Seeds or Seedlings? How to Get Your Garden Started

Seeds or Seedlings? How to Get Your Garden Started

Growing delicious herbs and vegetables start with knowing your goals and when you want to plant, says Rebecca Cuttler, a Houzz Contributor.  Cuttler continues, every spring, garden centers fill up with rack upon rack of baby plants. It can be tempting to buy these nursery-grown seedlings, especially if you’re new to gardening — but are they really the right choice for you? Nursery-grown plants have some disadvantages as well. In general, a single flat of lettuce plants costs about the same amount as an entire package of hundreds of lettuce seeds — often enough to supply your whole garden for several years if properly stored. Store-bought plants are sometimes less healthy than homegrown seedlings, as they may have been shipped from a far-off nursery and cared for under less-than-ideal conditions. Buying plants versus planting seeds. Buying plants from a store certainly seems convenient. They’re already growing and visible, and seem easier to plant than a pack of seeds. Store-bought plants are handy if you got a late start to the season and missed the opportunity to sow seeds at the right time. They can also take some of the guesswork out of starting a garden. In some cases, such as with perennial plants that take years to mature, they can be worth the extra cost. Cuttler shares with us 8 surefire vegetables and herbs for beginning urban gardeners,  plants you should consider buying; tips for planting your nursery-bought plants; plants best started from seed and ways to grow from seed.

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