Seeds for Your Garden

Seeds for your Garden

Looking to liven up your backyard this spring but have no idea how to get started? Why not start this spring off right by creating your very own garden?!

There are numerous benefits to growing your own garden of veggies! For starters, enjoy the convenience of walking out your backdoor to select only the most tasty and fresh ingredients needed to create a savory masterpiece. Plus, in gardening with your own seeds, you’ll keep some green in your pocket while building up that green thumb! Experiment with various plants, vegetables and flowers to create a beautiful array of color in your backyard!

Does gardening sound like your kind of spring activity? Then you have come to the right place! You may be wondering, “How on earth do I get my own garden started?” Learn how to make your backyard bountiful (and more beautiful) by following these simple steps:

  1. Choose the right seeds for you.
    When it comes to beginners, you don’t want to go overboard with planting too many seeds or planting seeds that are too high maintenance for your lifestyle. Keep it simple by starting with seeds that have fewer requirements, but still fill your desires for the look of your garden. For beginner skill-level gardening, try seeds like tomatoes, marigolds, basil, or broccoli. Most plants should be started indoors because seeds love warmth and humidity when they are young.
  2. Keep your eye on the time.
    It is important to pay attention to what seeds will grow best in certain conditions because you will want your seedlings to sprout in good weather. Top crops to plant in the central and midwest region this season include tomatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and lettuce. Additionally, different seeds require different lengths of time for their growth, so do not worry if your seedlings’ growth is not the same for every plant. Each one grows at a different rate!
  3. Organize your space.
    The containers in which you plant your seeds can make or break the seeds’ growth. When it comes to choosing the proper containers, try to base the container type and size on the needs of your plants. Essentially, make sure the container is deep enough for the plant roots, and be sure to create holes in the floor of the container for drainage. For organizational purposes, it helps to label containers, ensuring that seedlings are not mistaken for one another. Lastly, be sure to create a viable space for your plants indoors that will foster their growth before (and if) you move them outdoors; try to find a space where seedlings have room to grow and access to fresh air and sunlight.
  4. Find the right soil.
    Ensure that you have the correct potting soil for seedlings by making your own mixture or by purchasing designated bags of seed-starter mixture like Jiffy® Organic Seed Start at your local Big R. Be sure that your soil mixtures are moistened before you begin to plant your seeds. After all, water is the essence of life!
  5. Where should they live?
    Now is the time to start putting your seeds into their new homes. Research to discover how deep the seeds need to be planted in the soil mixture of your pots or containers. While some seeds actually need to be lightly placed beneath the surface of the soil, others can simply be sprinkled on top. Double check to ensure which seeds need ample sunlight to germinate so that you do not bury them too deep.
  6. Prepare your plants for the outdoors.
    After nurturing your seeds indoors for a handful of weeks, it will be time to start the process of hardening off, or preparing your plants for the transition into their new environment. Toughening up your seedlings over the course of 7 to 10 days before you gradually transplant them from an indoor to an outdoor environment will help them adjust a little easier to their new conditions. Try placing your seeds in a safe, protected space outdoors for a few hours per day, then bring your plants back indoors for the remainder of the night over the duration of 10 days to introduce them to the new conditions.
  7. FWS: Food, Water, Sunlight.
    Be sure to feed and water your seedlings as often as needed, as this is the most important step in the growth process for your seeds! Trying use a plant food like this Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed™ to foster optimal growth. Sunlight plays a vital role in the growth of some seedlings compared to others. Remember to treat all your seedlings with tender love and care, but not necessarily treat all of them the same.
  8. Run your very own garden!
    After a week of hardening off your seeds, it is time to introduce them to the great outdoors for good. Transplant your seeds into your front yard, backyard, or the designated garden space you’ve created, spacing them evenly across the surface. The design aspect of your garden is entirely up to you! Get ready to care for your garden all season long with gardening essentials such as gloves, shovels, watering cans, and more at Big R Stores.

Have these steps down and ready to put them to action? Get started on your very own garden today by heading to your local Big R to stock up on all of your gardening necessities. Still have questions we have yet to answer? Bring your inquiries to us in-store or online at BigR.com

About Big R

Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964. The first store opened in Watseka, Illinois. To date 18 stores have been opened in central Illinois and northern Indiana. We have 11 stores in Illinois including Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Washington, Rochelle, Pekin, Homer Glen and McHenry. Our 7 Indiana stores include Warsaw, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, Elkhart, Marion and Rochester. We recently expanded to Northwest Ohio, adding stores in Lima and Findlay (Coming Soon). The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Joining the company in 1973, Jerry Gibbs now provides family leadership for the company. New generations of the Crabtree family continue to participate in the business. Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name "Big R" to convey the "Ranch" identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with a growing 75 + stores throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.