Seed Sowing


In early spring, gardeners begin to prepare for the coming season, and much of this preparation is sowing the seeds. Sowing and planting seeds by germinating in strong and healthy plants is without doubt one of the most useful tasks in the garden. I never get bored seeing nature open its magic. Wherever you sow seeds, whether on a kitchen ledge, in a greenhouse or in a garden shed, follow a few basic rules to increase your chances of success. The most important thing is cleanliness, good spring cleaning before sowing. All chinaware and trays must be cleaned with a biodegradable cleaning agent. Installation, worktops and greenhouse interiors can also be done at the same time.

Now you have to decide which factory environment to use. There are various kinds of seed compost on the market, but generally any environment that is not too heavy, a reservoir of water, or high nutritional value is sufficient. I personally use coconut and vermiculite. Coconut is a by-product of coconut, which makes it a renewable organic resource.

The only downside that needs to be overcome is the miles of flights needed to travel to this country, although storage and transportation are easier because they are available in dehydrated blocks that are slightly larger than bricks. When you are ready, put your brick with chicken in the tub, pour the amount of water needed, and in ten minutes you will have 10 liters of hydrated coconut. I mix vermiculite in it to retain moisture.

Seeds have enough resources to germinate and grow to the dicotyledonous stage. Heat and humidity are the key to unlocking this resource. Some seeds also need light (eg Primroses). All seeds have different germination temperatures, most germinate between 15 ° C and 20 ° C. Seeds must be moist, but not too moist, because this can cause damping, a condition in which soil and water form fungi. from the seedling stem and let it die. Some seeds require special care (eg fraud or stratification) when sowing, but generally I fill my bowl with coconut mixture, coat my seeds with coconut seeds, carefully cover it with a thin layer of vermiculite and water, each seed in its pot. exactly the same.

Larger seeds such as broad beans or sunflower are pressed lightly under the surface of the roast before being covered with vermiculite. Whether you sow seeds in a bowl, pot or cork, it is a personal choice. You need to think about the space you have because I always think I never have enough. Weather is also important. What floor do you have? How much was the warm up at the beginning of the year? My new garden is still under construction and I have heavy clay that is slowly heating up. So I sowed my seeds a little later. This prevents the plant from overflowing into hardening in a cold frame while I wait for the planting conditions on the right.

After the seeds appear and cross the stage with two leaves, it is time to prepare them. Once again, we must choose a developing environment. There are many types of compost ready, but I personally use a mixture of three parts organic compost, one part coconut and one part worm.


Bio compost tends to dry quickly, so I add a stream of worms. This not only helps maintain moisture, but is also rich in nutrients. These worms can be bought or you can invest in a worm container and produce your own. This is a fantastic way to turn compost kitchen waste into nutritious soil conditioners. Insert this new media into your pot and prepare it by dipping a hole to get your seedlings.

To lift your seedlings, use a thin, pointed object (eg pencil), slide the seedlings down and irritate while holding the leaves. Always hold the seedlings near the leaves, if broken, it will only damage the seedlings where – as if holding the seedling stem and broken – the seedlings die. After the seeds are planted in his new home, they must be carefully watered. As your sprouts grow, rub your hands from time to time.

It simulates wind and stimulates root growth. The native environment where you germinate your seeds can be placed in the garden. Every year I have a different area where I do this because seeds that have not germinated now are often done. That happened to me with asparagus last year.

Sowing seeds outside the home is very dependent on the soil and the local microclimate. If you have light land and live in southern England, you can of course sow earlier than people with heavy land or people who live farther north. For spring sowing, the temperature must regularly exceed 5 ° C. At this temperature, the grass begins to grow and of course weeds emerge. Work your soil on a good slope and sow your seeds as shown in the package. But be careful of the weather; We often have a pleasant warm time in March, only to be cold again in early April.

It is always good to experiment with new ideas, a mixture of land and the environment. Last year I planted carrots in cork, sowing them long, strange and boring, but in the end the results were worth it. The carrots that I planted directly into the ground performed poorly, while the spark plug went very well. I managed to avoid the main period of carrot activity by planting it later, and of course there was no need to dilute it. I am currently trying mulch leaves two to three years old in compost for seeds and pots. I hope that means I can reduce the amount of chicken that I use.

Don’t be afraid to mix colors, vegetables with flowers or other leaf structures. Create your own garden. It is important that you enjoy your garden, both large and small. Planting it from seed while helping nature without trying to control it, for me, is the true essence of what is meant by the garden. After your plants grow, we can try to save seeds and sow varieties that are endangered due to commercialization, but as they say, that’s another story.


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