Seeds are a very cheap and rewarding way to grow your own vegetables and flowering plants. It is helpful to use proper seed- raising mix as apposed to soil from the garden. Specific seed mixes have less fertiliser in it than potting mix (fertiliser can burn young plants). These mixes are sterile, so you know when you see shoots that it is your seeds germinating and not weeds from your garden soil.
All that to get started is:
Seed raising mix
Tray or recycled Tomato container from the supermarket
10 Easy and quick tips for seeding sowing success.
Fill your punnet or container with seed raising mix; gently tap it down so it is nice and firm – but not compacted.
Moisten your tray with water prior to sowing and leave to drain if it has become saturated.
Sprinkle your seeds over the top evenly and no too thick – remember most of the seed will germinate.
Most seeds need to have a covering of mix to help them germinate. Gently sift seed sowing mix over the tops of the seeds to a depth of twice the seed diameter. A kitchen sieve is ideal for this purpose.
Water the seed tray after sowing.
Place the seed tray in a sunny position where you will remember to water seedlings.
Harden off seedlings once they have germinated by leaving them outside or opening the glass house doors to help them adjust to the transplanting stage.
Transplant or prick out seedlings when they have 3 to 4 leaves into the garden or pots.
Lay slug and snail bait around your new seedlings to avoid the slugs getting to your plants before you can enjoy them.
Share any extra seedlings with friends and family.