In order to plant your seeds, you need to rake some rows into your soil/compost. Make sure they’re well spaced to give your plants room, then sprinkle the seeds into the tiny ditch you’ve created. From here you now want to brush just the tiniest amount of soil over the top of them and keep it nicely loose. Make sure you don’t bury them too deeply which is a common mistake that will prevent them from coming up – remember, in the wild these seeds would just have blown onto the soil or have been left there in animal or bird stool so you need to arrange them in a way that’s similar to what they’d expect in the wild (though don’t worry, you don’t need to go burying them in dung…). From here, pat down the soil lightly, then sprinkle just the smallest amount of mulch onto the top to give it slightly more moister (the mulch retains moister).
For added guidance, if you bought your seeds from a shop, then the packaging should include on it information about how deeply to bury the seed, how much water they need, how much sun they need, how they should be spaced and about how long it takes for them to germinate. If you got the seeds yourself you can find this information online. Follow these instructions and your seeds should grow into strong, healthy plants.
Some plants however will take care of the seeding and planting process themselves. Plants that seed regularly are known as ‘annuals’ and ‘perennials’ and are the cheapest and most widely available types because of their high availability.
In the next lesson, we’ll be looking at how to plant ready grown plants as well as vegetables which will add some variety to your garden and save you money during your Super Market shops.