Saturday, February 27, 2010

sowing seeds

Moments like these this afternoon when I wish I had a gardening guru to teach me the ways of the wild instead of sifting through reading material from the library. This photo is of just the soil in the little planters. I ended up making a lot more (from newspaper) as I felt I needed them so I could sow less seeds in each planter. I did eventually sow the seeds- not sure if I put too many in each container, whether they were too deep or too shallow (I put the thinner seeds in very shallow seed raising soil, and the larger seeds further apart and a little deeper) or whether they'll even germinate at all.

My biggest question now is whether I should water them or not while I wait for them to germinate... any ideas my faithful green readers??? I have sown peas, beetroot, leeks, onions and lettuce- apparently all ideally sown late summer/early autumn in Melbourne.

The seeds are from Eden Seeds and are all traditional open-pollinated varieties, thanks to Catherine from A Time to Create for telling me about this wonderful company.

Only time will tell whether this little experiment works. Fingers crossed...



Catherine said...

I sowed some corn seeds about 3 weeks ago directly into my veggie patch and they sprouted but I was just experimenting and it worked. I think all you can do is try and see what happens. The one bit of advice I got was so that you get a continuous supply of veggies is to sow seeds in another 4 weeks or so. I hope you seeds sprouts soon.xo

Thank you for mentioning my blog you are very sweet.:)

Mrs B said...

Just spray them lightly with a water spray bottle until they sprout. I've been doing the same thing and my little book of info recommended a light spray until they sprout and only if the soil is dry.

Has worked a treat and all my seeds (Eden seeds too :-) have sprouted really well and seem quite strong. I've also used little newspaper pots to plant directly into the garden to stop transplant shock.

Sonia said...

Along the same lines of Mrs B. Just make sure you never let them dry out - keep them moist. Assume that some won't take so putting a little extra seed is always a good habit to get into.
Maybe sprinkle with a little seed-raising mix, if you are that way inclined?

Good luck.

My Love is..... said...

Mrs B is spot on!! Just keep em nice and moist but not drowning wet as they need the air in the soil to grow and too much water squeezes out the air BOO!!

I think I read somewhere that you plant the side 3 times as deep as the side is long. So tiny seeds such as lettuce get a little sprinkle of dirt over the top and bigger seeds get pushed in and covered.

I am totally hooked on Jamie Olivers carefree approach to gardening and I recently scattered some lettuce seeds in a corner of the garden and threw a handful of dirt over the top and left them to it. We know have the best lettuce's I have ever grown :) YAY.

I have had really great luck with direct sewing the larger seeds such as beans, squash, peas, cuc's pumpkins..... 100% success so far.

Good luck with everything and remember it is all trial and error what works for me may or may not work for you :)

Trust me my garden wasn't as prolific this time last year :)

belinda said...


Seed depth doesn't need to be anywhere near perfect. As long as the seed is covered on all sides by damp dirt you can be pretty sure it will try and germinate.

The thing with small seed is that the seed is using it's reserves to get to the surface so small seed only have smaller amounts of stored energy. Thus closer to the surface but still covered is better.

If you haven't already I would water your pots. The level of damp that the seed raising mix comes out of the packet isn't going to be enough to activate the seeds. The beetroot particularly needs to be damp toward wet, it has a cork like covering and so needs to take up quite a bit of water before it will germinate.

Kind Regards

Tammy James said...

My two cents worth is just to keep an eye on them and if the jiffy pot is drying out give them a little more water. It usually works for me : ) I'm by no means and expert though.

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