To transplant or not to transplant, THAT is the question! !!
Whether to grow by seed or transplant is usually one of a Gardner’s first question’s. Next to what to garden and where. All in all there is no right or wrong answer. It boils down to the difficulty level and how comfortable you are with it.
Easy to Direct Sow
- Roots Veggies-Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Radishes, Turnips
If you have seen many seeds, you will notice that typically the bigger the seed, the easier it is to direct sow. Not always the case but this is what I have seen. When you sow directly into the soil, it is better to use more seeds than you think. After they grow a bit, you can easily thin them out. (I’ll do another post on that soon)
These plants are hard to transplant due to the fact they have a delicate root system. They are babies and do not like to messed with! Especially ones like peas and carrots.
Easy To Transplant (Start Indoors)
These can either be difficult to grow from seed or have a long growing season. Growing from transplant allows you harvest sooner as they mature quicker. They also give you a foot in the ground and avoid helping seeds through low germination and/or harsh weather conditions. This is why it can be easier to sow indoors to extend your growing season if your climate is unfavorable.
So a summary:
It is really all about preference as to whether direct sow, start indoors and transplant or buy transplants. Each have their own pros and cons that you have to weigh.
You need to think about your climate, whether you want to wait the full growing season of your plants, and the cost you are willing to put into your garden.
I personally do a little of both. This past year due to being pregnant, I kind lost my green thumb so I am trying to get it back this year.Plus my kids are at a great age to teach the process of life!
I am going to to do a little series of posts showing my progress. So look forward to those weekly! Maybe bi weekly.. Subscribe to my email to receive updates to my posts to see my babies grow!