My very first year I planted a garden, I went to Lowe’s and bought baby tomato, squash, okra, and watermelon plants. I was so new at gardening, it didn’t even cross my mind to plant anything from seed. Planting seeds seemed to scary. Would it grow? When do I plant? Plus, truth be told, I didn’t want to wait. There’s an immediate satisfaction to planting a baby plant in the ground that you don’t get when you bury a seed.
Still, I learned quickly that planting everything from baby plants grew very expensive the larger I expanded my garden. Plus, it didn’t always work out so well, depending on the plant.
The more I got into gardening, and the more research I did, I found out that certain plants ARE best when they’re planted as transplants, but I also found out that it’s unnecessary to spend extra money to buy crops as baby plants. Many, in fact, don’t do very well when transplanted.
In this week’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I break down the plants that I prefer to plant as transplants, which one I plant as seeds directly in the garden, and which ones I start indoors. I explain why each plant responds better in my garden that way.
Plus, I share some tips to help you know when to start planting — as transplants, seeds outdoors, or seeds indoors.
Plus, when it comes to the timing of when you plant your seeds and transplants, it’s always helpful to plan this in advance. Click here to view my Simple Garden Planner, which helps you schedule out your planting by month and by crop.
Best Plants to Plant as Transplants:
- Tomatoes & tomatillos
- Broccoli & cabbage
- Most herbs
Best Plants to Plant by Seed Directly in the Garden:
- Beans and Peas
- Squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons
- Lettuce, Spinach, Greens
- Related Video: How to Save Okra Seed
Plants You Can Start Early Indoors:
Basic Seed Starting Supplies
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