like beans, cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins
are sensitive to frost and need warm weather and soil to germinate. These are seeds
you will wait to sow outdoors until after our last frost date or even a little later
when the soil has warmed up. Many annual flower seeds like zinnias, cosmos, cleome,
and sunflowers are warm season crops. Perennial flower seeds can be sown from early
spring through late summer, as long as they have enough time to establish a good
root system before cold weather arrives.
Supplies and Know How
Hudson Valley Seeds
Beautiful seed packs from Hudson Valley Seeds make great gifts, or buy some for
yourself! The packages are unique colored drawings, each by a different artist and
inside are heirloom seeds with its own unique seed story, plus information about
the artist and planting tips for each variety. Hudson Valley has its own seed farm
where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. The packs are so
appealing, the planting information well researched, and the seeds collected fresh.
Select from several varieties and enjoy giving or getting such unique seeds while
helping to preserve genetic diversity. Plant the Seeds, Frame the Art!