Sowing Seeds: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know


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How to Sow Seeds Under Cover

Start seeds off under the protection of a greenhouse, tunnel or cold frame, or use a sunny indoor windowsill. Use a propagator for tender crops like tomatoes, or secure clear plastic over the top of pots with a rubber band.

Germinate cool-season crops such as onions, celery and cabbage on a sunny windowsill then move into a greenhouse, tunnel or cold frame once they’ve germinated.

Alternatively, grow seedlings indoors under grow lights.

Choosing the Right Time to Sow

Avoid sowing too early. This can result in having to transplant seedlings into bigger containers more often before it’s time to transplant into the ground, wasting potting mix and taking up valuable space under cover.

Refer to the Plant List in our Garden Planner to find recommended times to sow and plant in your garden’s location.

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