- Dig over your soil to the depth of your spade, removing weeds and debris as you go.
- Improve the soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure.
- Make a furrow about 15 cm deep, sprinkle a little fertiliser into the base, then refill soil to almost the original level. Firm down and water well.
- The ideal sowing depth is about twice the diameter of the seed.
- Sow seed along your furrow at the desired/recommended spacing.
- Cover over your seeds with fine soil or seed raising mix.
- Keep soil moist until seeds start to germinate.
- Thin out newly emerged seedlings at the two-leaf stage to prevent over-crowding, leaving the strongest plants to mature.
- Apply a liquid fertiliser at regular intervals (starting with a half dose on young plants) to encourage strong and vigorous growth.
- Always choose a sunny position for your garden bed.
- Smaller seeds can be grown in Jiffy pots or propagator trays, transferring them to the garden bed when easy to handle.
- Seeds will not germinate unless soil temperature is adequate for that variety.
- Always consult your seed packet for specific growing requirements.
- If you intend on growing your plants from seeds, we recommend you fill your pots with potting mix and add a top layer of seed raising mix. Seed raising mix is finer than regular potting mix which makes it easier for small seeds to germinate and establish.
Jiffy products are perfect for growing just about any plant from seed - just like a professional nursery!
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