When I first started my vege garden last September I had no patience whatsoever for seed planting, I just wanted the instant gratification that buying seedlings/small plants gives. And while I now have a wonderful, thriving summer vege garden, it was a little bit expensive to set up.
So I have finally listened to my sister and my gardening friend Tony and decided to start planting from seed. And guess what? It’s actually really easy and also quite gratifying to see those little stalks emerge from the soil after a few days. Okay, so not all of them sprout but hey, it’s certainly a lot cheaper that buying seedlings. And if you have someone else to share packets of seeds with then it’s even better for the budget! It’s also a fun activity to do with kids as they love to watch the progress and see where their veges come from.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Grab some seeds of your choice. You can pick them up at the supermarket, Bunnings, plant nurseries or great online shops like The Diggers Club.
2. Fill a paper egg carton with seed raising mix (this is available at nurseries or Bunnings).
3. Make a 5mm well with your finger in each egg hole and pop 2 seeds in each. This is in case one of the seeds doesn’t germinate. If two sprout up then you can either remove one or separate them later.
4. Write the plant types on cut-off popsicle sticks to keep track of which seeds are which.
5. Water well and place in a warm, sunny spot, such as the window sill. Be sure to keep the soil moist while they are growing.
6. Let the plants grow to a reasonable height so that they can survive the outdoors on their own (around 8cm should do it), then cut up the egg carton so each plant has it’s own paper ‘pot’. Plant the whole thing – paper and all – in the garden. The paper will biodegrade over time.
And that’s it! The easy peasy way to plant your vege seeds.
Let me know if you give it a go.