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Team Seeds, or Plants?

By Trish
November 6, 2011

What kind of gardener are you: Team Seeds, or Team Plants?

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Nov 5, 2011 9:00 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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While I love planting seeds I have a tendency to sow them in containers beneath other plants and never label them ... therefore I never remember what the heck is sprouting beneath the Schefflera tree or in the container with the Ficus tree etc. I'm also a sucker for plants that someone else has already tended and brought to maturity and strolling through a garden center or nursery usually finds thee or four (or more) in my cart ... instant gratification! It's hard to pick a favorite so I guess i'm on both team seed and team plants but I lean more toward team plants.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Nov 5, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
Leap. The net will appear.
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 2 Permaculture
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I tend to go for plants, if I find what I like at the market. I can buy 3 goodsized seedlings for $2. By the time I buy the seed and dance the dance I am easily into that much. Besides, good strong seedlings are well grown by someone who knows what they are doing and they do it well. I am willing to let go and buy the plant!!! Had to pull out all of my bokchoys due to an infestation of white fly or something...and as I grew them from seed it made it mad to have to destroy them. I

I always plant more than we need. I love sharing!
It's all about choices.
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Nov 5, 2011 10:03 PM CST
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Southwest Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: United States of America Birds Hummingbirder Container Gardener
I love watching a seed germinate and become a strong survivor but it seems plants do better for me so I tend to buy those little instant gratifications.
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Nov 5, 2011 10:14 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
I can't make a choice, so I'm posting in Combination of both thread. : )
I love doing both ways.
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Nov 6, 2011 2:28 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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I agree
I garden for the pollinators.
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Nov 6, 2011 2:58 AM CST
Name: Anthony Weeding
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
idont havemuch-but ihave everything
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Australia Lilies Seed Starter Bulbs
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Australia is hard and costly to import bulbs[your dealing with the government ]:blinking: so i am lucky to have so many gracious seed donors[you know who you are] from all around the world.I do buy as many 'rare ' liliums from around this state as i can.,.The quality is brilliant Thumbs up
lily freaks are not geeks!
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Nov 6, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
I am a combo person too.. quick growing annuals from seed are the best.. sometimes waiting 3 years or more for perennials can make me crazy .. the ones I don't want to wait for... I buy plants
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Nov 6, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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Both, for sure!
Ah, the fun of seeds!
And seed is the only way for me to get the specialty plants from England I like.
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.
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Nov 6, 2011 11:30 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Charter ATP Member Farmer Region: Oregon Enjoys or suffers cold winters
The miracle of a dead looking seed coming to life with the addition of soil and water, never ceases to amaze me. Think of it, a cabbage seed is about this o big, and will grow a 10 pound cabbage in about 4 months! Mostly I grow vegies from seed, and buy flowers.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Nov 6, 2011 4:13 PM CST
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Morning Glories Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
I go both ways on this question as well. I share Becky's love of the instant gratification that plants give us but also love the miracle of seeds like Mary said. Our nurseries show the same plants year after year . Seeds are the only way to get something different . Thumbs up
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
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Nov 6, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Daylilies Roses
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Have to say I do both, more and more of the seeds, though, as I can't bring myself to pay the prices even the big box stores want for plants these days.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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Nov 7, 2011 11:31 AM CST
Name: Pat(rick) George
Finland (previously England)
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Generally I prefer seeds; but the very short growing season here means I just have to buy in some plants. Very few Finnish gardeners grow from seed; so there's a very limited selection available, and I buy most in from England.
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Nov 7, 2011 4:13 PM CST
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Combo here as well. I try to get seeds going about Jan. in the GH. Moved most of my begonias in today...no $$ to replace each year and we do get cold (hard freeze at times) here so they get to cuddle with the plummies and brugs.
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
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