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Top 3 Reasons to Start Seeds Indoors

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 28

Are you thinking of putting in your first garden this year? Or maybe you're already a gardener, but you want to try starting seeds indoors? Many of your garden plants, both vegetables and flowers, can benefit from a head start inside. If you live in a northern or colder region, starting the growing season with established plants rather than seeds is essential for a good harvest.

Growing vegetables from seed can be rewarding and fun! Whether you're a new gardener, or thinking of trying indoor seeding for the first time, here are some reasons to go ahead and give your garden a head start.


Top 3 Reasons to Start Seeds Indoors - Tomato Seedlings
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1. You'll Save Money

Would you like to save money on your grocery bill? Growing your own vegetables is a great way to cut down on how much you spend on food for your family. A packet of seeds and a bag of seed-starting soil mix costs far less than just one trip through the produce section. It's true, you will spend some time planting those seeds, but it's minimal: I can prepare four trays of seeds, enough for my garden to feed my family of four, in just a couple of hours.

Even if you buy plants from a greenhouse to plant in your garden when it's warm enough, you could save money by starting them yourself just a few weeks earlier. It's easy to learn how to plant seeds inside, and you can save money at the same time.

 2. You'll Eat Healthier Food

 Commercially grown vegetables are usually fertilized with the essential macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. But those plants are often lacking in the secondary and micronutrients naturally found in soil - calcium, magnesium and others that boost the plant's nutritive value. Plus, if you grow using organic methods, without the use of pesticides, you won't have to worry about thatc harmful residue on your vegetables.

 Learning how to grow seeds at home gives you more control over what goes in your plants, and what ends up on the dinner table!

3. You Can Gow Better Tasting Vegetables

If you've ever eaten a grocery store tomato, you'll notice how bland they usually taste. It's true, you will find a choice of vine, beefsteak, plum, cherry and grape tomatoes. But believe it or not, there are dozens of varieties of each of them, if you're willing to grow your own vegetables!

Take beefsteak, or slicing, tomatoes, for instance. Commercial growers generally choose to grow varieties that are heavy producers and uniform in size and appearance. Unfortunately, flavor is one factor that often gets overlooked.

But if you start seeds indoors, you can pick which varieties of beefsteak tomatoes to grow. To get the best flavor out of your garden vegetables, choose those rated best for eating fresh,.


How to Start Seeds Indoors: Sunflower Seedlings
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Do What's Best For You and Your Garden

If you have the time and the desire to harvest the healthiest, best-tasting vegetables from your own garden, you would do well to learn how to grow vegetables from seed. And for longer-season types, this means you will need to start seeds indoors, whether it's in a greenhouse, under a grow light in a warm room, or on a sunny windowsill. If you buy one packet of tomato seeds, put a dozen seeds in some soil and end up with six plants to transplant into your garden, you'll have enough tomatoes for the whole family and some to share!

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Apr 3, 2013 3:39am
I live in central Utah and our growing season here is pretty unstable. It can range anywhere from 60 to 120 days. We never know what we're going to get. Starting seeds indoors or buying pre-grown plants are our only options.

At the moment, I live in a home where the previous tenants fed their horses wheat and barley, so I can't garden. The spot where they kept their horses is the only spot that the home's owner will allow us to plant.

However, when my kids were little, and my circumstances were different, I always planted my own seeds indoors. I was then able to plant an extra-large garden every Spring. It's the best way to go, because when you use pre-grown plants, you don't know what you're really getting.
Apr 3, 2013 4:37am
I used to buy greenhouse plants when I first started gardening, but starting seeds indoors is so much more satisfying! Thanks for reading.
Apr 3, 2013 10:20am
I wish I had the time to garden. That's a goal for hopefully not to distant future. I like the idea of "farm shares." Here, for one price we get fresh vegetables from April - October for one price.A giid way to eat fresh. Thanks for the info.
Apr 3, 2013 11:23am
I agree, farm shares (or CSA, community-supported agriculture, as we call it here) is a great option. You support your local farmers while getting the freshest vegetables at the same time. Good luck with your pursuit, and thanks for reading!
Apr 3, 2013 11:52pm
Great first article chbamey. I really wish we could grow stuff here but you have to have a polytunnel anchored to the ground. I live in the Outer Hebrides and our croft runs down to the edge of cliff so everything blows away or gets blasted with salt. I got some plants going once and then hubby let the sheep in to crop the grass down but they enjoyed my plants too.
The plus side is that we do have stunning views.
Apr 4, 2013 2:48am
Sounds beautiful, but I can see how gardening would be a bit of a challenge! A polytunnel is something I've wanted to try, as it could extend my growing season by a few weeks for sure. Thanks for reading.
Apr 6, 2013 3:45am
Great first article. Yes I agree you cannot beat growing your own fresh vegies. Especially knowing that there are no harmful chemicals sprayed on them. And of course you know where they were grown (not in human fieces) Its also great when you have unexpected visitors you can just nip outside and pick salads or vegies. rated up
Apr 6, 2013 7:01am
Thanks, eileen. Indeed, there's nothing like having fresh food right outside your door!
May 29, 2013 11:39am
Thanks alot but i have a problem in making my soil fertile ,can you help me?
May 29, 2013 6:04pm
It depends on what you've got for soil now. A good starter mix is equal parts compost, vermiculite and peat moss, usually available bagged or in bulk from garden centers. If you can't do all of this, try adding a two-inch layer of compost to your soil and fork (or till) to mix before planting. Thanks for reading!
May 30, 2013 7:31am
You forgot to mention that you can spend the day planting seeds outdoors only to go out the next morning to find your seeds gnawed into and the empty husks scattered on your lovely garden bed.....
May 30, 2013 8:25am
That's heartbreaking! Do you know who the offender is? I wish you better success next time, and thanks for reading.
May 30, 2013 7:51am
Start most of our plants indoors to avoid frost taking them. Everything is so late this year...looking forward to getting stuff planted out.
May 30, 2013 8:28am
I just put my seedlings in the ground yesterday, and we had snow just a few days ago! Frost is a very big concern around here... our growing season is sadly short, but I start seeds inside to compensate. Good luck with your garden, and thanks for reading.
May 31, 2013 6:17pm
Good article!
May 31, 2013 8:00pm
chiuye215, thanks for your comment!
Jun 1, 2013 3:07pm
Gardening is a very interesting hobby that brings delight,provides fresh vegetables andlegumes.It
saves time rushing to supermarket and finally saves you money.Good article.
Jun 2, 2013 6:09am
It's my favorite summer hobby! It definitely saves money, and is another great way to enjoy the outdoors. Thanks for your comment.
Jun 1, 2013 7:07pm
Great article
Jun 2, 2013 6:09am
Suliczwp87, thanks for reading!
Jun 4, 2013 10:24am
I grow my veggies in San Diego, which is a great place to live, but since I'm so close to the ocean, there is a decent amount of salt content in the air. You can see the effects of this on the exterior paint of our houses. Presumably, this has some effect on veggies too, but I'm not sure how significant this effect is because I've grown every year for several years now and have been very satisfied with the quality of my harvests.

Question, though: do you think, given the climate, it would be a good idea to START growing my veggies (especially with regards to pottable plants like my tomatoes) indoors, to protect them from the saline atmosphere, and then once they start to blossom transfer them outside to optimize sun and moisture exposure?

Hmm... may need to experiment with this. Thanks for your article, it gave me something to think about! :)
Jun 6, 2013 5:48am
Excellent question. I have no experience with saline conditions, but would venture to guess that your perennials may be affected more than fast-growing veggies. I'd be curious to see how your experiment turns out. Good luck, and thanks for your comment.
Jun 7, 2013 10:26am
I love growing plants from seed. Veggies grown from seed just taste so much better :) We have heavy clay soil so I always need to grow seed carefully and get them strong growing with good roots before they go out.
Jun 7, 2013 3:44pm
I agree, they do taste better! Starting my garden indoors is one thing that gets me through the long winters here. Good luck with your garden, and thanks for reading!
Jun 16, 2013 10:55am
Starting off indoors is the only way I can get a head-start on the slugs!!
Jun 16, 2013 4:52pm
Ah, those slugs... especially numerous in such a wet spring as this! Do you have any tips to share on organic slug repellants? Thanks for reading.
Aug 12, 2013 2:58pm
Lovely article. I'm new with indoor garden but I'm trying. Thanks!
Aug 13, 2013 5:19am
Best of luck to you, and thanks for reading!
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