When I started gardening six years ago, I didn’t know much. Thats an exaggeration, I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know how to bury potatoes over and over to get the best crop, or how to trim tomato plants to yield a sweeter harvest. Fast forward to now that I am a little older and wiser plus have a few more youtubes under my belt, I have made a new discovery. I don’t like direct sow. This has been recent development because I had always started seeds early in a pot before frost, than after the cold, I would just direct seed my squash, pumpkins,corn ect in May. But after some experimenting, I think next year EVERYTHING will be pots first. Let me make my case.
- I don’t like to weed. If your plants are bigger when you put them in, you know where they are.You can weed accordingly. Direct seed you don’t really know whats coming up where…and weeds are allowed to grow for a while until what is what can be determined. Then I have to play catch up to get rid of unwanted guests. And I don’t like to weed.
- Starting seeds in pots means bigger plants faster. I had to see it to believe it, but it is true. Seedlings in pots are almost six inches bigger in the same time, just for getting better water than direct sow counterparts.
- Prettier gardens. Because you have plants instead of seeds, you have more control over straight ones and spacing. Seeds tend to move around in the dirt when watered, plants are more stationary.
So there you have it. My arguments on pot seeding.I hope this makes sense and helps you in the future. But for now, I need to get off the computer and get out and plant! (in pots of course) Hopefully I won’t have to weed.