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#1 of 5 Old 01-30-2002, 12:16 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi, this will be my first solo garden (have helped neighbor in past years, but have moved). We are at a new house. The previous owner had a big garden so I have a spot. Beyond that I am feeling overwhelmed, especially with the seed vs plant. I don't know if I can grow seeds inside for transplant but much of what I read suggests that. Help! I'm so excited about having a garden but need some guidance.

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Being horrible with house plants, I also usually fail at starting seeds indoors. What I do is direct seed everything I can right into the garden - which is honestly just about everything - flowers and vegies - lots of things grow great this way. For the few that need a head start, such as some herbs for instance, I buy seedlings. Good luck!

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This will be my second year of having my own garden, so I offer only enthusiasm and not much experience. I love starting things from seed, indoors and out. The choice of varieties is so much greater with seed than with plants. The up-front cost of seed is lower (though I guess you'd have to factor in success rates, and the extra effort). And I just love seeing the sprouts come up. I get more out of that than from the harvest, I think.

I had good luck starting tomatos and peppers indoors last March. I did buy a 2-tube flourescent work lamp to put over them. ($20 or so at Home Depot). I had less luck with lettuce started indoors, and peas -- weak and lanky. They both did much better planted directly outdoors.

My mom's the expert gardener, and she always planted peas, beans, corn, carrots, radishes, melons, lima beans, that's all I can remember now, from seed direct in the garden, and bought tomato plants. She didn't grow peppers, or start anything inside.

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Some plants are not as easily transferred from seedling pots to garden and should jsut be sown directly in the garden.

I never plant a bean seed inside. Peas and the such do just fine sown directly into the ground.

If you dont wanna bother with seeds indoors (they can be a pain to get them enough light so they are not lanky), just buy your tomato plants. I no longer buy plants (since we have a nursery and my Dh has the knack for seeds unlike any man I have ever met) but I used to buy tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers every year. I just found those to be a pain for me to start as seed. THO some do it and get beautiful plants.

If you have the money, why not try the seeds, if they dont work, compost them and buy some plants?

Ohh and dont bother with lettuce or spinach unless you live in a realllly cool area. Those are fall crops in most places.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm excited to know you all are out there for help Here is what I want to plant:

Sweet Peas
Yellow Beans
Plum tomatoes
Bell Peppers
Maybe a lettuce mix

I know this sounds ambitious, so I may pare down, but I have the space.
So with the lettuce I can't plant any until fall? Any other hints or tips on the things I want to try. I will do plants for the peppers and tomatoes, the rest seed? What about asparagus, is it hard to grow? I just love it to eat so wanted to try.

Thanks again for the help.
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