Growing your own seedlings is not hard to do and opens the door to new opportunities for the home gardener, homesteader or small farmer. You’ll have a vast number of varieties available to choose from, more control over the amount of seed you purchase, and you’ll save money by growing your plants yourself. Starting your own plants gives you the chance to extend the growing season at either end too─try finding started seedlings for a fall sowing of broccoli! You’ll know exactly how those plants were produced, what kind of fertilizer and pesticides─if any─were used, where the seed came from and whether or not that seed was an open-pollinated heirloom variety, a hybrid, or something else. But starting and growing your own seedlings can seem a little intimidating at first; here are some tips to help you get started.
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