Hello again my fellow green-thumbed gardeners! In my last post I took a look at how to choose your plants and today it’s time to discuss the next stage – what to do now that you’ve purchased your seeds and plotted out what you’ll plant.
Assuming that you have chosen a spot in your garden with nice soil and nourished it with compost (I keep a compost heap in my back garden, using it for my plants is a wonderful way to avoid wasting food), it’s time to get stuck in!
Most seeds are not that resilient so generally you should plant them when there is no fear of frost. This means that depending on the plant or flower, the middle or spring or autumn are the best times to begin.
Easy to grow plants
Taking my garden for example, one of the things I have planted is lettuce. Lettuce is particularly easy to grow right from the seed and so I thought it would be a great choice for a beginner gardener like me.
Back in May last year I planted the seeds half-an-inch deep and made sure they were covered with soil and thoroughly watered.
More fragile plants like tomatoes are easier to care for if you purchase a young plant, rather than trying to grow them from a seed. These are called transplants or set plants.
In this case, I simply picked up a young tomato plant and set it directly into the hole I dug for it. This is also a way to see a better yield from your garden, as it ensures your plants have a nice healthy beginning.
If this sounds like a lot of information, don’t worry! All seeds come in a packet that provides detailed instructions for their care and I have definitely referenced them many times.
Until next time, happy digging!