Starting from seed

I am embarrassed to admit that for all my plant loving, I've never started herbs from seed. Then again, I've lived in a garden-less apartment in the city for going on 7 years now, nearly my whole dang adult life.

This season I plan on taking much better advantage of my fire escape than last year, when almost all I managed to harvest were 3 miniature tomatoes. Is it worth starting from seed? Should I just buy some little guys from the farmers market in a few months instead? Advice?

Plus these illustrations make me swoony, especially with spring so close. Am I busted for wanting to start from seed just so I can fiddle with these packets?

9 comments:

  1. those seed packets are so lovely! last winter i went on kind of a rampage planting seeds in my apartment--mostly flowers and herbs. i think nearly every window space was occupied. i would recommend getting a package of seed starting pods, or if you want to get creative, you can fill empty cardboard egg cups with dirt or cut up a toilet paper roll and do the same. i'd put them in plastic takeout containers and cover them with plastic wrap to make a "greenhouse." the herbs, like lavender and basil, were easiest to keep inside. ha, i sound a little seed crazy. anyway, good luck if you decide to plant some!

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  2. I think for tomatoes you might want to go with starter pots found at farmer's markets.

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  3. ooh you make me want to start my own mini garden. i think herbs are quite easy to grow from seeds, but like someone above said, for other plants i'd buy them as baby plants and grow them.

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  4. Just dreaming about teenie tiny leaves makes even a confirmed non-gardener want to grow. Hmmm maybe I'll have an omelet tonight to transform the egg carton into a baby nursery.

    Great idea!

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  5. I think some things do better than others from seeds. I grew some rocket (same as arugula I think..) from seeds one year and it was ridiculously easy and very rewarding to grow as it just kept on coming.

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  6. Love the tip about egg cartons!

    As a girlscout we used to make fire starters from cardboard egg cartons by filling them with dryer lint and dipping them in wax!

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  7. Iv'e always had good luck growing herbs from seed however, if you live in an area with short growing season, cold zones, I would just purchase started plants. If you do go with seeds, remember to purchase heirlooms. They will give you back seeds galore that will hold the true "plant genes". Hybrid seeds cannot be relied upon to replicate the parent plant. Good Luck.
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  8. for veggies i'd go ahead and get small plants. i'm attempting to grow carrots from seed and i'm pretty sure they'll be barely Barbie sized by this summer...

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