Seeds Vs. Starts. Hmmm. What would you like to do? Let’s look into this together and I think I would like to do both, Why not? Let’s go over the information and see what all it involves and make a decision.
When doing seeds we buy at the market we should always remember we may not get what we expected with results!
Start your own Seedlings. OR
Buy your Starts and plant them
Open pollinated heirloom varieties are an exception; they almost always live up to expectation, and generally have better disease resistance as well. Local farmers in your area are the best sources for heirlooms seeds of varieties that will do good in your area or a reputable suppliers.
If you have a short growing season , you need to start. your seeds indoors six to eight weeks early and then harden them up before planting outside in your garden.
Buying nursery starts can be expensive but are more reliable and can be planted right in the garden, Also you might be able to buy in bulk.
Where does your garden grow?
One of the best ways for a healthy garden is to first start with good soil and nutrients. Double dig and turn over compost and other amendments, remember no chemicals! And for those just starting out on their compost (like Me). ask around the local farmers for horse manure, chicken, and goat manure are all great to amend with your soil. By raising your garden bed a few inches with soil you can get better drainage and avoid root run. You can always dig trenches between the beds and pile up extra soil on the beds to raise them especially if you get a lot of rain like us!
Remember the size and shape of your Garden will matter also. Long beds more than four feet wide are unpractical and hard to maintain as far as chores like weeding and harvesting. Round beds five feet wide provide good access all around. Don’t forget raised beds! If you don’t have the time and patience or just old and not as flexible like me! These are great and on my to do list within a couple of weeks! I have a post I like this too just on raised garden beds. Garden Boxes
How about growing in containers? It’s a great idea for small spaces and you can start the crop early in a protected area and move the pots to more exposed locations, also to make it easier add a wheeled platform! You can use plastic, clay, ,metal or wooden containers for growing vegetables. The only problem with container gardening is the soil dries out faster and the roots only have so much space to grow in, So you may have to transplant or just start with a bigger pot. Remember to change your soil from last year, never use old soil from last season! All the nutrients are gone and may be bacteria, mold, and insects growing in the old soil.
So Seeds or Starts; I like the fun in trying to do it myself plus the satisfaction of it, But if its’ not successful then well It’s a lesson learnt. If you purchase you starts from a quality supplier then you have a good guarantee the plant will grow and survive and a chance to maybe buy in bulk. So compare, the seeds are cheaper to start and the out- come is the same as long as you’re starts live and produce. So you tell me what you want to do, as for me and my little homestead I will be doing both and either way for the majority all Heirlooms!