CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Starting plants from seed is a good skill to have as it allows you to cultivate species of plants that may not be available to us at nurseries. Plus, starting from seed will also save you money!

Once you have this skill under your belt along with how to store seeds, you might find that you will never have to purchase another plant of that variety again.

Plants that are ideal for growing in South Texas include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, cucumber, tomato, pumpkins, cantaloupe, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, kale and watermelon.  It's recommended to start the growing process indoors. Many gardeners tend to by pass this part and opt for a direct sow method. This can be hit and miss and will require you to sow more seeds than you will need as this method is more of a numbers game. 

Give your garden a boost
Gabriel Vega

Growing under grow lights will give the gardener better success in there outdoor garden as well as being able to grow year long in the comfort of their own home. Plus, in the case of erratic weather patterns will serve as safe havens for plants that may need to be kept in till better weather.

Botanico indoor gardening store is offering grow light fixtures at 10% off this weekend. Also be sure to stop by the South-side Farmers Market located in the store's parking lot at 5888 Everhart Rd.