Starting plants indoors from seeds
Many flowers and vegetables may be started from seeds indoors. Vigorous plants started indoors flower sooner and produce an earlier harvest than plants started outdoors. Seeds of certain species, however, are best sown directly outdoors when weather conditions permit and are actually delayed by transplanting. Growing plants from seeds can be a rewarding hobby and also allows home gardeners to grow varieties that may not be available from local plant outlets.
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