Starting Seeds Indoors–Is it worth it?

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10 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Yes, another wish list item. But I understand what you are asking for and I think it’s a good idea!

  2. Rachel says:

    This is great. Could you incorporate this information into the spring planting schedule? For example, you could bold the items that you recommend be planted from seed when their week comes up in the plant seeds outside list, and italicize that same plant when it comes up in the start seeds inside or transplant plants list.

  3. Rebekah says:

    So helpful! I just found your blog today, but I will be adding it to my list of must-reads. This is my second year planting a garden and my first to attempt the square-foot plan. I didn’t have much success last year, but I really didn’t have a plan, so here’s hoping a plan and your guidance result in a better harvest in 2011!

  4. Gardenguy says:

    Great website! The reason I grow most of my own plants from seed came from Jim Crockett — the original host of The Victory Garden on PBS. He always pointed out that when you grow your own from seed you can select the varieties you want instead of the varieties that perform best for mass selling. I live in south central Florida and I do buy a few transplants at Walmart or Home Depot but many of their vegetable varieties are not well-suited to the climate here. I asked the sales clerk how they order and she said that corporate headquarters places the orders.

    We get ours much earlier here but the varieties are the same as the ones my parents buy in West Virgina. I order seeds for varieties that do well here and I like heirloom vegetables too and they are rarely available as transplants (although Walmart does have a few heirloom tomato varieties this year).

  5. Will says:

    Awesome website! i had a random thought about basking in solitude under the sun’s glow tending to my garden. i can just picture how great it would be and feel about growing something! very good material and i just wanted to tell you that 🙂 though it will take some time, but i plan to garden when i leave the military and go back home.

    thanks again!

  6. Emily says:

    Potatoes are prone to disease, and most that you buy in the store have been treated to prevent sprouting. Certified seed potatoes will be disease free and ready to grow!

  7. Stacie says:

    We thought about starting from seeds indoor this year, but decided since this was only our 2nd year doing our garden, we’re just going to by transplants (mainly because of the cost for start-up supplies and I don’t want to risk killing everything!)

    I love your guide at the bottom. This will really help me decide which ones I can start in the garden and which ones I need to buy transplants for!

  8. Summer Wilda says:

    Why does one need certified seed potatoes rather than simply planting ones own potatoes that have ‘gone to seed’ or grown ‘eyes’?

  9. Thank you for this handy guide. I’m itching to get started in the garden too. Thank you for the info on using grow lights – I’m going to try it this year. I usually use my south window sills. I went to the garden store yesterday and purchased a few window sill size trays so I can start my cabbage and kohlrabi asap (in 2 weeks). I know you shop regularly from Walmart, etc for your seeds and I always get my genovese basil from there – no one else seems to have it. But I’m lucky enough to have a locally owned garden store nearby. Their big thing is selling seeds in bulk. This has saved me so much money. Like yesterday I said I wanted to plant 15 feet of Oregon Sugar Peas and I got a 1/4 lb for $1.50. (I can’t use raised beds because of our fierce wind) I could go on and one but their prices are usually half to a quarter that of the prepackaged stuff you can buy at the big stores. I always ask plenty of questions whenever I go to their store too. I found out the Early Gray Peas are smaller pods than Oregon Sugar Peas which taste better anyway. I found a cabbage that doesn’t bolt as quickly and tastes better. I found out that purple kohlrabi stays more tender than the white. Shop locally if you can – there are so many benefits.

  10. daisy says:

    This is a very thorough listing. Thanks for providing so much great information!