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Some Vegetables Are Better from Seed

Seed packets for pumpkins, winter squash, and cucumbers

Instead of selling some vegetables as plants, we sell them as seeds instead. We do this for several reasons:

  1. Early May is just too early for some tender and fragile plants to be outside.
  2. Plants like melons, cucumbers, and squash are actually vines, which get tangled together and are easily damaged before they can be sold.
  3. It’s cheaper for you and just as reliable to plant them as seeds directly into the ground. The seeds come with instructions. It’s easy!
  4. You’ll have access to more varieties, including plants like beans, peas, ­carrots, radishes, beets, and corn, that don’t transplant well.
  5. You can share and swap extra seeds with your friends.
  6. You might want to keep some seeds to plant a late ­summer crop (especially great for lettuce, carrots, radishes beans, and peas).

We do sell some cold-sensitive plants (marked in the catalog and the website with a symbol that looks like a thermometer), especially tomatoes and peppers, since they need more of a head start in our short growing season. But keep them indoors or in a cold frame for a few weeks after the sale.

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