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Post  PortugueseAna on 2/2/2019, 9:04 am

Hello everyone,

I'm Ana, I live in the north of Portugal where my husband and I bought a farm last year. My background is Physics, my husband is an economist, and we lived in the big city up until last year, so we are totally new to gardening. However, I'm excited about starting SFG this year. We are going to start with just a few beds and we plan on adding more in the coming years. I have the beds planned out and we are going to start building them in the next couple of weeks! I know that Mel's book advises starting your crops from seed, but I'm a bit afraid of going in over my head if I start from seed instead of buying the seedlings at a local store and then transplanting them. What do you think? What would you advise me?

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Post  trolleydriver on 2/2/2019, 11:10 am

Welcome Ana from cold and snowy Ottawa, Canada.

There are some things that are easy to grow from seed directly planted in the Mel's Mix.  Some do not like to be transplanted. For me I have to either start things like tomatoes and peppers indoors or buy transplants.  

Its not difficult to grow vegetables from seeds. I grow things like carrots, beets, squash, parsnips, lettuce, etc. directly from seed sown outside.  It depends a lot on your climate.

You could experiment by growing some from seeds with transplants as well in case the seeding does not work.

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Post  yolos on 2/2/2019, 7:04 pm

The first year I gardened I exclusively used  purchased transplants for everything I could buy.  The next year I tried seeding tomatoes inside about 6 weeks before my last frost.  It worked so well that that is the only way I grow tomatoes now.  So now I try to grow seedlings in the spring inside that will be ready to transplant when I want to plant them in the garden and not when the plant nurseries think I should plant them.  I use season extending methods and sometimes plant things a 2 - 4 weeks earlier in the spring.  But take it easy the first year because you will be spending a lot of time building beds, learning about insect pests,  and learning how to grow.  So save yourself some time the first year and buy transplants whenever possible (if you can afford them).
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/3/2019, 7:39 am

Hi Ana. Welcome from the SE USA & Atlanta, GA.

You'll find that many of us use a combination of seeds & bought plants. Nothing wrong with that at all!

Looking forward to seeing photos of your garden!
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Post  sanderson on 2/3/2019, 3:08 pm

Ana, Welcome to the Forum from California, West USA. As already stated, you will learn a lot in the first year, and using starts is perfectly acceptable.

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Post  PortugueseAna on 2/4/2019, 10:44 am

Thanks everyone for taking the time to help me out.

I think I'll take your advice and do mostly transplanting. I'll try a few from seed, such as tomatoes. I once tried to grow tomatoes from seed to use in pots at our balcony and they did ok. I'll also try carrots and beets from seed in March. Our climate is not very cold, we are running through our coldest days now and we have around -1ºC during the night, but we are above 10ºC during the day.

I'll show you some photos of the built beds as soon as we have them in place! Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 2/4/2019, 3:54 pm

Looking forward to your photos! bounce

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/4/2019, 6:51 pm

glad you\'re here PortugeseAna!  You cannot go wrong with this method.  Do what makes sense.  Just keep lots of notes with dates, what worked, what didn’t!  You will find yourself referring to those notes often forever!  Every year is different.  

Can’t  wait to hear from you.  What do you like to eat?
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