Use our handy seed sowing calendar to plan your seed sowing and harvesting schedule for the new growing season and get ready to enjoy bumper harvests of your favourite veg:
In just a few simple steps you can turn a small pack of seeds or cuttings into beautiful blooms or a delicious harvest of vegetables.
- Plant seeds vary greatly in size, so the vessel into which you sow them needs to vary accordingly.
- Most small seeds are best sown into seed trays, whilst larger seeds, such as melons or peas, are often better sown into small pots or cell trays.
- Once planted, place seed trays and pots into a heated propagator to increase the germination rate.
- With smaller seeds, simply place some in your hand and sprinkle into a seed tray. Place large seeds individually into separate holes a row.
- Not all seeds will germinate, so you should always sow more seeds than you need.
- It is important to always sieve your compost to remove any large, solid lumps that could block seeds from sprouting.
- Seeds should covered with compost to the same depth as the length of your seeds e.g. if seeds are 1cm in diameter, cover with 1 – 1.5cm of sieved compost.
- Make sure you level out the compost, as this will ensure your seed remains in contact with the compost. A seed sowing tamper is the ideal tool for the task.
- Depending on how warm your propagator is, you may need to water the compost before seeds emerge; take care not to over-water or over-heat your seedlings!
1. Seed Sowing Dibber – Our Gardening Angels always use a seed sowing dibber to help sow seeds at the correct depth. This is perfect for ensuring accuracy and improved germination success rates.
2. Gardening Sieve – Perfect for creating the perfect grade of compost by removing coarse materials and covering your seeds with a fine tilth.
3. Seed Sowing Tamper - Flatten down your soil and remove any air pockets; which would otherwise fill with water and rot your seeds.
4. Biodegradable Plant Pots - Once the seeds begin outgrowing the coconut pot, simply replant the whole pot into a larger pot!
5. Plant Labels – Keep your seedlings in order; include the variety, source and sowing date to check how well each variety is growing.