Have you ever heard of container culture? The key is all about finding the right spot. Choose a location that will get around six hours of gorgeous sunlight a day in order for them to thrive.
PLANTING FLOWER SEEDS
FIRSTLY, prep the soil by removing all the existing growth and debris.
Then open a bag of seed raising mix (so important for healthy seedlings) and empty enough for 3.5cm of cover. This special blend contains the right mix of ingredients to ensure that your little seedlings get off to a good start. Then rake it smooth and flat.
SECONDLY, split your seeds into 2 equal parts (in clean containers) and mix each half with 8 parts of dry sand. This helps you get an even spread and you’ll be able to see where you’ve scattered them. Shake out the mixed seeds and sand from your containers generously over the soil you have prepared.
Flower seeds are quite small so scatter a little bit more than needed and then thin them out as sprouts later leaving only the strongest.
If you are planting in a garden bed walk over the seed to press them firmly into the seed raising mix, otherwise use the bottom of a rake or your palms and pack them down.
THIRDLY, after you have scattered your seeds your job is to keep them moist (but not drenched) until your seeds become sprouts that are 15cms high.
For seeds to germinate rapidly they need to be kept warm and moist (so don’t be planting any outdoors until after the last winter frost). Keep an eye on the soil and make sure it doesn’t dry out.
Use a watering can with fine holes which will help stop any seeds from being washed away and water 2-3 times a week (more if you live in an arid desert, less if you live in the cold mountain tops).
Then watch them grow with smug satisfaction.
You can expect to see some sprouts 2-3 weeks after planting and your blooms within 6-12 weeks.
PLANTING GARDEN GREENS & HERB SEEDS
THE DIFFERENCE, in the second step, after you have split your seeds into 2 equal parts (in clean containers) and mix each half with 8 parts of dry sand.
Shake out the mixed seeds and sand from your containers generously over the soil you have prepared. You can do this in a neatly trenched row or at random, your choice!
The general rule is to sow your seed twice the depth of the seeds size. So in most cases, it’s not very deep.
For smaller seeds sprinkle them thinly and this will ensure your seedlings are not overcrowded and save on wastage thinning more out later (your seed packet will tell you how far apart to space them when they are little sprouts). If it is a larger seed, around the size of your thumb nail it can be spaced correctly at the time of sowing and you won’t need to thin any out later.
Once your seeds are all scattered then cover them with more seed raising mix.
Sit back, relax, and watch your efforts burst to life.
Your seed packet will contain more general information such as when to plant, when they bloom, space and sunlight requirements. If you need any extra assistance, please pop us or Settler Hives a message, check out our books on gardening, or give good ol’ google a try; there’s a wealth of gardening information freely available that will cater to your specific climate and gardening needs ☀
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