Growing vegetables, flowers, herbs and grass from seed is very easy and economical. Depending on what you are growing, the seed can be directly sown into the ground or it can be started indoors and transplanted to the garden. Grass seed, along with sunflower seed, corn seed, bean seed and carrot seed, are often directly sown into the ground. Usually tomato, pepper and cabbage seeds are started indoors in the spring, about six weeks before the last spring frost date. The seedlings are then transplanted to the garden. Direct Gardening offers a wide selection of seed packets for sale. When selecting seeds to buy, consider factors such as days to maturity, light and soil requirements, height and spread, as well as spacing in the garden.