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Seeds in Suffolk

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 Suffolk.

What you need to start sowing seeds in Suffolk

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 Suffolk, browse through the huge variety of seeds they have to offer, and start shopping for the those you want to grow in your garden.

Alpine Campanulas

Langham Hall Walled Garden
Langham, IP31 3EE

B&Q Bury St.edmunds

43-45 Risbygate Street
St Edmonds, IP33 3AA

B&Q Haverhill

Cambridge Rd Retail Park, Park Road
Haverhill, CB9 7GS

B&Q Ipswich - Euro

4 The Sandlings, Euro Retail Park, off Ransome
Ipswich, IP3 9SN

B&Q Lowestoft

20 North Quay Retail Park, 7 Peto Way
Lowestoft, NR32 2ED

B&Q Sudbury

Woodhall Business Park, Eastern Bypass
Sudbury, CO10 1WH

Barnby Nursery Centre

Swan Lane, Barnby
Beccles, NR34 7QF

Bourne Garden Centre

578 Wherstead Road
Ipswich, IP2 8LS

Bury St Edmonds Garden Centre

Rougham Road
Bury St Edmonds, IP33 2RN

ByPass Nurseries

London Road
Ipswich, IP9 2JR

Cherry Lane - Loing Melford

High Street
Long Melford, CO10 9DH

Cherry Lane Garden Centre

High Street Long Melford
Sudbury, CO10 9DH

Colebrook Garden Centre

St Annes Drive
Redhill, RH1 1AU

Crown Nursery

High Street
Woodbridge, IP13 6EL

Dairy Farm Nursery

Lower Dairy Farm Cottage
IPSWICH, IP8 4JT

Dobbies Garden Centres Bury St Edmunds

Roughman Road
IP33 2RN, United Kindom

Dogwood Garden Centre

South Street Risby
Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6QU

Early Dawn Nurseries & Garden Centre

Rushmere Road Rushmere
Lowestoft, NR33 8HA

Garnetts Gardens

The Street
Woodbridge, IP13 0DT

George Hill Nursery

Barningham Road
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 2AD

Goldbrook Plants

Goldbrook
Eye, IP21 5AN

Grange Nurseries

Jackson Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4NR

Green Lawns Bonsai

Hadleigh Road
Sudbury, CO10 5JH

Harveys Garden Plants

Great Green
Bury St Edmunds, IP31 3SJ

Hill Cottage Nursery

Four Ashes Corner Walsham le Willows
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 3BT

Holly Gardens Nursery

Flixton Road Blundeston
Lowestoft, NR32 5PJ

Holton Road Garden Centre

36 Holton Road
Halesworth, IP19 8HG

Homebase Bury St. Edmunds

Easlea Rd Moreton Hall Est.
Bury St. Edmunds, IP32 7B

Homebase Felixstowe

Great Eastern Square Station Approach
Felixstowe, IP11 7DY

Homebase Ipswich

Felixstowe Rd, Warren Heath
Ipswich, IP3 8TQ

Homebase Lowestoft

Tower Road
Lowestoft, NR33 7NG

Homebase Newmarket

Oaks Drive
Newmarket, CB8 7SX

Homebase Sudbury

Waldingfield Road
Sudbury, CO10 2YH

Ladybird Nurseries

Gromford Lane
Saxmundham, IP17 1RD

Langleys Aquatics

3 the villas, withersfield road
haverhill, cb9 7rw

Laurel Farm Garden Centre

Henley Road
Ipswich, IP1 6TE

Lound Plant Centre

Jay Lane Lound
Lowestoft, NR32 5LH

Marlows Diy & Garden Centre

Hollow Road
Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AP

Matthews Flowers

18 High Street
Brandon, IP27 9JS

Nareys Garden Centre

Bury Road
Stowmarket, IP14 3QD

Notcutts Garden Centre-Woodbridge

Ipswich Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4AF

P & R Garden Supplies

Fengate Drove
Brandon, IP27 0PW

Paugers Plants

Bury Road, Church Lane, Depden
BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP29 4BU

Perfect Perennials

Earl Stonham
Stowmarket, IP14 5HY

Plant Centre

Station Road, Cotton
Stowmarket, IP14 4NQ

R Dare

73 Wratting Road
Haverhill, CB9 0DA

Roots & Shoots Garden Centre

Stowmarket Road
Ipswich, IP6 8RR

Rougham Hall Nurseries

Ipswich Road
Bury, ST. EDMUNDS, IP30 9LZ

Sandfords Garden Centre

Barton Mills Bury Street Edmunds
Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 6AH

Sansoms Interflora

4 Milton Road East
Lowestoft, NR32 1NT

Shrubland Park Nurseries

Maltings Farm
Ipswich, IP7 6LZ

Stonham Barns Garden Centre

A1120, Pettaugh Road Stonham Aspal
Stowmarket, IP14 6AT

Sturmer Nurseries

Church Walk, Sturmer
Haverhill, CB9 7XD

Sudbury Garden Centre

Newton Road
Chilton, CO10 0PZ

Swann's Nursery

Eyke Road, Bromeswell
Woodbridge, IP12 2PN

Tattingstone Garden Centre

The Heath
Tattingstone, IP9 2LX

The Walled Garden

Park Rd, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Three Willows Garden Centre

Flixton Road
Bungay, NR35 1PD

Victoria Nurseries

1 Kettlebaston Way
Ipswich, IP4 2XX

Walled Garden

Park Road, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Wickes Ipswich

Unit 2, Orwell Retail Park
Ipswich, Ip2 0Aq

Wickes Lowestoft

Peto Way
Lowestoft, Nr32 2Ed

Wilkinson Bury St Edmunds

88-89 Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AQ

Wilkinson Ipswich

28-32 Upper Brook Street
Ipswich, IP4 1EB

Wilkinson Lowestoft

112 London Road North
Lowestoft, NR32 1HA

Wilkinson Mildenhall

32-36 St Andrews Street
Mildenhall, IP28 7HB

Wilkinson Orton Misterton

Ortongate Shopping Centre, Orton Goldhay
Orton Misterton, PE2 5TD

Woodbridge, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Grundisburgh Road
Woodbridge, IP13 6HX

Woottens Nursery

Blackheath Road
Halesworth, IP19 9HD