Plant Parenting: Direct Seeding into the Garden

March 28, 2020

Depending on your climate, starting seedlings indoors ahead of garden planting time is advisable. However, some types of edible plants can, and should, be direct seeded either into the outside garden, or into the final container in which they will grow until harvest. Direct seeding is good for quick turn crops, such as lettuces, as well as for root and large-seeded crops that do not transplant well, such as carrots, beets, turnips, cucumbers, beans, corn and squash.

Carrots are the perfect crop for direct seeding.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck


The days-to-harvest number on the packet is calculated from the date of germination in the garden when you direct seed.


PC: Leslie F. Halleck


The days-to-harvest number on the packet is calculated from the date of germination in the garden when you direct seed.


I direct seeded this mixture of edibles and flowers above that includes calendula, kale, Swiss chard, borage, bush beans, and lettuces, into my vegetable garden. I sowed the seeds directly into the garden beds when outdoor temperatures were favorable, rather than starting transplants indoors. The days-to-harvest number on the packet is calculated from the date of germination in the garden when you direct seed.

This weekend I'll be direct seeding bush beans and bush squash out into my garden beds. What about you?!

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