- You can start your seeds indoors if it’s still a bit chilly for them outdoors. This gives you stronger, more established plants that are ready to be moved outside by the time it starts to get warmer.
- You can either use seed starting pots or use household items by repurposing things like yoghurt pots, disposable plastic cups and egg cartons and poking drainage holes in the bottom.
- Similarly, you can either buy or make your own seed starting mix. Add water to your mix and stir until it becomes uniformly damp, with a similar consistency to wet sand. Then use it to fill your starting pots.
- Sow your seeds and be sure to label the plants, then move your pots to a seed tray before misting them and covering them with a humidity dome or cling film.
- Store them in the warmest part of your house - light isn’t essential at this point.
- Once your seedlings sprout, remove your humidity dome or cling film and move them to the sunniest spot in your house.
- Once they get their first true set of leaves, they’re ready to be moved into a larger container with potting mix. Prepare them for life outside by hardening your seedlings.
- Once your hardening period is complete, they can be moved to their final home, whether it’s a flower bed or pots and planters on your patio.
- An ideal annual to sow in the spring, be sure to sow your marigolds as soon as the frosts subside for a beautiful bloom come summer.
- Add stunning bursts of bright yellow, orange, apricot and cream to your garden, and choose between dwarf and tall varieties based on where you’re growing them.
- A deterrent of certain pests, they’re an ideal companion for tomatoes to help keep your crops safe.
- Sowing lettuce seeds in spring will give you an abundance of fresh lettuce for delicious summer salads.
- If you don’t have space for a bed or vegetable patch, it can be grown just as easily in growbags or containers.
- From crisphead types like iceberg to Cos, and butterhead; there are a variety of lettuces to choose from, all with different colours, flavours and textures.
- When a firm heart has formed, or the leaves are big enough to eat on loose-leaf varieties, your lettuce is ready to be harvested and enjoyed.
- Start sowing in late March, sown directly rather than in a seed tray to be transplanted, and continue to sow a small amount every 3 weeks or so to achieve a constant supply of leaves all summer long.
- Once your plant is big enough to cope, pluck or cut the stems. Both the stems and leaves can be used.
- Coriander is used in a variety of a cuisines, it’s a versatile and distinct herb that can be added to dishes such as curries and pad thai or used as a garnish.
You can find plenty of tips and inspiration at our ideas and advice hub, and get yourself well prepared for spring sowing ahead of summer.