Bargain Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
Copyright © 2009,2011 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
Now Available at Some Walmarts
for 20-Cents per Packet of Seeds
(February 1, 2011)
All Rights Reserved.
Many heirloom vegetable seed packets for planting in the Spring of 2011 are now available at the garden center of some Walmarts.
The seed packets shown in the picture are only 20-cents each.
Walmart has the bargain seed packets (20-cents each) for sale on a cardboard display rack hanging down from one of their regular racks in their garden department. This is not a stand-alone seed display that is normally out in the center aisle. It is a hanging cardboard display box with the seed packets inside individual cardboard sections in the display box.
Walmart also has the regular $1.00 and $2.00 vegetable seed packages. They are on display racks near the bargain seed packets.
My total investment in 31 different seed packets at 20-cents each was $6.20 plus tax. Twenty-nine of the seeds packets were heirloom vegetable seeds that I recognized and two of the seed packets contained hybrid vegetable seeds that I wanted. (Note: They also had about 20 other varieties of vegetable seeds that I did not need at this time.)
A few of the 20-cent seed packets are hybrid vegetable seeds and not heirloom vegetable seeds. The individual seed packets do not clearly indicate whether or not the seeds are heirloom seeds. You will need to do a little internet research to check the varieties you are interested in. However, at 20-cents per seed packet this would not be a major investment mistake if you did buy a few hybrid varieties. The hybrid varieties will produce good vegetables the first year but you will not be able to save their seed for future years.
I also purchased three of the more expensive $1.00 vegetable seed packets because those vegetables were not available as one of the bargain seed varieties.
You may already have vegetable seeds stored in your refrigerator. But it is always a good idea to have the freshest seeds possible if you should need them in an emergency. Therefore I always add to my seed bank each year. I do not throw the old seed packets away. I keep them too.
Do not vacuum seal your vegetable seed packets. Instead store them inside a Ziplock Freezer plastic bag inside your refrigerator.
There is only enough seed in each of the 20-cent seed packets for a small garden. If you anticipate planting a big garden then you can usually find bulk heirloom vegetable seeds for sale at some garden supply stores, some feed stores, and some hardware stores, such as Ace Hardware. These stores will usually sell vegetable seeds by the ounce from a large open storage container of seeds.
Some individuals do not like the bargain seed packets for a variety of reasons, such as the packets do not contain a lot of seeds, or the word "heirloom" is not printed on the packet, or the germination rate is not really high such as 94%. When I only pay 20-cents for a packet of seeds I really don't mind if the germination rate is only 70% or 80%. Even if the germination rate was as low as 40% or 50% I would still be extremely happy because I would know that I still received a really good value for my investment of 20-cents. But that is just my opinion. By the way, I do not own stock in the seed company or in Walmart so I am not profiting in any way by making this statement.
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