Starting your own seeds is one way to save on vegetable gardening expenses. While a tomato plant often costs $1.25, the same $1.25 can buy you a packet of 20 to 30 tomato seeds, making the cost of the plant pennies on the dollar. As long as you don’t spend a lot on the seed starting supplies, you can keep your per plant cost well under $1.25. Share your extra seeds with friends.
When I start seeds, I stick to cool weather vegetables – lettuce, spinach, broccoli – spring annuals, and our bigger crops – peppers and tomatoes. If I have extra supplies and space, I also start herbs like basil and parsley. If you’re reusing seeds from a previous year, always check the packet for the expiration date. Most seeds are fine for sprouting the second year especially if they’ve been stored in a cool, dry place during the winter.