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Grow From Seed or Buy From Nursery?

PMLightingAlex's picture

Last year was the first year I ever tended a garden and it was actually very successful. I grew all of vegetables in pots in my kitchen for about 2 months, then planted them in the garden. I live in Colorado, so the weather is kind of up and down, which is why I kept them in the house. Anyway, they looked like they were going to die for the first couple of weeks and then just sprung back to life. They grew great the rest of the summer.So this year, I really don't want a bunch of plants in my kitchen. It just took up too much space. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with both growing from seed and with planting a healthy plant from a local nursery. What about from a home improvement store, such as Home Depot?A family member told me that she thinks it's best to buy from a nursery because the plants are cared for full-time by staff who know how to take the best care of the plants, meaning they will be much healthier and hardier. It makes sense to me, but I'm just wondering what other people think.

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peonygirl's picture

Hi PMLightingAlex,Either works - seeds or plants.  I would do a local nursery or garden centre (even the grocery store garden centres are good!).  Depending on when you are planting, would probably determine if you should plant seeds or a plant.  As long as the plant looks healthy, I dont see a problem where you buy it from.  We mostly do plants - our summers are not too long, so, we need a head start.  But for some cases, we use seeds or for potatoes, we use the potato (that has the eyes- I think that is what it is called)  Good luck!

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