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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