What is Direct Seeding or Direct Sowing? Julie Thompson-Adolf is a Master Gardener and author with over 30 years of experience in year-round natural gardening; seed beginning, growing heirlooms, and sustainable farming. Direct seeding or direct sowing just means that you begin planting seeds within the backyard, fairly than buying small plants or beginning seeds indoors earlier and transplanting them outdoors. Many seeds of each flowers and vegetables may be began outdoors, at the start of the rising season. Starting seeds indoors may offer you a head begin, however some plants don’t like being transplanted and can develop higher in the event you seed them within the mattress where they are going to be grown with out disturbance. That is very true of plants which have long tap roots, reminiscent of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Oriental poppies, (Papaver orientale), dill, and parsley. Often you will not lose any time if you direct sow instead of beginning seeds early indoors. Plants which are seeded and grown in place won’t experience the stress of transplanting and won’t want time to adjust to their new growing situations and you won’t even must harden them off.