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    Where I am, it's extremely cold very late in the spring and then suddenly very hot in the daytime just a few weeks later. I've tried growing everything from seed, but the window of opportunity is so short that I've given up and now concentrate on just a few varieties. That means I buy a lot of plug plants for cabbages, onions, peppers and aubergines, even lettuce at certain times of year.

    I used to feel like it was cheating, but now I've done it for a few years, I just regard it as practical. Almost everyone here buys plug plants, so I've never been made to feel guilty or inadequate in any way by the locals. If anything, some of them think I'm a bit daft growing things like courgette and melons from seed. They'd be shocked to think that anyone might consider them not proper gardeners because they buy plug plants. After all, many of them provide for their huge extended families, the old people's home and anyone they happen to meet on the street when they've got a bag or box full of more green beans and lettuce than they know what to do with.
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    I buy quite a few plug plants - certainly all of the half hardy bedding plants, which I simply don't have space to raise indoors. I also buy things I find difficult to grow, for example cauliflowers and sweet potatoes. Absolutely no shame in buying things, especially if you don't have the space or the time to deal with loads of seedlings.

    Which reminds me - I mustn't forget to pot up the lettuce seedlings...
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    I buy plugs too, especially Aalsmeer cauliflower in August
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    I do think there's some snobbery in gardening though, but not at all on this forum may I add. Often it's those that have heard how things 'are supposed to be done' and know little else that are stubborn and look down on people that don't do it that way.

    I've had a few funny looks up at the allotment when I say I'm doing no dig gardening, and I can see that they assume I'm lazy, and that it will never work. And it might not, but it's my way of gardening. Others have been incredibly supportive and want to know more or do it that way themselves.

    Either way, however others do it, I appreciate when respect is shown to each others' way of gardening and growing veg, and I absolutely do the same. I think the more knowledge you have, the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    There's nothing wrong with buying in plug plants. It makes you no less of a gardener. You still have to nurture them into a crop producing plant.
    No one should feel guilty about buying plug plants. It's all part of the many different styles and techniques of gardening. And we all know we all garden very differently
    That's the point I am trying to make young or inexperienced gardeners may feel guilty that they don't always grow from seed
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    Quote Originally Posted by rary View Post
    That's the point I am trying to make young gardeners may feel guilty that they don't always grow from seed
    and that's why you don't feel guilty, rary
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    I have never bought plug plants for veg/toms ( or if I have I've forgotten!) ....possibly because I've never seen the varieties that I want to grow and they are often easier than flowers? Though I did like receiving a few chilli plants from SP in the post
    I buy bedding packs for flowers all the time. Geraniums/buzzy Lizzie etc need a lot more TLC than a tomato and usually need starting much earlier in the season....often when extra heat/light would be an advantage.

    For me the seed to seedling/pot stage is the best bit! I love pottering about in the greenhouse.
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