Starting plants from seed is a great way for gardeners to take their hobby to the next level. There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing a plant blooming in the garden or harvesting a vegetable that you started from a tiny seed.
Seed starting can also save you a lot of money, providing you don’t spend too much on expensive light set-ups and other equipment. A pack of seeds ranges from 50 cents to a few dollars. From each of these seed packets you can get a large number of plants. It also doesn’t hurt as much when one of them doesn’t survive the winter or languishes in the conditions in your garden. I feel terrible if I lose a $15 plant, but one I started from a pack of seeds I paid $1 doesn’t hit me quite as hard.
Another great reason to start seeds is the variety of plants you can get that you can’t find at your local nursery. There are so many seed companies out there that offer so many wonderful things, especially when it comes to vegetables.
When you start your own plants from seed you also know exactly how that little seedling has been treated. If you’re an organic grower and strive to have a chemical free garden, then you pretty much have to start from seed. My local greenhouse offers a great variety of interesting plants, including heirloom vegetables, but I know they’re not organic and those little plants are covered with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Often the ones you start at home are much stronger because they have been treating with love and care.
There are so many reasons to start your plants from seed. I love growing interesting plants, especially vegetables, this is why I start most of my plants from seed. I also strive to achieve a completely organic garden so I don’t like buying plants from the nursery, especially when it comes to food plants. Saving money a nice bonus that can’t be overlooked. It would cost me a fortune to buy all the plants I like to grow, especially annuals.
Why do you start your own seeds or why do you want to start growing from seed?
The rest of the Seed Starting 101 Series
Why Start from Seed
The Needs of Seeds
Diseases and Problems
Learn More Each Season
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