While it may seem intimidating at first, starting seeds from scratch can be a very rewarding experience. Once you know the basics, it really isn’t hard at all and you have a lot more choices about what to grow. Rare, unusual and heirloom plants are easily sown from seed! In this episode Joe will share some of the joys and specific how-tos of growing your own plants from seed.
Seed packets cost far less than purchasing individual plants. Extra seed can be saved from year to year. Even with the additional expense of lighting, growing containers, and heating, these are largely one-time expenses and may already be things you have around or can find inexpensively.
Another benefit? You now have a huge selection of possibilities! From mail-order seed catalogs to seed swaps to trading with friends to looking through your stock of seed saved from years past, the varieties available to you are countless. When purchasing plants, you have the selection of what your favorite garden center or online vendors have already chosen to grow and offer for that season.
When you start from seed, you control the timing of your growing season. Start seeds indoors early and plant them out when you like. Stagger your sowing and planting times for a rolling harvest. Extend your growing season, even experiment with growing veggies in the winter in a greenhouse if you like. It’s up to you!
Need more reasons? It’s just fun! It’s highly rewarding to do, you can get the kids interested and involved, share seeds and seed starts with friends, and try all sorts of different varieties. Create truly unique bouquets you’d never find in a store, and then continue sharing the harvest and save seeds again for coming years!
For more information:
- Article: 10 Tips for Buying Seeds Online and in Catalogs by Joe Lamp’l
- Seed Starting Supplies - including trays and heat mats
- Resources for Soil Blocks - From Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- “What you should know about Soil Blocks” - From Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- Article: Seed Starting Tips
- Chef Nathan’s recipe for Apple Cabbage Coleslaw