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Old 02-02-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Greensboro to Belgium to Michigan to Charlotte
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Last year, I tested the gardening waters with a few plants grown from seeds in planters on the deck. I was so pleased (nay, shocked) that I actually grew food for our family (tomatoes, green peppers, squash). This year, I've decided to go bigger, and build a raised bed in the yard.

I'm leaning toward buying seedlings this year, in hopes of getting stronger, more productive plants. Besides Lowes or Home Depot, where do you guys buy your vegetable plants (I'm in Stallings)? And, am I wasting good money starting with seedlings or should I just do the seed thing again?

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:19 AM
 
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Give Pikes in Ballantyne a try. Very helpful with good selection
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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This thread was started the other day, to run to the end of the growing season, next fall. We had a similar thread last year & there is a link to it in the initial post. I believe that people had listed nurseries in it. Landscaping & gardening tips for newcomers to the Charlotte area However, I know that there have been threads where people listed nurseries & sometimes specific plants available at them.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Give Pikes in Ballantyne a try. Very helpful with good selection
they are helpful, but every single plant I have purchased there has died. We go to Youngs nursery down 521 just past where 160 runs into it. It's kind of far from Stallings, but if you can't find a nursery closer it's worth the trip.

When you grew your plants from seed, did you start them indoors 6 weeks or so prior to planting them outside? If you properly start your plants from seed, there's really no need to buy seedlings unless you want to plant later in the season and do less work. There's nothing wrong with that, I'm just curious about your procedure.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: charlotte, NC
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You can get strong healthy plants even if you start with seeds. All that matters to plants/ or seeds, are good growing conditions, sufficient water and sunlight.

I also keep an eye on clearance plants in lowes and Home depot. I usually visit these stores during bad weather periods, as thats when they want to get rid of some plants before they end up dying. Just the other day, I picked up 2 potted palms for just a dollar each. I have also bought many rose plants for $2 each during periods of heavy rainfall. These are not vegetabke plants, but still, they are beautiful additions to any garden.
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