Everything in our garden is slowly starting to bloom, I love this time of year! Our perennial plants are appearing again from the bare ground and the grass is growing thick and fast!
The strawberry plants are starting to bloom and fresh strawberries in June is one of the best treats from the garden!
Bam Bam, Nugget and I have been busy planting some seeds in the greenhouse.
As it’s now April, we are a little behind with some of our seeds. I can’t always be totally organised with two little ones (in fact, I mostly never am!). But today we have planted some salad crops, different types of lettuce and a tray of runner beans.
The great thing about salad crops, is that you will get results quite quickly. Some types can be ready in around 3 weeks from planting and can be planted in the smallest of spaces, even in a pot on the windowsill!
Here are some tips from This Little Home’s garden for your own seed planting:
* Use appropriate compost specifically designed for seeds, multi purpose compost tends to have a rougher texture and too many nutrients which can affect your germination success.
* Do not overcrowd your seeds, ensure they have room to grow, otherwise you will end up with weak plants and wasted seeds.
* If you are planting very small seeds, mix them with some sand before you sow. That way it makes them easier to handle and it’s easier for you to see where some have already been sown.
* Make sure you have good circulation of air, this will help to prevent fungal growth on the soil which can kill your little plants.
* Keep your seeds warm! If the temperature will drop significantly overnight, consider bringing your seeds indoors or investing in a greenhouse heater.
* Water your seed trays from the bottom, stand your seed tray in a large tray and pour the water into the base. The compost will soak up the water and you don’t run the risk of washing your seeds away which can happen easily with small seeds.
* Don’t forget to label your seed tray so you know what should be growing and where!
Do you have any tips for seed sowing? I would love you to share them with me!