Adventures in seed-saving
Compare that to nursery pack prices, which while not prohibitive, are definitely more expensive. Plus, by growing from seed, I expand (wildly, in fact) the variety of flowers and vegetables in my garden. “Nebraska Wedding,” “Garden Peach,” and “Black from Tula” are just some of the tomatoes readily available by seed, but almost never at nurseries.
Growing from seed takes patience and a little fortitude. You also have to brace for disappointing setbacks (dampening off), unexpected surprises (the dog ate the seedlings), and predictable problems (forgot to water them for a week).