I've already mentioned a few times that I will be buying fewer plants this year. In fact my goal is to buy none but that's just not possible, so I adjusted my goal to "less" plants.

The same is going for plants that I grow from seed. There were years when I would have dozens upon dozens of seedlings growing under lights indoors, waiting for the weather to stay warm so they could be moved into the garden. Not this year though.


Less seedlings means that I've got about 10 pots going this year, of only two different plants.

Hyacinth bean (Lablab purpurea), which I did not grow last year and missed seeing around...

...and cardinal climber (Ipomoea sloteri) which I grew on the deck stair railing to great effect the last few years:

Last year I had to pay more than I wanted for a larger pot of cardinal climber, as I waited way too long to grow from seed and could not find the cheap smaller plants -- they were all sold out.

"Less" is the word of 2016 for me in the garden, and I'm determined to stick to it!

Note that I've been working on my veggie garden fence, and will be buying some edibles later or planting more seeds out in the soil. I also think I'll be starting some basil seeds in the next few days and just remembered that I really wanted to grow beets again, so maybe my "less" is becoming "slightly less"...


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Renee  – (April 12, 2016 at 8:27 AM)  

Im always impressed by people who can grow things from seed well. I really should be growing some hyacinth bean... They are so beautiful!

outlawgardener  – (April 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM)  

Like you, I want to do a lot less plant buying this year and to get some potted things in the ground! Maybe staying away from nurseries and plant sales would be a good thing because foliage and flowers can be so very seductive.

Hoover Boo  – (April 12, 2016 at 3:58 PM)  

"less" is okay. just as long as it isn't "none"!

Chickadee Gardens  – (April 13, 2016 at 8:54 AM)  

Less...to be at that place seems quite lovely, Alan. Just like Hoover Boo says, though, as long as it's not "none"...!

Alan  – (April 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM)  

Renee: growing from seed is rewarding and frustrating at the same time if you don't have patience!

Peter: Let me know when you stop visiting nurseries and I'll stop growing bamboo. :P

Hoover, Tamara: "none" wouldn't be possible. Plant crazy doesn't just go away AFAIK.

Thanks for the comments!

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