Gardening With Seeds

by GettingFreedom on March 13, 2009

Last year was our first vegetable garden ever. Why we waited so long, I will never know.

I decided to buy a few packs of seeds, because they are obviously cheaper.
Not if you kill them! Which was exactly what happened to me! I had started green peppers, and tomatoes, and because I had no earthly idea what I was doing–I killed them all.  I had to start all over, but I went with plants.
So, why you ask have I decided to buy all seeds this year?!
A couple of reasons.

I have a strong desire this year to produce as much food as I can for our family. I went more into depth about that here.
If I were to buy all plants this year–there is no way that we could plant as big of a garden as we plan to this year. For example: I currently have 38 tomato plants that germinated (waaayyy too many for just me–I’m sharing with my mom and my mother in law). Those 38 seeds cost me less than $2. If I were to buy those as plants from any store, I would be paying $2 for 4 plants, at the cheapest!
What makes me confident enough to try this route again? Well, I know that last year my heart was just not in it. I didn’t monitor my seedlings close enough, or even know the first things about them. This year I have read, read, and read some more on starting seeds. I’m still no expert on the matter, but I know that if someone else can do it–well I can too!

I encourage you to try to start atleast one pack of seeds. If you have any questions at all on the process, I am more than happy to help you. If I don’t personally know the answer, I will either find it for you–or find someone who does!

 
With a little time, and a little extra effort you can save yourself hundreds of dollars. Not only by gardening, but by gardening with seeds!
 
 
And now, I leave you with a picture of my Longkeeper tomatoes that I started on February 19th. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

These are ones that I repotted this week, because they’ve had their second set of leaves for quite some time. Once I repotted them–they shot up! You can see a picture of these same tomato plants a week ago in this post.

And these are my Early Jersey Cabbage plants that we planted on March 2nd. They germinated quickly, and have just continued to grow.


So Amazing!

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Nessa March 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for posting this! I’ve always been kinda scared about using seeds, even though they are cheaper. Your post has inspired me to give it a try!

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Ethelapple March 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Whenever I start seeds, they always seem to get too big and too spindly too fast, and cannot keep themselves standing up — this is probably because I don’t use a light close to them, right?

Some seeds I buy, and some things like tomatoes, I just buy as plants already.

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The Blossoming Skillet March 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Your seedlings look so great! I love the anticipation of waiting for seeds to germinate!

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Hannah March 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Funny, I killed all my seedlings my first year too! Starting from seeds is a little bit tricky…it does take a fair amount of diligence and care.

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N. March 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Can you give your top 3 things NOT to do so that you don’t kill your seeds? This is my first year. I have planted tomatoes and green beans (which have sprouted). My green peppers have not yet, and they’ve been planted almost 2 weeks. My basil, oregano, marigolds and petunias have sprouted. My rosemary has not.

Thanks!

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Lindsay March 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

We’ve decided to plant a garden this year. I’ve tried in the past, but my heart wasn’t in it and I didn’t really NEED to. This year, I don’t have a choice. We’re now living on one income and the “free” food will be great.
I bought supplies last night to grow my first seedlings. Is it too late to start? I live in West Central IL.
I plan to visit your blog when I have a little more time to comb through all the info you’ve posted about seedlings.

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Phoebe March 13, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Ethelapple-
I was told by a nursery owner that after your seeds have germinated, and their second set of leaves form, it is time to re-pot them into a bigger container. When I repotted mine, their root system were all the way to the bottom! Being in the bigger container they will have more room to establish their root systems, so they shouldn’t fall over.

N.-
I’m working on a Gardening 101 type post–hope to get it cranked out by next week.

Green peppers are tricky, and take a lot longer to germinate than some others. And from what I understand, it can take all of 3 weeks to get rosemary to germinate! (Did you know that rosemary is wonderful to plant aroud cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower to repel worms/bugs?)

I’m jealous, because I have yet to find rosemary seeds!

Lindsay-
Nope–I don’t think you are too late. You can go here which will give you a detailed look (by your exact location) at when your last frost date is. Most seeds on the package will tell you how far in advance of that date to start them. But, if you are willing to repot them, you can start a little further out from that date.

Let me know if I can help!

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Your Frugal Friend, Niki March 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Looking forward to hearing more about your gardening experiences.

:)

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onemotherslove March 14, 2009 at 3:04 am

Yeah, gardening! Yeah, seeds! : ) I'm enjoying watching your sprouts, too! I hope I can save some of my tomato seeds this year to try my own next year.

heirloomseeds.com has Rosemary seeds! That's where I got all my seeds & I've been very pleased with them.

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Michelle March 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Phoebe- are those pots you replanted into the kind you can put straight into the ground?

Also…curious…how big is your garden?

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Amy March 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Found you from the Garden Club… your seedlings look great! This is my first year to try and start from seeds, and I’m so nervous I’m going to kill them! Looking forward to seeing how your progress this spring!

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Beth March 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Thank you for posting the encouragement! I’ve killed my seedlings in the past, too, but need to plant a much bigger garden this year than in the past.

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Julie Bagamary March 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

I have purchased my seeds and plan to plant them in the toilet paper halves tubes with newspaper in the bottom. (I saw that idea on someones blog.)

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