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426-316 (SPES-392P)

Authors as Published

Diane Relf, Extension Specialist, Horticulture; Alan McDaniel, Extension Specialist, Horticulture; and reviewed by David Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, Virginia Tech.


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Choosing and purchasing vegetable seeds is one of the most enjoyable gardening pastimes. Thumbing through colorful catalogs and dreaming of the season’s harvest is one way to make winter seem a little warmer. Seed purchased from a dependable seed company will provide a good start toward realizing that vision of bounty. Keep notes about the seeds you purchase - their germination qualities, vigor of plants, tendencies toward insects and disease, etc. From this information, you can determine whether one seed company is not meeting your needs, or whether the varieties you have chosen are unsuitable for your area or gardening style. For example, if powdery mildew is a big problem on squash family plants in your area, the next year, you may want to look for mildew-resistant varieties.


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Publication Date

April 8, 2022