Whether you’re a novice gardener or a seasoned veteran, it’s important to understand the differences between transplanting and direct sowing (or seeding). As trusted suppliers of natural products ranging from all-purpose granular fertilizer to fast start planting tablets, Jobe’s Organics can help explain the differences.

To Seed, or Not to Seed?

Your gardening success can be affected by many factors, but the right planting method can give you a head start. Generally speaking, transplanting is the more convenient method of the two. However, direct sowing is more affordable. You can also compensate for each method’s drawbacks with gardening hacks and the right products.

Transplanting Benefits

This technique is undeniably convenient. Placing purchased plants directly in the ground or a container removes a major step from your gardening project. It also means you’ll have access to fresh greens and veggies much sooner than if you’d sown seeds directly into the soil. Plants that have already developed roots and other systems are stronger, making them less vulnerable to outside conditions. For example, delicate seeds have a more difficult time battling with weeds for space and surviving unexpectedly harsh weather.

Direct Sowing Advantages

Seedlings definitely have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely defenseless. Give them a fighting chance with fertilizer; try Jobe’s Organics Fast Start Granular to speed up the nutrient-boosting process. Jobe’s All-Purpose Granular or Fast Start Planting Tablets are also excellent choices for strengthening seeds and young plants. Don’t forget to thin your seedlings as they grow. Pulling less desirable plants gives their hardier relatives better air circulation and room to grow.

Planting seeds brings other benefits. When buying plants at the nursery to transplant, you’re stuck with the varieties they have on hand. When buying seeds, you can order online or pick from what your garden store has available. Since these sellers only have so much space, you’re likely to fare better with seed varieties than plant varieties. Of course, seeds are relatively inexpensive, leaving you with the funds to buy multiple varieties if you wish. Stretch your gardening dollar further with succession planting: You’ll get multiple harvests from your seeds, resulting in fewer trips to your store’s produce department.

Reap What You Sow with Jobe’s Organics

As your edible garden grows and matures, you can switch over to an appropriate fertilizer spike designed for vegetables and tomatoes—such as Jobe’s Organics Vegetable & Tomato Fertilizer Spikes. Whatever your planting method, we’re here to help your plants grow and thrive. Get a jump on this year’s garden, and count on Jobe’s Organics for a full line of natural fertilizers and supplies throughout the season.