6 Reasons to Grow from Seed

Author: Adam Boddy   Date Posted: 25 November 2012 

I've never understood why but many people have never even tried growing anything from seed.  They seem to think it's some highly skilled task that only a professional or experienced gardener can do.  When in reality growing from seed is easy! Sure there are varieties that are hard to germinate but the majority of them are easy; especially when it comes to vegetables.  Still the majority of gardeners buy seedlings from their local nursery, supermarket or hardware store and most people think this gives them a head start or an advantage, well I disagree, here are 6 reasons why I think you should grow from seed:

 

Zucchini

 


1.) Growing from seed is cheaper

It's obvious but growing vegetables from seed is far cheaper than buying seedlings and far, far, far, cheaper than buying mature plants.  If you want to get the most out of your money the choice is easy.

 

Cheaper

 


2.) Greater choice of varieties

When you buy seedlings, in most cases you are buying varieties that have been developed to be sold as seedlings, the range is very limited and you end up growing the same varieties year after year.  If you are growing from seed there is a far greater choice of varieties and if you are anything like me you'll agree trying out new things is half the fun of gardening. So why stick to the same varieties every year, experiment, have fun, try something new!

 
3.) It's more rewarding

One of the biggest factors for me is that I get so much more satisfaction growing something from seed.  Watching the plant develop from a tiny shoot to a mature plant is very rewarding and honestly even today I still find it amazing.  Sitting down at the dinner table with a plate of vegetables I've grown from seed gives me a great sense of accomplishment in turn making the meal even more enjoyable.

 
4.) Healthier plants

If you buy seedlings often you'll find that the plant has overgrown the pot and often it will be "pot-bound".  Basically this means that the roots have reached the bottom of the pot curled up and continue growing around in the pot trying desperately to find an escape.  This can generally be amended by "teasing" or cutting the roots but do you think that's really ideal for a new plant?  It obviously must set it back a bit mustn't it?  ...Of course it does, plants that have been pot-bound may never reach their true potential. Then of course there is the general stress to the plant of transplanting which for many varieties can be avoided by direct sowing.  Basically what I'm saying is I find that when I grow from seed my plants end up far more healthy and vigorous than if I had grown from seedlings, in most cases the plants catch up and surpass their counterparts.

 

Chives

 


5.) You know what's in them

When you grow your own plants from seed you are in control from the very beginning so you have complete control over what goes in them.  Want your plants to be organic? Happy to use chemicals?  The choice is yours to make.  On the other hand if you buy your seedlings you will never know exactly what is in them so when it comes time to harvest you wont have the piece of mind you might have had had you grown from seed.

 

6.) It's easy

It really is true, growing vegetables from seed is really easy.  If your still not convinced why not try some of the "never fail" vegetables like corn, beans, radish, zucchini or pumpkin.  All of these varieties can be sown directly into the garden and require little effort to get them started.  For me it takes less time to get the seeds sown than it takes to visit to the nursery and it definitely takes far less time to sow seeds compared to transplanting seedlings.

 

Bean Seeds

 

So really there is no reason not to at least give growing from seed a try, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Happy Gardening!

 

Related blog posts:


5 Learnings from a Greenhorne Green Thumb

Author: Lauren Eshman   Date Posted: 23 June 2016 

Before you think - “There’s no way I can garden!” I’m here to tell you that if I can do it, you totally can too! Here are 5 of my key learning's to help you get started.

Read more


Recent blog posts:


The Pros and Cons of a Raised Garden Bed

Author: Bill   Date Posted: 28 September 2017 

Raised garden beds have become extremely popular in recent years, and many gardeners are moving in this direction. There are many upsides to raised garden beds, but there are also some downsides that should be considered before making your final decision.

Read more


Five Reasons to Grow Radishes

Author: Bill   Date Posted: 21 September 2017 

When you first decide you want to grow your own vegetables, the choice of crops on offer is almost overwhelming. Here are five reasons why radishes should be one of the vegetables to make it to your veggie garden shortlist!

Read more


Seed Treatments: Soaking, Scarification and Stratification

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 August 2017 

Some seeds you plant may require special treatments. In this article we will explain what these treatments are, why they are necessary.

Read more


Five Flowers That Anyone Can Grow From Seed

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 17 July 2017 

Gardens look much more appealing with some color and life but many people don't know where to start when it comes to flowers. However some flowers are so easy to grow that all you have to do is sow, water and enjoy.

Read more


Homemade Preparations for Pest, Disease and Weed Control

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 26 June 2017 

This article contains a range of homemade recipes/methods for controlling pests and other problems. While they are considered safe, only use them when and as needed as most are not selective and may kill beneficial insects as well.

Read more


View all blog posts

Comments (1)

RE: 6 Reasons to Grow from Seed
By: on 17 March 2016
is is all true i have done it both ways and would never by seedlings any more $20 will get you 4 punnets $20 worth of seed could be shared between 4 people with plenty for every one and only costing $5 EACH for 3 or more months of greens to add your cooking i feed some to the chickens enlarging on my self sufficient life style.