Wherever possible, I start my container garden with baby plants from the garden center, rather than seeds. Most seed packets have enough seeds to fill a huge garden, way more than a container can accommodate. Something about not using all those seeds bothers me. Besides, it’s just easier to use transplants, where someone else has already done the hard work of getting those baby plants started. But inevitably, each year brings new temptations – new varieties that would be fun to try. And I know the chances of finding those in my local nursery are slim. So for them, seeds it is. And then there are things you simply have to start from seeds; I want some of them too.

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