Sowing: learn how to grow your garden at home

Sowing: learn how to grow your garden at home

You can grow your own plant or vegetable garden at home. Learn some basic tips about sowing.

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump start on the season – even when the temperatures outdoors are freezing. Growing seedlings indoors can be a little tricky, though. Plus, some seed trays take up space that not all homeowners are fortunate to have. However, sowing can be possible!

How do I get the seeds?

The flower becomes a fruit, which contains seeds. The seeds can be collected from the plants themselves or purchased from seedbeds or nurseries.

The flower becomes a fruit, which contains the seeds

When are the seeds collected?

The time of harvest of seeds is when they are dry on the plant. We must be careful that they do not disperse with the wind. The case of anemones is one of the few where they are harvested green.

The time of harvest of seeds is when they are dry on the plant

Are the seeds sown as soon as they are taken out of the plant?

No, you have to store the seeds once they are harvested and wait until it is time to sow them.

What should I do in the meantime?

Sterilize the substrate before sowing

You must clean them and then store them in sealed envelopes, in dry and cool places. It is advisable to write on the envelope the name of the species and the date of harvest. 

Is there any way to know if the seed is alive?

You can put the seeds in water, the ones that go to the bottom are the ones that are alive; if they float, they are dead.

If you buy the seeds, the envelope will specify the sowing method -if it is seedbed or seating- and the month in which it must be sown.

You can use all kinds of containers

Are all seeds sown at the same depth?

It will depend on the size of the seed. In general, the depth will be between 2 and 4 times the diameter of the seed. The soil should be level, without weeds or fungi. You can add compost, and it is advisable to moist the soil before sowing.

How can I sterilize the soil?

There are home methods for sterilizing the substrate. One of them is to put the substrate in a can and put it in the oven for 15 minutes. Another option is to pour boiling water over the soil. Neither of these two methods is for large areas.

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