[Grammar] If I have more seeds than I need...

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Hui Yin

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I'm almost ready to plan my garden.I have a lot of seed. Maybe I have more than I need.If I have more seeds than I need. I will give some to Jonh.
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Re: If I have more seeds that I need...


I'm almost ready to plan my garden.[space]I have a lot of seeds. Maybe I have more than I need.[space]If I have more seeds than I need, I will give some to John.
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I think you meant to write plant.
 

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Many people plan what they're going to plant before they actually do it, so both are possible.
 

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Many people plan what they're going to plant before they actually do it, so both are possible.

Only plant is likely in the given context. Having acquired seeds means you should already have planned your garden, no?
 

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I agree that it's more likely but it is possible that someone would decide what they want to plant, buy the seeds and then plan exactly where to plant each plant!
 

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I don't think the context necessarily prescribes either one. Mostly it would depend upon your approach to gardening, I suppose.

You also almost never plant all the seeds in one season, so you've usually got lots of leftovers. Then you've got to look at which ones are viable long term, and which ones aren't, and see what new ones if any you need to buy - all parts of planning before planting.

Part of my yearly gardening routine is pulling out my stockpiles of seeds, and planning what varieties to plant based on what I've got the most of.

I've also used a method called square foot gardening, which maximizes output while minimizing space, which requires a lot of planning regarding layout, spacing, companion planting, etc.

I used to whip up sketches for the layouts, and create schedules for planting additional harvests, timetables for starting seedlings and transplanting, switching from cool to warm season crops and then back, etc. It got to the point where I no longer enjoyed the planting for all the planning, so I decided to just go back to winging it.

I realized I'd gone to far when I started my gardening by firing up computer programs, so I no longer plan to that extent,but I still generally start with a rough plan before I plant.

I don't really follow it, but my mother still plants religiously by the lunar cycles. She still calls me to remind me that next Wednesday is the right cycle for root crops, or next Saturday is the next sowing cycle, etc. So she literally plans when to plant.
 

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They could both work, but I would go for plant as a non-gardener.
 

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We could stop guessing if the OP would take the trouble to respond.
 

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'Seed' could also be correct in the original, even though that's a more agricultural usage.
 
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