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Grow Smarter

Grow Smarter

Don’t get us wrong... We love a starter plant. 

But they aren’t always the best or most cost-efficient choice when starting your growing season. In fact, although they may seem inexpensive, some big-box stores are charging a crazy price for plants that you can just as easily, and much more cost-effectively, start from seed. Let’s talk about it!

Starter Plant


Some crops grow better when they are sown indoors while others grow better when they’re transplanted directly into your garden. Not sure when to start with
transplants vs seeds? 
We’ve got you.

Read our blog article, "Transplant vs. Direct Sow: How To Know Which Planting Method To Use" >

Plant in Pot

If you’re planning your garden late in the season, shop transplanted crops (like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant) from your local nursery, and buy seeds for crops you can sow directly into the ground (like beans, cucumbers, herbs, greens, and squash).

Shop Seeds for Direct Sowing >

Pro tip: 

When shopping for starter plants, start with your local nursery. Local nurseries are knowledgeable about the products they carry and how to care for them, resulting in healthier starter plants and for a more successful growing season.

Grow Smarter

Worried about your seeds not sprouting? 

Check out these best practices for achieving optimal germination rates.

Read our blog article, "12 Reasons Why My Seeds Aren't Germinating" >

Potted Plant

Not sure how to properly care for your seedlings so they grow into strong and healthy plants?

Check out this guide and your green thumb won’t be far behind.

Read our blog article, "How To Care for Seedlings" >


Sep 27, 2022

Last year my germination rate was awful. I bought seeds from numerous sources and thought I had done something wrong. I later heard a podcast from Joe Gardener that explained my problem. Seed starting soil that contains coir could have salt in it, from untrustworthy sources in foreign countries (India ). Sodium can prevent/stunt germination. When I read comments about poor germination, this could be the answer. I will go back to pure peat mixed with perlite or vermiculite like I used to use.

Kathy S.
Aug 23, 2022

I miss your stores!!!!!! Are you ever planning on opening a garden center again?

Jun 07, 2022

InjoyEd That very much.

Elaine Glover
May 04, 2022

Hi Joel,
Sorry we do not have Candy onion sets, but we do have other onion sets available here:

We also do have Candy onion seeds available:

Harris Seeds
May 04, 2022

Do you have candy. Onion sets.

Joel Cole
Jul 29, 2022

Hello- we are a family owned nursery who grows all our plants from seeds…Harris seeds. We would love to partner with Harris and become an affiliate if the opportunity is available

Gabriella Miller

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