How to Sow Seeds for Absolute Beginners
You will need;
Container eg seed tray, flower pot
Compost (this can be peat free)
A flat piece of wood or similar smaller than your container
Plastic to cover the container
1. Choose your seeds
When you are choosing seeds check the back of the packet to see what conditions the seeds need to germinate. Make sure you have chosen seeds that are suitable to be started in pots as some like to be grown directly in the soil. Generally the bigger the seed then the easier it is to germinate. The Echinacea (Coneflowers) seeds I have chosen will not flower until next year but I'm not in a hurry.
2. Pick your container and fill with compost.
I used a seed tray but anything that would hold compost and drain water is good. Flower pots, old butter/spread containers (punch few holes in the base). Fill with compost.
|Bear prefers the watering can rose than the trowel to fill the tray|
3. Water the compost well
|This is the best bit!|
4. Gently tap the compost so it is firm and flat
5. Draw shallow lines (drills) in the compost.
6. Place the seeds in the drills.
|Bear carefully places the seeds in the drills...I just do a little adjusting when his back is turned|
7. Cover with a thin layer of compost.
|Bear was not happy to just sprinkle some on top. It had to go in the flowerpot first.|
8. Label the tray clearly.
9. Do not eat the compost no matter how delicious it looks.
Remember! Seeds can have chemicals on them to help them germinate. Always wash hands after handling them. Bear tasted the compost before we opened any seeds.
|No children were harmed during the photo shoot|
10. Cover the seed tray.
Now all you have to do is wait. Our seeds take 14 to 28 days to germinate. As soon as they are big enough we will transplant them.
Are you growing plants from seeds this year? What have you chosen?