Monthly Archives: October 2008

THINNING SEEDLINGS

Seeds are often sown slightly thicker than required to allow for losses. At some stage, these seedlings will need to be thinned out.Remove sections of unwanted seedlings with a hoe to leave small, manageable groups. Then thin out the groups … Continue reading

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WHAT YOU NEED FOR SOWING OUTDOORS

WHAT YOU NEED FOR SOWING OUTDOORS■ fine-quality soil without pebbles or stones■ sunny site without the shade of trees or large shrubs■ plentiful water supply close at hand■ supply of labels or markersmake sure that a finely tilled soil is … Continue reading

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Hardening off

Normally, the seedlings are placed in a cold frame outdoors, in which the ventilation is progressively increased over 10 days or so until the seedlings are fully acclimatized. If you do not have a cold frame, put the seedlings outdoors … Continue reading

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How to sow

Having assembled the necessary pots, compost, and equipment, you need to establish a good light area in which to grow the seeds. The average temperature should be around 59°F and should not drop too far below this at night. Ideally, … Continue reading

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Storing seeds

Seeds are most likely to germinate if relatively fresh, so do not keep packets of seeds for more than a year, and make sure that they are stored in a cool, dry place.PREPARING CONTAINERSSuccessful sowing indoors requires careful preparation.Taking time … Continue reading

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Sowing seeds

Most of the plants that are grown from seeds are annuals (plants that grow from seed to flower in one growing season) or biennials (plants that do so over two growing seasons). Another group is plants that are frost-tender, but … Continue reading

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Propagation equipment

Propagation equipmentIf you plan to propagate your own plants, you will need to know the appropriate conditions in which to raise them. The ideal place is a greenhouse, provided it has some form of heating in winter, and shading and … Continue reading

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