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Sowing seeds

Sowing seeds

07 Mar 2016 Rama Mishra

When you have got your seeds, the next step is to sow them. But question in your mind arises- how, when and where to sow the seeds? This will depend on following things:

  • the type of seeds,
  • quantity of seeds,
  • how many plants you want to end up with, and
  • growing conditions/weather

Rules for Successful Seed Sowing:

  1. Use fresh compost
  2. Use clean pots and clean seed trays
  3. Label the seeds with its name for identification
  4. Avoid seeds from drying
  5. Don't keep seeds wet
  6. Keep seeds away from pests and stray animals
  7. Proper watering and avoid over watering

Methods of sowing seeds:

  1. Sowing in seed trays: Seeds can be sown in seed trays. Fill the tray with soil media such as cocopeat and compost and sow the seeds half inches inside.
  2. Sowing in pots: Seeds can be sown directly in pots of different sizes as per requirement.
  3. The Trough/Drill method: In in this method, a drill is formed in the soil which is a straight row of plants. Once a plant bed is prepared, a straight, shallow trench is created. This is the most common way of growing vegetables in the garden. Gently push a thin layer of soil over the seeds to close up the trench after digging the trough and sowing the seeds.
  4. Broadcasting: This method is more commonly used with cool-season vegetables such as roots or greens. Seeds are simply scattered evenly over a prepared garden bed. These are scattered 2 to 3 times as many as plants desired. When the seeds germinate, the seedlings are separated by proper spacing.
  5. The Hill method: In this method piling of the soil into a mound ensures that it will heat up quickly, which can be beneficial for seeds that need very warm soil for germination.

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