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Seeds in Oxfordshire

Growing plants from seeds is so rewarding. You settle them nicely in trays in some good soil and after a few days, see the fruits of your efforts when those tiny leaves start showing. If you like the idea of starting to grow seeds, then visit The Garden Centre Guide, where you will find not only all the garden centres close to where you live, but also the enormous variety of seeds each of these centres offer for you to choose from.

Although many seeds are grown indoors, there are many annuals, biennials, herbaceous plants as well as vegetables that can be grown very successfully in your garden. Sowing seeds outdoors where they will be growing permanently is perfect for those gardeners who do not have enough inside space for propagators or trays. Following is a short guide on how to grow seeds outdoors in Oxfordshire.

What you need to start sowing seeds in Oxfordshire

The essentials for growing seeds in your garden, is to prepare a good bed that is weed-free, with a surface texture of crumbly soil. These beds will be suitable for growing vegetables like carrots, beans, peas and onions, and flowers such as foxglove, sunflowers, Californian poppies, nasturtiums, and many others.

When to sow your seeds

Planting time varies with different plant types, so make sure to check the sowing instructions on the seed packet as to when is the best time to sow those specific seeds.

How to sow seeds

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to grow your own seeds. Many plants scatter their seeds and they start growing where they fall, as long as they have warmth and moisture. However, the following tips will make sure that your seed-sowing venture is a great success!

• Dig beds over before sowing, to allow the soil to settle. You can double-dig new beds if you want to, but it’s usually enough to simply turn the soil over to the depth of a spade
• Cover the bed with a double layer of fleece or some plastic to keep weeds at bay and to help warm up the soil in early spring
• Uncover the bed when you’re ready to sow. Rake the surface of the soil to create a crumbly texture, and remove any debris and weeds
• Place a stake or cane across the soil of the bed and push it down lightly to create a shallow depression, the depth of which should be as per the instructions on the seed packet. The spacing of these depressions will also be indicated on the seed packet. You can also use a small hoe or the corner of a rake to make these depressions
• Water the row before sowing, rather than over the top of the seeds once they’re sown
• Scatter the seeds thinly at the bottom of the depression, taking care to not scatter too many at once, since they will need to be thinned out later on, to the spacing as per instructions on the seed packet.
• Using a rake, gently cover the seeds and refill the depression
• Stick the seed packet into the soil at the end of the row as an indication of what was sown in that row
• Cover the area using a single layer of fleece. To prevent it from blowing away in the wind, push the edges of the fleece into the soil
• Water the area during dry weather

Now that you know what, when and how to grow seeds outdoors, all you need to do to is visit The Garden Centre Guide, do a quick search for the garden centres in Oxfordshire, browse through the huge variety of seeds they have to offer, and start shopping for the those you want to grow in your garden.

A40 Nursery and Garden Centre

67 Old Witney Road Eynsham
Witney, OX29 4PU

Abingdon Garden Plants

Lodge Hill
Abingdon, OX14 2JD

Applegarth Nurseries

Banbury Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 5SY

B&Q Abingdon

11, Nuffield Way
Abingdon, OX14 1RL

B&Q Banbury

Marley Way Industrial Estate
Banbury, OX16 2RL

B&Q Witney

Thorney Leys Park Ducklington
Witney, OX28 4GF

Bampton Garden Plants

Buckland Road
Bampton, OX18 2AA

Barn Farm

Wardington
Banbury, OX17 1SN

Bicester Avenue Garden Centre

Bicester Avenue, Oxford Road
Bicester, OX25 2NY

Burford Garden Company

Shilton Road
Burford, OX18 4PA

Cassington Nurseries

Yarnton Road
Witney, OX29 4DY

Charlton Park Garden Centre

Charlton Road
Wantage, OX12 8EP

Chilton, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Newbury Road Chilton
Didcot, OX11 0QN

Chinnor Garden Centre

Thame Road
Chinnor, OX39 4QS

Eldridge Growers

Oak Cottage, Ardley Road
Bicester, OX25 4AD

Farnborough Garden Centre

The Bungalow
Banbury, OX17 1EL

Fieldfare Nurseries

Field Fair
Witney, OX29 8AA

Freeland Gardens

Freeland Gardens Cottage, Wroslyn Road
Witney, OX29 8AQ

Hillier Garden Centre Banbury

Compton Road
Banbury, OX16 2PR

Hilltop Garden Centre & Nursery

Witney Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 3AS

Homebase Abingdon

Marcham Road
Abingdon, OX14 1BY

Homebase Banbury

Southam Road
Banbury, OX16 2AD

Homebase Bicester

Launton Rd Retail Park, Launton Rd
Bicester, OX26 4JQ

Homebase Oxford Botley Road

Unit 1 Seacourt Towers
Oxford, OX2 0JJ

Homebase Oxford Cowley

Horsepath Driftway
Oxford, OX3 7JN

Lashlake Nurseries

Chinnor Road
Thame, OX9 3QZ

M J Gee

Garden Cottage, Pyrton
Watlington, OX49 5AN

Marcham Plants

Hyde Farm Nurseries, Abingdon Road
Abingdon, OX13 6NX

Mill View Plant Centre

Ladder Hill
Oxford, OX33 1HY

Millets Farm Garden Centre - Frosts

Kingston Road Frilford
Abingdon, OX13 5HB

Newington Nurseries

Newington
Wallingford, OX10 7AW

Nicholson Nurseries

The Park, North Aston
Bicester, OX25 6HL

North Leigh Garden Centre

101 Park Road
Witney, OX29 6SB

Notcutts Garden Centre-Oxford

Mattocks Nurseries Nuneham Courtenay
Oxford, OX44 9PY

Oxford Garden Centre

Southern By Pass
South Hinksey, OX1 5AR

Pivotal Contracts

The Old Dairy, Prescott Manor, Cropredy
Banbury, OX17 1PF

Purely Plants

142A Wantage Road
Wallingford, OX10 0LU

Root One

High Road
Wallingford, OX10 0PT

Susie Bond

142A Wantage Road
Wallingford, OX10 0LU

Toad Hall Garden Centre

Marlow Road
Henley on Thames, RG9 3AG

Waterperry Gardens

Wheatley
Oxford, OX33 1JZ

Wickes Banbury

SOUTHAM ROAD
BANBURY, OX16 2RR

Wickes Bicester

LAUNTON ROAD
BICESTER, OX26 6PZ

Wickes Oxford

Botley Road
Oxford, Ox2 0Ha

Wilkinson Banbury

20/23 Bridge Street
Banbury, OX16 5PN

Wilkinson Bicester

3 Market Square, Bicester
Bicester, OX26 6AA

Wilkinson Cowley

Unit B, 1-2 The Square, Templars Square Shopping Centre
Cowley, OX4 3UZ

Wilkinson Didcot

Market Place
Didcot, OX11 7LE

Wyatt

Cottage Farm, Church Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 6LF

Wyatts

Hill Barn Farm
Chipping Norton, OX7 5SH

Yarnton Home & Garden

Sandy Lane
Kidlington, OX5 1PA