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Seeds For Springtime

Seeds For Springtime

As spring arrives, a major part of preparation for gardeners in getting ready for the upcoming planting season is seed starting. Without a doubt, one of the most rewarding tasks in gardening is nurturing seeds through germination into strong healthy plants.

No matter where you sow, watching nature work its magic on a kitchen windowsill, in a greenhouse or in your garden shed is a rewarding and inspiring process. If you follow a couple of basic rules when planting, then you will increase your chances of success. Let’s take a look at what those rules are.

Cleaning All Your Pots And Trays Before Sowing

The first rule of thumb when you plant seeds is to practice good hygiene. Good hygiene you ask? It just means that you need to make sure you clean all of your pots and trays before sowing. They should be scrubbed clean with a biodegradable detergent in order to remove any traces of plant disease and prevent their spread into your new plantings.

Another important factor to consider is the growing medium you will use? There are a variety of soils available on the market, but as a general rule, any soil that is not too heavy, one that is water retentive and is high in nutritional value will suffice.

Taking Into Consideration Your Soil And Local Climate

It depends on your soil and your local climate as to when and where you can sow seeds directly into the ground outside. If you have a light soil, then you will be able to sow earlier than people with heavy soil. For early spring sowing the temperature needs to be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis.

At this temperature weeds will also start to emerge, so be prepared to undertake weed control. Work your soil well and sow as directed on the packet. Be aware that weather can change quickly. Many times there will be a warm period in March, only for it to turn cooler again in April.

It’s time to pot the seedlings when they emerge and grow past the two-leaf stage. There are many ready-bagged types of potting compost available, but typically a mix of three parts organic compost, one part coir (the shredded husk of the coconut) and one part worm castings is the best medium to use. This is a great way of turning kitchen waste into nutrient rich, soil composts.

Stimulating Growth In The Pot

Put the mixture into your pots and prepare it by indenting holes for your seedlings. You should gently and sparingly water your seedling once it has been placed into the pot. As your new seedlings grow, brush your hand over them occasionally. This simulates the wind blowing and actually stimulates root growth.

Don’t be afraid of planting flowers with vegetables. In this way, you make your garden your own. Whether it is big or small, the important thing to remember is that you enjoy your garden. Growing vegetables and flowers from seeds is the real beauty and essence of what gardening is all about.

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