WHY I START MY OWN SEEDLINGS
Few gardening pursuits are as rewarding as growing your own plants from seed. Starting crops from seed is a satisfying and economical way to grow your own plants, flowers, and veggies. I thought today I’d share my top reasons for starting my own seedlings.
You can get a much earlier start in the garden, and therefore put fresh food on the table sooner. The sooner you can begin picking from your garden, the greater your yield for the year.
If you’ve ever gone to a local nursery to buy plants you know there are usually only a few varieties available for each plant. In contrast, when you look in a seed catalog you find hundreds! We like to harvest our seeds from our plants or purchase them from a local farm. Have a variety of plants in will allow you to experiment with different flavors, shapes, and colors, and to harvest your favorite edibles over a longer period by planting varieties that mature at different times.
Seedlings you’ve grown yourself can be the best seedlings. By following a few simple steps your plants will have well-developed roots, grown in good soil. You can also ensure that everything is organic if that’s important to you. It is for me.
When you raise your own seedlings, you minimize the chance of introducing soil-borne diseases and pests into your garden. Of course, in order for this to be true, you must make sure you are using uncontaminated soil.
By far, seeds are way cheaper than plants. You can buy a pack of seeds for less than $2 and have over 100 seeds in the pack, as opposed to paying about $ 2.00 per plant from the nursery. Since I am saving so much money I am able to plant extras in case some don’t make it or to giveaway to family and friends.
If you are interested in saving seeds for the next years’ harvest, you need to plant heirloom varieties. Most nurseries will not carry many, if any heirlooms at all, so your best option is to buy heirloom seeds. Not only will your product be tastier, but you’ll also only have to invest in seeds one time if you learn to save them properly.
Once you learn how to raise your own plants from seed, as well as saving seed from year to year, you’ll no longer depend upon somebody else to start your garden for you. There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to raising your plants from seed, so learning now, before you depend on your garden for survival, is a really good idea.
If for no other reason than the feeling of planting a plant that you watched emerge from the soil! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know I’ve been pretty obsessed watching my seedlings grow for our fall garden.
Are you ready to get started with growing your own seedlings? Be sure to read The 5 Must_Have Supplies For Starting Seeds Successfully.