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You can plant your garden with seeds or set out partially grown plants. Starting with seeds costs less and often results in more robust plants, since there's no risk of damaging fragile root hairs during transplanting. But you might need to drape row-cover fabric over the bed for a few weeks to keep birds out, and to set cardboard collars around seeds or small transplants to block cutworms, which nip off shoots at the soil line. With larger transplants, you're less likely to see bird or cutworm damage.

Many gardeners use both strategies, starting hot-weather crops, such as tomatoes and peppers, from transplants and planting most other varieties from seeds. Root vegetables, such as carrots, don't transplant well, so they are best started from seed.

Shown: Labels identify which seeds have been planted in which beds.
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