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    A friend came up to me today and noted that I had packets of seeds in my hand, she first asked me when I would be sowing them, the went on to say as she hasn't got a greenhouse, or the time she never sows seeds, she just buys packs of plants as she is not that good a gardener, it was a surprise to her when I told her I buy plug plants also, her reaction to being told that made me wonder if people are discouraged from gardening because the feel they are not that good as they have to buy plants or if they consider it cheating gardening that way. Now I buy plug plants as some times it is more economical to do so, or to give me an earlier start than I would have waiting for ambient temperatures to reach the appropriate requirements, or simply to save space, do you think it would encourage people to do more gardening if they knew that "gardeners" buy plug plats as well?
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    There's nothing wrong with buying plugs. I've bought a few myself - especially begonias.

    There's a book called "The Half hour Allotment" - that's half hour a day (not a week).

    One of the main timesavers is buying plug plants:-

    One of the easiest ways to reduce your workload is to buy vegetable plants. Most allotmenters don't have the facilities to produce really good seedlings and spend hours shifting hundreds of pots from windowsill to garden, which risks forgetting them just once and losing all to a late frost or letting them get drawn and leggy from being inside too long. Some nurseries supply beautifully grown plants for planting out: there's no shame in leaving it to the experts
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    I didn't know plugs grew on plants, I get mine from the electrical store...……………………………….exits stage right...……………..

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    I also don’t have the time or patience to mollycoddle seedlings so I tend not to bother with shifting trays of seedlings in and out every day. Just wait til forecast is mild for a few days then move everything at once. GH to sheltered spot on top of bins, or windowsill to GH.
    Most seem to survive

    Although I prefer growing from seed - little seedlings popping their heads up never fails to make me smile - I do still buy some stuff as plug plants. Stuff like hot chillies where I may only want one plant every third year, that I have failed to grow from seeds or cuttings, or forgotten/not had time to sow because other aspects of life had to take priority.
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    I do buy plug plants, but usually that's of herbs that I find difficult to grow from seed. No shame in that what so ever. I don't know why, but I do feel a little guilt in doing that, but I figure plug plants need a home too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    I do buy plug plants, but usually that's of herbs that I find difficult to grow from seed.
    I'm the same, I don't grow on a large scale so to me sowing from seed is part of my little hobby.

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    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. In fact in a lot of cases it probably makes you a better gardener. I've had to give the kiss of life to many a carp plug plant that has been abused during the packing and delivery ( when I got paid to do other people's gardening). Personally I don't buy veg plug plants. I find growing from seed no more time consuming that reviving half dead plugs, and it's cheaper. I can hear several of you saying you've brought flower plugs. Yes for 2 reasons. 1 they were for a customer, 2 I don't really care about flowers .
    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

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    Part of the problem is that in some plants are available weeks in advance of when they should be planted, (grown for a more southerly environment) and not knowing any better, they are planted 1st weekend and they don't do well.

    So in these cases If you are going to have to keep your plugs for 2 or 3 weeks, you might as well grow them from seed and enjoy the experience.
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