A few years ago, our resident green thumb/landscape architect (Stephanie) did a presentation at one of our mom's group meetings about gardening. She told us it was wise to plant seeds in March/April versus buying the plant at the store. It is more work but you save money and the kids get to participate in a fun science experiment. They love looking at our seeds everyday to see if they have grown. They also love watering the seeds. We just bought a simple kit from Lowes but I think Steph said you could make your own with egg cartons. Hopefully, we will have better luck with our garden this year.