Our “From Seed” Gardening Plan Featuring Bentley Seeds
Spring is finally here! For those of us who love gardening, that means it’s time to start planning your summer garden, and also begin direct seeding your cool weather crops like lettuce, Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, etc… Growing plants from seed is one of the most gratifying activitees you can do yourself. In addition, growing from seed is by far the most inexpensive way to grow your favorite plants. This year I am growing most of my garden from seeds supplied by Bentley Seeds. They carry an impressive selection of seeds for every type of gardener. Whether you’re planning to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, or wildflowers, you can find a huge selection of seeds to choose from on their website. It’s also worth noting that Bentley seeds is a non-GMO seed company. Therefore, you dont have to worry about unknowingly growing some kind of “franken-tomato”, that’s been genetically modified by scientists
A little about Bentley Seeds:
Bentley Seeds is a small company located in upstate NY who just recently started selling seed packets directly. For years they’ve packaged them for other companies, printed them for other companies, and worked with a few small distributors. But 2013 will be the first complete year they are selling direct. A major perk of using Bentley’s seeds is that they offer more seeds per packaet verses competitor’s, and they have a lower price of just $.99 per packet! Their seeds are also guaranteed to grow or they will replace them at no cost to the consumer!
This year my garden will consist of quite the variety of vegetables that I’m growing from Bentley Seeds. If all goes well, we’ll have head lettuce, Romain Lettuce, Broccoli, Pole Beans, Bush Beans, Sweet Corn, Sugar Baby Watermelon, Marketmore 76 Cucumbers, Boston Pickling Cucumbers, Spanish Onions, and White Onions. I’ve already started my Spanish Onions inside in late February, since these take 125 days to maturity. When sowing seeds, you should always place 2-3 seeds per hole, just in-case 1 seed doesn’t germinate. Impressively enough, about 90% of the onion seeds I planted, sprouted. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a very good germination rate. The Broccoli and lettuce was sowed earlier this week (a little late for broccoli, I know!), so I’m still waiting to see germination results on those. I’m eagerly looking forward to a bountiful vegetable garden this year, and I’ll definitely post several updates along the way.
In addition to my edible garden, I’m also focusing on beautifying our yard with a variety of flowers and wild flowers straight from, you guessed it, seed! Bentley Seeds selection of flowers makes planning a beautiful garden so much easier. They have wildflower packets based on region, sunlight requirements, or certain wildlife attractant mixes. Based on the mixes they offer, I was able to get a wildflower mix that will grow well in shade. Now, I can fill in that empty area under my Maple tree with Wildflowers that will attract more bees to my vegetable garden! I also got some Marigold seeds, which are great companion plants for the vegetables; and Sunflower seeds, because Sunflowers are just awesome!
Assorted vegetable plants at 5 weeks growth
Overall, I really like the variety of seeds Bentley Seeds offers. They are GMO free and come with a “guaranteed to grow” promise. Meaning that, if your seeds aren’t germinating for some reason, Bentley Seeds will replace them for free. You can also order seed packets to use as party favors or any other occasion. They can be customized for whatever occasion you want.
Regardless of what you decide to grow this year, we wish you the best of luck and great success with your garden.
Before you leave, tell us what are you planning to grow this year?
We received free seeds in exchange for an honest overview of the product. All views, and opinions expressed are that of our own.