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Seeds in West Sussex
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 West Sussex.
What you need to start sowing seeds in West Sussex
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 West Sussex, browse through the huge variety of seeds they have to offer, and start shopping for the those you want to grow in your garden.