Growing from seed

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Seed packets from Diggers Club
Seed packets from Diggers Club

A lot of what we’ve grown has been from seed, rather than seedlings. What has been interesting is that plants from seeds have consistently grown quicker and stronger than seedlings. For example, our sugar snap peas from seeds are gowing incredibly, while the seedlings of snow peas from the local garden store have barely moved (very disappointing).

Dollar-for-dollar, you can’t beat seeds. At $2-4 per packet, that’s the price of a single vegetable from many supermarkets. Packets contain 50-200 seeds, depending on the variety. This may seem a lot (it is!), but it gives plenty to share around with neighbours, or to trade for other seeds.

Most seeds last for 2 years, giving a good chance to get value out of them. I’ve also been lazy: instead of planting in punnets, I’ve sown seeds directly into the ground, with complete success. (No doubt this is due to the warm Sydney climate.)

There are many suppliers of seeds in Australia, mostly organic, including:

Note that a lot of these suppliers concentrate on heirloom seeds, old varieties no longer seen on supermarket shelves. These are great, well adapted to local conditions, and often both tasty and unusual. Seek these out wherever possible!

Where have you been getting your seeds from?

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8 thoughts on “Growing from seed

    Lara said:
    June 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    In a small way, I’m a seed saver 🙂

    I bought some Italian Parsley from diggers years ago, and it spread all over the garden in our rental property. When we moved, some tiny parsley seedlings moved with us in pots, they have since seeded, and I’ve scattered the seeds in our fledgling new garden. Soon, soon, I hope to have parsley again.

    The rocket that came from my dads seeds is going great guns, and the scarlet runner beans are too. Want some seed?

      James responded:
      June 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

      Yes, let’s definitely do a seed swap! I have heaps of left-over seeds of all sorts of things, which need to be used by the end of next year. Give me a yell when you’re in the Lewisham/Summer Hill neighbourhood…

    Lara said:
    June 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Or you guys could come to Granville… I cook 😉

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