Gardening from seeds can be immensely rewarding. The variety of seeds is immense and they are inexpensive, too. And seeing a sprout emerge from a tiny seed is exciting for most gardeners. So, here are three things to keep in mind if you plan to try gardening from seeds.
Gardening from Seeds is Not as Hard as You May Think
Flower lovers have almost nothing to lose here, as there are copious, colorful flowers you can easily start from seeds. Marigolds, morning glories, and sunflowers are among the easiest seeds to start, according to Better Homes & Gardens. All three will sprout in about a week and you can plant them directly into the garden instead of sprouting them indoors.
Sprouting your seeds indoors is a great way to get ahead of the growing season. Also, it can spruce up your living space. Learning how to start seeds indoors is easy. It just takes a little soil, some seeds, and something to plant those seeds in. Repurpose items like old milk cartons, egg crates, and many other things to use as planters. In fact, you don’t have to spend much to get some seeds sprouting.
You Might Just Feed Yourself
The purchase of greenhouse-grown plants can add up quickly. Growing from seeds is the best way to garden economically, according to this Denver Post article on gardening from seeds. And if your intention is to grow some food, that’s a perfectly realistic expectation. While some fruits will benefit from being sprouted and then transplanted, many leafy greens grow best when you plant them directly into the soil.
Planting seeds for food will inform you about what you’re eating in a way that buying store-bought food doesn’t. You can use organic seeds and soil, and you can control whether to douse them in pesticides or herbicides, or not. Gardening your own food from seeds can be immensely rewarding. Also, you’ll gain knowledge about the plant itself. It literally grows before your eyes. How much more informed can you get about where your food is coming from?
Expect to Get Hooked
If there’s one potential drawback to gardening from seeds. You may find yourself with a new hobby that begins to border on an obsession. Many gardeners, like British author Charlotte Mendelson, say gardening from seeds is addictive. The reason is simple: seeds are readily available in nearly every supermarket or hardware store your likely to find yourself in.
They come in affordable little packets that supply you with hundreds, if not thousands of potential life forms that you can grow and tend to. Soon, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment from nurturing your sprouts. Beware though, because you may find yourself sprouting seeds all year round and reading entire books on gardening.
You might cease to care about saving money, or growing food, and instead come to view gardening as a means to an end. It’s a meditative practice through which you connect with the natural world and gain insights into the deepest mysteries of life. Okay, maybe not. But you can absolutely expect to see something grow.
For some, the prospect of picking and choosing the proper flora for their garden presents a conundrum; a paradox of choice that never gets resolved. For others, a trip to the local greenhouse and the purchase of an armful of already-grown plants will suffice.
Perhaps it’s only the most patient planters who will go the hard route of starting from scratch. But these are the folks who arguably get the most satisfaction out of the hobby. This year consider getting your spring garden going with seeds.