Even though a fresh coating of snow has it looking more like winter around here than it has in a few weeks, spring gardening is just around the corner. This year we are trying something new for us, by starting many of our annual flowers and vegetable plants from seeds.
Growing from seed has several advantages:
- Saving money— seeds, soil and jiffy pots cost only a fraction of buying plants from a nursery (assuming they grow well and we don’t have to go buy plants at the garden center anyway).
- Expanding options— the selection of seeds available online exceeds what you are likely to find available as grown plants at a garden store.
- Involving the kids— kids of preschool age and older will enjoy filling the pots, planting the seeds, watering the pots, and watching the plants grow– and they’ll be learning a life skill in the process.
Supplies for this are simple and cheap, too. You’ll need some potting soil, some peat pots, a sunny spot to grow the seedlings, and … seeds.
I haven’t scoured the earth for seed sources, but I was really pleased with the selection and prices I found at GourmetSeed.com. They have lots of heirloom and organic options, so I know I’m growing something different than what I will find in the grocery store or even at some farmers’ markets.
We started the earliest of our seeds last week, so before long there should be some lovely green shoots to look at. That’s a warm thought when gazing out the window at a fresh inch of snow.