It took me a long time to decide what to order from the Kings seed catalogue. Like at least a month.
I had to be very disciplined and say no to stuff that I know will struggle in my garden or be economically pointless. In view of the limited space available for germination, seeds where possible needed to be of the kind that could go straight in the ground. Also, as far as possible I would like plants that are perennial and/or beneficial for bees etc.
Tomatoes, well, not perennial or renowned for the support they afford beneficial insects. However, much, much cheaper than those from the organic farm and so much more delicious.
Melons, equally not perennial and might fall down on the support issue, especially as they will need to be grown under glass, aka behind the dining room windows. I couldn’t resist something I know my daughter will love, if they grow and produce!
Seakale is perennial but has the disadvantage of being a root crop. Still, I am keen to see if it grows, as it would be nice to have an asparagus type of crop.
As for the rest, they are either tried and tested, such as runner beans, or it would be great to have my own supply. Caraway seeds, for example, I have newly got into when making rye bread. I have no idea how long, if ever, it will be before I am self-sufficient in them, but it might reduce the number of last minute trips to a distant shop, since this herb is less well-known in these parts.
What are you trying for the first time this year? And what are your criteria for seed selection?