Some seeds, including most vegetables and hardy annuals can be sown directly into the ground where they are to grow and flower. Others can be sown in a ‘nursery bed’ in spring and replanted into their flowering positions later on, for example Wallflowers and Brassica plants.
- Prepare the ground well by digging it over and incorporating some fish, blood and bone or another fast acting fertiliser. Lightly dust the area with the fertiliser and gently rake it in, just before sowing.
- Sow the seed in rows rather than scattering it. This way it will be easier to tell the seedlings from weeds once they have germinated. Sow a few short rows together to make a ‘drift’.
- Make the seed ‘drills’ by taking out lines with a trowel or edge of a hoe.
- Water the base of the drills before sowing if the weather is dry.
- Sow the seed thinly to the depth indicated on the packet and cover over.
- Water the area well and mark with silver sand and a plant label with the name and date if you are sowing in drifts. Mark straight rows at either end with plant labels.