Planting seeds

What Does It Mean to Direct Seed or Direct Sow Seeds?

Direct Seeding or direct sowing means that you start planting seeds in the garden, rather than buying small plants or starting seeds indoors earlier and transplanting them outside.

Many seeds of both flowers and vegetables can be started outdoors, at the start of the growing season. Starting seeds indoors may give you a head start, but some plants don’t like being transplanted and will grow better if you seed them in the bed where they will be grown without being disturbed. This is especially true of plants that have long taproots, such as butterfly weed, oriental poppies, dill, and parsley.

Often you won’t lose any time when you direct sow instead of starting seeds early indoors. Plants that are seeded and grown in place won’t experience the stress of transplanting and will not need time to adjust to their new growing conditions and you won’t even have to harden them off.

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