Remember how rainy it was in many places last spring and summer? Do you remember the late blight that hit early? It ended up being the worst growing season in 50 years. The conditions that affected last year’s home gardeners' crops will likely affect their ability to get the seeds they are looking for this year.

MSNBC reports that some of the sought-after home gardening seeds, particularly cucumbers, are expected to be in short supply this year. If you want to grow certain popular varieties like the Straight Eight cucumber, you should buy your seeds early.

Other vegetables that may be difficult to get are certain varieties of carrots, snap peas and onions. The United States isn’t the only country that had a difficult growing seaon last year. Europe did also, and many of our country’s seeds have been heading overseas to fill orders that have been placed there.

If you have your heart set on growing a specific variety of a vegetable, it’s advisable to get your seeds now, even if you don’t plan on starting the seeds for a couple of months. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.