|Johnny Seeds Snap Bean|
Days to maturity is also important to note. One of the nice things about some plants such as beans is if you stagger the plantings by about a week apart you can extend harvest for quite a long time.
Remember that first frost date estimated on the USDA site? That's something to keep in the back of your mind when looking at the maturity date. Do you have enough time to nuture your plants to harvest? If not, remember that it's not cheating to start with potted or plants started in a flat (that's what those trays of seedlings are called at the garden center).
Now let's say you were inspired to garden last year or two years or ten years ago, yet didn't quite get to the point of planting all those seeds. Just because a seed is old doesn't mean it's no good. Seeds are like ideas. If it's a good seed, given the right environment it may surprise you. So let's get started.