So as you know, there are lots of ways to garden. Everyone seems to have a preference and opinion on how to do things. Thankfully, with the GreenStalk there is room for error and experimentation because each GreenStalk has between 18-30 planting pockets (depending on how high you stack it). In the GreenStalk, you can grow from seed, starter plants or replant kitchen your kitchen scraps (such as green onions, celery, etc.). You can even plant a combo of all three in one tower!
However in this post I am going to go over the main pros and cons to direct sowing seed compared to growing from a starter plant. I won’t be comparing indoor seed starting because to me, that’s kind of a crossover between both. It’s a growing from seed but also transplanting a starter plant.
For our testing, we grow almost exclusively from seed. This works great for us because it saves money and we can track the growth of the plant from seed through harvest. There are just a couple of exceptions to this “rule,” sweet potatoes, strawberries, lingonberries, raspberries and blueberries. We bought starter plants for those basically because they were easier to find and plant.
So here are some great reasons for starting plants from seed: