What’s Better – Starting Seeds Indoors or Direct Sow?

Posted on Apr 23 2010 - 3:15am by Mike Lieberman

Now that I have my LA balcony garden started, I want to work on starting some seeds.

There are about 12 packets or so that I’d like to get started of lettuces, kale, beets, carrots, tomatoes and some herbs. Since the weather is warm here in LA, I’m wondering whether it will be better to direct sow the seeds into the containers or to still start them indoors?

I have accumulated toilet paper rolls, newspaper, plastic strawberry containers and some other things to use to start seeds indoors.

The past few nights it’s reached down into the 40s, but it’s mostly at least 50 degrees at night and 70s during the day. Which I would think to be warm enough temps to direct sow into the containers.

There is a lot of space for more self-watering containers on the balcony that I’d like to get planted in. For that reason I think that it’d be better to start the seeds indoors, so I can have veggies growing outside while the seeds are doing their thing indoors.

Then I can with succession planting or whatever it’s called when they are ready to be placed outside.

What’s your recommendation? Start the seeds indoors or direct sow into the containers?