Seed Finder Quizzes – FAQ
Q – Why do you need my Zip Code?
A – Your zip code will help us know some important information to pick the best vegetable varieties for your geography. We will know your USDA zone, approximate altitude, average first and last frost dates, and more. This will help us not recommend options that aren’t suitable for your geography.
Q – What is a USDA Zone, and why is it important?
A – The short answer is USDA Hardiness Zones is a survey conducted by the USDA that maps areas of similar geography and growing conditions. For example, South-Central Oregon and most of Ohio have similar growing conditions. Stuff that grows well in Ohio will also do well in South-Central Oregon. Primarily the USDA zone speaks to the overwinter survivability of perennials, and matter much less for annuals. Most garden vegetables are annuals, but the USDA zone still can inform the best choice of varieties for annuals. Knowing your USDA Zone helps us recommend the best varieties for your garden. The long answer can be found here.
Q – Why isn’t there a quiz for every type of vegetable?
A – Part of the answer is we still have work to do to expand the quizzes to other vegetables, but we started with the vegetables that would benefit most from a quiz. The other part of the answer is that many vegetables only have a handful of varieties, and quiz simply wouldn’t make sense. For example, we offer 1 cucamelon variety, 2 brussels sprouts varieties, 2 rutabaga varieties, etc. A quiz for those vegetables wouldn’t make sense, so we have focused on the vegetables with dozens to hundreds of options (we have over 300 tomato varieties to choose from, for example). We will be working on a comprehensive quiz that will also help with the other vegetable categories. In the meantime, you can use the filter function (left column on desktop & tablets, bottom of screen filter button on mobile) to narrow your options on all seed types.