Honestly, is one better than the other? Both are good. You can successfully start a garden from transplants or direct seeding. The answer greatly depends on where you live in the state and what you’re planting. In the upper part of South Carolina, near the mountains, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower will mature better when started in containers according to Sow True Seed. In the sandhills, piedmont, and lowcounty, these crops can be transplanted or direct seeded. Transplanting provides the benefits of optimal spacing and gives seedlings a head start while summer veggies may still be occupying the garden.
Onions perform best when started from transplants called sets. Start them in flats 6 - 8 weeks prior to setting them out in the garden.
Arugalu, beets, carrots, dill, kohlrabi, peas, radish, rutabaga, and turnips should all be seeded directly into the garden. Don’t forget to thin seedlings about 2-4 weeks after they come up, as crowded seedlings often fail to mature.
Asian greens, chard, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, and spinach do well as either transplants or direct seed.
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