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.
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.
For more frugal tips, be sure to check out Frugal Friday at it’s new home over at Life As Mom and check out more gardening inspiration at the Garden Club. To see more Green Projects see The Little Green Project.