Planting your own seeds is really simple if you know where to start. Follow my tips and you’ll be growing your own plants in no time!
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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!
Things you might need for growing seeds
- Seed Compost
- Seed Trays
- Vermiculite – This is a great way to improve moisture retention and aeration within the soil. You can use a 50/50 mix.
- Seeds – These can be any type you want to try. Be sure to following the guides for sowing times on the packets and be aware that older seeds will not be a reliable with germination.
Tips for growing your own plants from seed
- 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.
- For better aeration and moisture retention, consider adding vermiculite to the soil in a 50/50 ratio.
- 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 that your seeds 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.
- Older seeds are not as reliable with germination so last years seeds might not always turn into plants.
- 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 in the comments!