I often try to propagate new plants from gathered seeds and cutting. This can range from seeds gathered from some green onions that have gone wild, to tomato plants from the compost pile to seeds and cuttings gathered on walks or gifted by friends. It is always so pleasing to create something out of nothing, at no cost but your time. — Douglas

If you are considering starting some seeds this year, stop. You definitely should. It is as inexpensive and easy as you want it to be. Sure, supplies are needed to get you started, and some seeds need a little extra attention to get going, but once that is done, the seeds tend to do much of the rest. Give them warmth, light, and water, and they will grow.

A seed packet contains dozens to hundreds of potential plants and costs a fraction of what just one would cost at the nursery. And many more varieties are available from seed than what you will find for sale locally. That’s right: more plants, less cost, greater variety. Now why wouldn’t you start some seeds?

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition (Revised)

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