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June 04, 2009


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Really, I don't think it matters. I've grown most of my things from seed but have bought a couple of things too (sweetcorn, celery, Autumn gourds). In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter.

There's always next year.


I bought broad bean plants this year as mine failed to germinate and felt like a fraud as well.

However, I think buying one plant is much better especially when you are talking about squashes and courgettes - who needs more than one or two anyway.


Definitely too hard on yourself! My husband and I were just saying the other day how when we have kids we will be unlikely to have the extra time during the two or three months it takes to nurture from seed. Feel good that you are growing your own veg, and doing it economically.

Lia Leendertz

This is the first year in a long while that i have grown everything from scratch, and although i'm feeling smug i do think there is a lot to say for buying them ready to pop into the ground. So much can go wrong with seedlings! Yours are healthy, cheap and easy. Well done.

Dawn Isaac

Thank you all for the encouragment. I shall go and feel guilty about something else now instead...


You are not cheating at all -- I only use seeds if I can sow them directly. My house is too small to set up grow lights and start them inside. Otherwise, I buy everything -- from farmers' markets, the grocery store, plant nursery -- wherever I find something interesting!


All these people are being far too polite....
extreme guilt over the small things is terribly good for you. Gets you in training is case you ever need to mug somebody or rob a bank.
Also if you really felt guilty you would remove the labels and keep quiet about the exact provenance of your vegetables. Nobody would ever have known.
Except you: as you toss and turn through endless sleepless nights.....

Dawn Isaac

Islandgardener - thank you for the solidarity.

James - After that comment, you may have moved to the top of my list of people to mug... (especially if you are laden with glittery red shoes and botox)


I think you've found a very happy medium. The kids have had the experience of starting veggies from seed with the couple things you did grow yourself and you've saved money and time by finding plants cheaper than the seeds. That equals more quality time enjoying the garden with the kids!

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