It seems that most people choose to buy their garden plants down at the local garden center each spring rather than taking time to grow their own vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees, etc. from seed. The upside to this approach is that you invest less of your time in the process. The downside is that you are limiting your choices to the most popular garden varieties put on display by the garden center. A real eye opener for most gardeners, usually on a restless winter day, is when they have paged through the colorful pages of the mail-order seed catalogs, marveled at the thousands of flower and vegetable varieties out there and wondered why their local garden center doesn't offer more variety. If you find yourself dissatisfied with your garden center's plant selections or want to take advantage of the thousands of seed offerings, then you will need to sow a little seed yourself.