How to grow from seed
So simple to grow from seed
How to grow from seeds
When growing plants from seeds, whether it is flowers or vegetables, you have to be patient :but it is very cheap and rewarding. You can buy seeds or collect seeds from the plants in your own garden. Either way growing from seeds can soon fill your garden or allotment with flowers, vegetables and herbs very ecconomicly. You don't need a greenhouse, or a propagator, though these things are good if you have a lot of seeds that you want to germinate. The simplest way to germinate seeds is with a seed tray, compost and a plastic bag. The words in bold are the little things that make growing from seeds more successful. Though the most important thing is use seed that is not too old.
When the seedlings grow
Step, by step
- Fill a seed tray to the top with compost.
- Firm down The compost and make it level.
- Spray lightly with Tepid water.
- Wait let the water penetrate through the compost
- Sprinkle the seed Thinly on the moist compost
- Cover the seeds lightly with more compost.
- Place in a clear plastic bag and tie
- Place on a sunny window sill.
- As soon as you see green shoots remove the plastic bag.
Then water lightly daily, but never in full sun as you will burn the seedlings.
Old English Marigold
Using the simple rules above I grew a vast amount of flowers and vegetables from seed last year. I must admit even I was surprised at the germination rate I got from just seed trays and plastic bags. To reduce costs even further some of my seed trays were plastic trays that meat is sold in at the supermarket, and my plastic bags were the bags from bread. I had a stunning display of cottage garden flowers, notably poppies, cosmos, sweet peas and cornflowers. I also grew some beautiful orange coloured lupins which were quite unusual.
In the vegetable patch the leeks germination rate was amazing . The runner beans, peas and Mounge toute cropped earlier when started off in doors using the above method. Hopefully this year I will be able to grow two sowings of each, one started earlier indoors and the other later directly into the soil outside.
In the herb wheel i grew lots of Basil from seed which proved very popular among the cooks I know. Also the sage and chives seeds germination rate was greatly improved.
Cosmos, easy to grow from seed
More seeds to grow
An inexpensive way to grow herbs
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