Seeds are awesome. I love seeds. I feel rich when I look in my seed box and see how many different varieties of plants I can grow. Here are some of the reasons you might like to try growing from seed too:
1. You get what you want. There are so many more options when growing from seed. If you grow from seed you will NOT be at the mercy of garden centres or greenhouses where choices are limited. Often these places will grow what grows well, and provide a narrow range of choices. Flipping through seed catalogues, you can read descriptions, look at photos, and decide what sounds good to you, and give it a try in the garden.
2. Controlling the process allows you to be organic (or not). You will know what the plants were treated with from the very beginning, and you can stay away from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are often used in greenhouses.
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3. Seeds are cheaper than transplants. The bigger your garden, the more you save by starting from seed.
4. It’s so fun to watch the tiny plants poke through the soil. It fills me with the wonder of life. Every. Time. It’s amazing how something soooo tiny can grow to such enormous sizes and eventually take over the garden (in the case of oregano or mint, at least).
5. If you grow from seed, you can save seed from the plants in your garden. This adds up to even more savings over time.
6. Storing seeds is kind of like banking food. It’s an investment in the future. If for some reason your finances fail you, you still have the option of eating good food if you’ve got a storehouse of seeds from a variety of plants.
7. The act of growing from seed, when shared with children, ensures that the basic knowledge of keeping the human race alive gets passed on to the next generation. If you have children in your life, in whatever capacity, grow a few things from seed and share the experience with them. It’s important for kids to know where their food comes from (and adults too!).
If the timing of growing from seed seems overwhelming, you might want to try out The Planting Time Calculator. Basically, you just enter your spring and fall frost dates and the spreadsheet will automatically calculate planting times for 70+ veggies and herbs.
It will tell you when to start from seed, when to transplant into the garden if seeds are started indoors, when you can expect harvest, and if you can sow multiple crops in one season. If you want to grow using cold frames, there are also dates provided for that.
The Veggie Planting Time Calculator LITE is a FREE DEMO version with only 10 types of plants. You can download it for free to see how the spreadsheet works before purchasing the FULL Veggies and Herbs Planting Time Calculator.
Thank you for reading! Please contact me if you have any questions.