Monday, November 21, 2022

Is it better to start plants from seed or buy them already grown?

Vegetable gardens can flourish with a unique diversity of varieties chosen with meticulous care and grown from seeds. While providing frugality over expensive seedling starter plants bought from big box stores.

You can provide heirloom seedlings for your area when you save seeds from your current garden. Those plants were raised in your area and each growing season results in seedlings adapted to your garden zone.

Over time I have discovered which plants grow most successfully for me. In an effort to lower gardening costs, seed propagation almost always wins.

Drawbacks of growing your own starter plants over buying seedlings.

Seed starts require planning for the proper planting time in your growing zone. Along with proper growing days to allow the plant to produce.

You also need seed-starting soil, planting containers, and other seed-starting items.

With more than 40 years of gardening under my feet. I start 90% or more of my plants from seeds. Have you ever encountered a plant-eating pest? Seedlings or store-bought ones could be eaten by pests and wipe out your plants. Groundhogs are very well known for chopping down an entire garden in one morning. It's just a matter of replanting them at a lower cost than buying the plants if you have extra seedlings. S.A.L.T.

Buying plants has its advantages and disadvantages. Store-bought plants can be purchased on short notice to fill empty garden spaces.

Store-bought plants may not always be fresh. A high price makes them more of a burden on your budget. Another factor to consider…most plants purchased in a store have non-organic fertilizers. Most store-bought plants are hybrids. So consider what is right for you.

How do you care for a garden?

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Can plants grow in all climates?


Providing that the plant is grown in an ecosystem with good soil, air, warmth, sunlight, and food. Climate changes could be endured for a given period of time.

A given climate for your plants must involve the plant's basic needs, such as quality of soil, sunlight, temperature, growing season, and of course rain or irrigation needs.

You can grow plants in climates that a given plant is used to. Such as tropical plants in a tropical climate. However, it has been my experience to force plants to grow in climates that a plant is not used to. Yet it is by re-creating the plants' normal climate environment. ie: a greenhouse or grow sheets or row covers.

Years ago I grew a pineapple plant in Western North Carolina without a greenhouse. This was a real challenge during the winter. Growing the plants in large plastic pots allowed me to move them inside during winter. Then come spring through mid-fall I moved the plants outside.

It proved to be a very laborsome job as the plants got more extensive. Over time I lost most of my plants and got down to two or three plants, with only one that produced a pineapple. It took me a full four years to get one pineapple. The photo is the one pineapple I grew in the temperate zone of Western North Carolina.

But the project was very educational and that was worth the effort in itself. Will I grow pineapples again? Not likely.

Your answer is Yes and No based on what type of plant and your reason for growing it. And if you can set aside the time.

This question comes from Quora: Can plants grow in all climates?

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