Why Start Your Own Seeds?

Here are five good reasons.

February 1, 2012

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and marigolds at the garden center. But why do that, when you can have …

Selection, selection, selection.
Nurseries tend to stock only tried-and-true varieties. If you start your own seeds, the selection is virtually limitless.

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Sure, it’s easy to pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and marigolds at the garden center. But why do that, when you can have …

Earlier harvests and blooms.
You can jump-start the season and enjoy fresh food and flowers sooner.

 

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and marigolds at the garden center. But why do that, when you can have …

More for less.
Even after you figure the cost of seed-starting supplies, growing your own transplants is still cheap. At the garden center, a flat of 36 petunias, for instance, will cost you about $12, but a packet of 100 seeds costs only $2 or so.

 

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and marigolds at the garden center. But why do that, when you can have …

Strong, healthy transplants.
Who knows how long those store-bought seedlings languished in the greenhouse? By growing your own plants, you control quality.

 

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and marigolds at the garden center. But why do that, when you can have …

Organic guaranteed.
No need to worry about chemicals. You can make sure your garden is organic from seed to fruit and flower.

More Seed Starting resources:

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14 Tips for Starting Your Own Seeds
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