Video: Direct Sow Seeding

Sowing vegetable and plant seeds directly in garden soil is the most economical way to create a vibrant flower display or a productive vegetable garden.
 

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Direct Sow Seeding

 

Learn More: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/ResearchCentre/GardenCentreGrowYourOwn.jsp

 

Sowing vegetable and plant seeds directly in garden soil is the most economical way to create a vibrant flower display or a productive vegetable garden.

 

There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you have successful germination and a great garden.

 

First make sure your garden plot is carefully prepared.  Dig amendments like compost or fertilizer well into the soil, remove sticks, stones, weeds and dirt lumps and rake the surface smooth.  

 

If the garden would benefit from having seeds in straight rows, like a vegetable garden, use a string between two stakes as a guide for seeding, or plant

 in a recognizable pattern .

 

Every plant has different needs regarding planting depth and spacing or other special requirements so check the seed packet for instructions 

 

Make sure you plant your seeds at the right time of year.  Peas and lettuce thrive in cooler weather but succumb to heat in the middle of summer, while beans need warmth to germinate.  Again, check the seed packet instructions.

 

Large seeds, like beans or beets are easy to sow by hand, but for finer seeds like carrots or lettuce, shaking them gently from the seed packet may work better.

 

Once seeds are planted and covered (if they don’t need light to germinate) keep the soil evenly moist

 

If the soil dries out the seeds may not germinate

 

If the soil is too moist the seeds may succumb to a fungus or blight.

 

Water gently.  A blast of water will uproot the seeds and send them flying.

 

It’s always a good idea to mark where you planted your seeds and what you planted there so you don’t mistake the seeds you carefully planted for weeds

 

Directly planting your own seeds in the garden is a lot of fun and it’s a small thrill to see the seeds germinate and poke their heads through the soil surface.

 

If you have any questions regarding direct sow seeding, ask your local Canadian Tire Garden Centre expert.  And for everything you need for successful gardening,   you’ll always find the best selection…

 

...at Canadian Tire

 

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