Have you ever joined one of those “get something every month” types of clubs? In the past, I’ve avoided them because you never know what you’re going to get each month. And, if it’s something you don’t like, will it go to waste?
In March, I came across a club that sparked my interest and I decided to give it a try. While cruising around Facebook, I came across Mike the Gardener and his Seeds of the Month Club.
For a subscription fee of $24.95 per year, the Seeds of the Month Club will send eight packets of seeds the first month and four packets of seeds for the next 11 months. It seemed like a reasonable price.
One concern I had was whether the club sends out seeds that are specific to a region. So, I sent an email to the club. Michael C. Podlesny, the owner of Mike the Gardener Enterprises, replied, “We do not region specific seeds, but we do have a process plan in place that meets the needs [of] the zones as set forth by the USDA.” The sign-up form does ask for your USDA growing zone.
The seeds I received in March were suitable for planting in the Central Florida hardiness zone. I decided that if I received seeds that were not suitable for planting right away, I could always store the seeds for planting at a later date.
Another concern was their source for seeds. Are these seeds organic? The Average Person Gardening website does not specify if the seeds are organic or not, but it does state that they have signed the Safe Seeds Pledge. This means that the seeds provided by the Seeds of the Month Club are not genetically engineered.
Soon after receiving my first shipment of seeds, I got out some 4” pots, filled them with potting soil, and added the seeds. Within the week, 90% of the seeds that I planted sprouted. An impressive germination rate.
The seed packages contain the basic planting, spacing and harvesting information found on the majority of seed packages. There is information on planting depth, seed spacing, spacing between rows, days to germination and days to maturity. Also, there are tips on where and when to plant, how to care for the plants and when to harvest the produce.
Stay tuned. Next month I’ll let you know how March’s seedlings are progressing and give you a report on the seeds I received in April.
For more information: The Seeds of the Month Club is distributed by Mike the Gardener Enterprises, LLC, who also administers the largest Vegetable Gardening page on Facebook.