Transplants or Seeds? – Hoosier Gardener


A lot of gardeners, especially new ones, don’t know whether to sow seeds for their veggies and herbs or buy transplants at the garden center. Here’s a guide.

Sow Seed Directly (follow seed packet instructions)

Beans

Carrots

Corn

Cucumbers

Lettuces/Greens

Melon

Peas

Radishes

Squash

lettuce bowl

Sow a mix of lettuces in a container for a colorful, edible display. Photo courtesy Ball Horticulture

Buy Transplants

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Eggplant

Peppers

Tomatoes

Tomato ready for transplanting.
Tomato seedling is ready to be transplanted. (C) Photo Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Top 10 Herbs to Grow

Basil*

Chives*

Cilantro/Coriander*

Dill*

Fennel*

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

Thyme

* Easy to grow from seeds, but transplants available at garden centers.

Rosemary in a pot.

Many Indiana gardeners grow tender rosemary in a pot. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp