Garden Tips: Start from Seeds

by Elyse V

I have always enjoyed gardening and good garden tips. This is not just a pandemic thing for me. Although gardening during the pandemic did represent a few challenges.

You see, my garden consists of three large raised planters and three small planters. Filling these planters with plants and seedlings isn’t always easy. Usually, check out a number of garden centres and nurseries to hunt down the seedlings I need for my garden. These normally are: green onions, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, hot peppers, rosemary, thyme, chives, and oregano. However, the garden centres weren’t open when I needed them. When they did open gardeners inundated them. This made obtaining plants challenging.

I did manage to get a few seedlings but I mostly planted from seed. To say I was nervous was an understatement. All of my previous attempts to start my own seedlings failed miserably. My seedlings have died in a variety of ways, including being killed by fungus and just withering away.


This time was different, perhaps because I started the seeds outside. Surprisingly, all my seeds grew and grew well. The most shocking to me were the zucchini seeds. I bought good organic seeds and every seed I planted really blossomed. Did I plant too many thinking they wouldn’t all come up? Yes. Was it ok when they did? Yes because they weren’t overcrowded. I did buy four zucchini seedling which make two plants as you have to pair them off. My seeds were only about 2-3 weeks behind the seedlings which I felt was very acceptable.

I highly recommend starting more of your herbs and plants yourself from seed. Yes, it takes a little longer; but seeds are more economical and easier to obtain the variety of plants and herbs you want. Next year you’ll find me by the seed carousel.

If you have any gardening tips from this rather unorthodox planting season, let us know in the comments.

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