Spring Gardening Tips: Sow Seeds in the Garden

You may think that you don’t have enough space in your garden to devote an entire bed to vegetables but you can always grow them between other plants in an attractive border formation. As always when planting, ensure that you read the seed packet instructions carefully for individual seed requirements - large seeds are the most suitable to use for sowing outdoors (examples include beans, peas, marigolds and sweet peas).

Prepare the soil thoroughly, adding fertiliser, organic matter and seed raising mix before sowing. Regularly feed and water your seeds and use a copper-based fungicide to prevent damping-off disease. Rotating your crops frequently will also help to boost growth and discourage pests and disease.

1. Prepare your soil correctly for planting. Use manure or compost as well as plant food and dig the soil well so the texture is fine and crumbly. You may need to add seed raising mix to the sowing area if the soil is very heavy and wet.
2. Mark out shallow rows. To do this, you can use two canes with string between them to make a straight line. Draw a cane along the string to mark out a row.
3. Plant the seeds. Scatter some seeds along the row and cover with soil/seed raising mix. Use the back of a rake to gently push down the soil.
4. Water well. Spray a fine mist of water.

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