Should I buy seeds or transplants?

I get asked this all the time, and I also see plants for sale at outrageous prices that people should really be planting as seeds.

Short list:

Always use transplants (either buy them or start indoors):

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Onions (plant the dry “sets” that look like baby onions, or plants that look like scallions)
  • Kale/collards
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Woody herbs, like rosemary, sage, and basil

Always plant as seeds directly in the garden:

  • Peas and beans
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Root vegetables: carrots, radishes, parsnips, beets, turnips, rutabagas
  • Cilantro

Here’s my long answer – in visual form!

Seeds or transplants.jpg

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2 Comments

  1. August 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    […] Probably not, especially your first year. Seed starting is its own skill, and you’re going to have your hands full enough. Your first garden will probably be a mix of seeds you plant directly in the garden bed (green beans, lettuce, carrots, squash) and plants you bought at the market or store (tomatoes, peppers). And potatoes, which you plant in the garden as actual potatoes, and which will grow a new potato plant. For more details on what to plant as a seed outdoors vs. transplanting something that was started indoors, see Should I buy seeds or transplants? […]

  2. August 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    […] Should I buy plants or seeds? […]


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