Whether you are growing your own decoding a seed packet or buying them from a seed store, knowing how to decipher the information on a seed packet is important for successful garden results. The information found on the back of a seed packet is often like a secret language. Terms such as “non-GMO,” “heirloom,” and “open-pollinated” can be confusing to a beginner gardener.
Typically a picture of the crop in full bloom or a harvest is on the front of the seed packet. This helps you visualize the finished product and determine what size of plant you are growing. Some seed packets include a description of the crop as well. This is helpful for those who are new to growing a certain vegetable or flower and gives them an idea of the flavor, color, history, or meal possibilities that can be created from it.
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The bottom of a seed packet will usually list the first and last frost dates for your area. Knowing your average frost date is key to success as a gardener as it lets you know when the right time is to plant that particular crop. It also lets you know if the variety is more cold tolerant, faster growing, or better resistant to pests than other varieties of that same crop.
Most seed packets will include the planting information as well such as how deeply to plant, sun requirements (full sun, partial shade), and time until germination. This can be fun for youth to go through in a group and read the planting instructions then compare it to their own seed packet.