There are a lot of reasons to sow your own seeds! Everyone has their own reasons, perhaps to save money, or just for fun, or for the variety available. While it may seem intimidating at first, in this episode Joe will share some of the joys and specific how-tos of growing your own plants from seed.
For starters, 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.
Selection, selection, selection! 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.
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 watch your little lovelies grow, get the kids interested and involved, share seeds and seed starts with friends, and try all sorts of different varieties for fun in the kitchen. Create truly unique bouquets you’d never find in a store, and then continue sharing the harvest and save seeds again for coming years!
In this episode, Chef Nathan Lyon also creates a fresh-from-the-garden apple and cabbage coleslaw that’s both sweet and refreshing – perfect for a bright autumn day.
For additional information:
- 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
- Chef Nathan’s Apple Carrot Cabbage Cole Slaw (recipe and video)
- 10 Tips for Buying Seeds Online and in Catalogs by Joe Lamp’l
- Gardenhelp: Seed Starting Tips