If I only need a 2 or three of something I buy transplants. I like to start tomatoes and peppers in late January and do step up potting as the plants grow bigger. This gives a big head start because Texas heat is unpredictable and having larger plants out as sum as possible is a big plus. I can also nurture and fertilize them and get healthier plants than I can buy.Share your gardening style... do you prefer to start with seeds or seedlings.
Hello DarrenSeeds are definitely the cheaper option, and are the way to go if you are after a particular variety. I like to buy organic, non-GMO seeds; they seem to have a better strike rate than the commercial ones.
Having said that, seedlings are a good way to get a head start in a new season. As an example, I planted two varieties of tomato seedlings, as well as some seeds. This should prolong my harvest.