Seed planting is an important activity, as it allows for a constant supply of new plants for the garden for minimal cost. It is much cheaper to plant seeds than to buy seedlings or larger plants, and in many cases means you end up with a really abundant crop.
Seeds are usually sown in one of two ways – direct sown into the ground where they are to grow, or sown into trays or punnets for transplanting into the garden beds at a later date. This activity refers to seeds that need to be planted into seed trays or punnets, for growing in the shadehouse or greenhouse.
Sometimes seeds are infertile. This can happen if they are old or have been stored incorrectly, or if they have been gathered from certain types of plants. (Look up F1 hybrids.) Check the age of your seeds before you go to the effort of planting them and don’t use any that are out of date.
It is always very important to read the seed packet carefully as it will tell you all the information you need to know. Check:
- What the name of the plant is
- What time of year you should be planting
- That your seeds shouldn’t be sown straight into the ground
- Whether the seeds should be covered with soil (do not need light to germinate) or not (do need light to germinate)
- How far apart you should plant the seeds
- How deep you should plant the seeds