There’s no one and only right way to start seeds. Seed starting is as personal and diverse as gardeners themselves. But if going to the garden centre and buying seedlings that are ready to plant is so easy… why do I commit to the time and energy it takes to grow from seed?
Looking at a sea of budding green bits on my shelves after I’ve come inside from shovelling snow is an inspiring promise of the warm and sunny days to come. I am excited every. single. time. a seed germinates.
Growing from seed gives me the opportunity to try different varieties of vegetables that may not be sold as seedlings at local garden centres.
To understand the immense dedication and time it takes for a single tomato to grow is to respect food, the earth and all of its gifts. Pre-vegetable-growing Jaz would not have thought too much about discarding the fronds of a carrot… post-vegetable-growing Jaz uses every part of that carrot! Did you know fronds make wonderful pesto? It is also wonderful used as garnish. So fancy.
Ok but HOW do you start a garden?
How do you start from seed? It can feel daunting to start seeds for the first time but here are thoughts to mull over before you get started. This “how” section is simplified – on purpose – because when you are just starting out, don’t overthink it. Seeds, water, soil and a small container are the start of a garden.
Bare bones important bits: