As a beginner gardener, if you’re wondering when to use plants and when to use seeds, then you’re not alone! What are the benefits to using seeds in the garden? What are the benefits of plants? And are there drawbacks to plants and seeds?
I’ll cover all of these beginning gardener questions for you in my video below!
Seeds vs. Plants
Benefits of using seeds:
- Less expensive
- More for your money
- Easy to find a greater variety of plants
- Easy to have seeds shipped to your home
- Can be saved and stored for years
Cons of using seeds:
- Some varieties are difficult to germinate
- Getting from seed to established plant can take a while
- More supplies needed to begin seeds
- When starting indoors, certain temperatures and conditions are needed
Benefits of using plants:
- Plants are already established
- In some cases, you can begin harvesting immediately
- Easy to see what you’re getting
Cons of using plants:
- More expensive than seeds
- They may be diseased or have pests already on them (which could infect other plants in your garden)
- Less variety available
Should you use plants or seeds?
The answer it, it depends. That’s such a classic gardener answer, but as I mentioned in the video, there will be some crops that you’ll have to use seeds. For example:
But there are plenty of other plants out there that can be grown either from seed or plant, and you’ll have to decide which method suits your gardening style best. If you want to be in control of what you grow and exactly how it’s grown from the beginning (and have time), then opt for seeds. If you are just trying out a small garden this year and aren’t confident, then use more plants than seeds.
There’s no right or wrong, except for the short list above. Feel free to leave any questions you may have below for about using plants or seeds. Our next lesson will be the final one, and it’s all about planting and watering!