Every summer, garden starts with choosing the baby plants right. This is no brainer but if you are a newbie gardener there will a dilemma between buying plants versus planting seeds its simple if you want a quick produce go with the plants if you like waiting then go with the seeds. When purchasing plants, rather than seeds, you’ll have far less selection when it comes to varieties and may lose out on interesting heirlooms that are well-suited to your climate. Due to the timing of when garden centers stock up on veggies, you may likely be forced to start your garden much later than if you planted seeds.
When deciding how to start your garden, keep in mind your goals and what you plan to plant. While some plants are best started from seed, others may make sense to buy as plants, especially if your life isn’t conducive to starting seeds indoors.
Top Vegetables and Herbs for Newbie Gardeners
- Cucumbers, melons, squash and zucchini
- Perennial herbs such as lavender and rosemary
- Beets, carrots and other root crops
- Corn, Peas
In cooler climates, tomatoes, squash and herbs need to be started indoors, a prospect that can be daunting for new gardeners. Perennial herbs can take a long time to grow from seed and will keep producing for years, so buying plants often makes sense. Beans, beets, carrots, corn and peas grow easily from seed and can suffer damage when they’re transplanted from a plastic container to their final location, so in most cases, they do best when directly planted. Lettuce and other salad greens are ideally, you want to plant a small amount each week for a continuous supply. Salad greens grow easily especially in the cool weather of spring and fall, and can be planted directly in the soil.