Sowing in trays, crates or boxes

Sowing in trays is perfectly suited to growing plants in a sheltered place.

Thanks to small holes drilled at the bottom of the tray, drainage can be optimized and is very effective.

A great many plants, vegetables and flowers can be sown in this manner. Avoid this technique for taproot-type plants (like carrots) and plants that should be started directly in the growing bed.

Sowing in trays, broad pans & shallow crates

  • Place clay pebbles at the bottom of the tray (in a layer about ½ to 1 inch (1 to 2 cm) thick) to ensure drainage.
  • Fill the broad pan or tray up to â…” full with seedling soil mix or substrate prepared from peat or soil mix (one part) and river sand (one part). Don’t add any fertilizer.
  • Flatten thereafter with a trowel or a slab of wood, and add soil mix until the tray is ¾ full.
  • Press down again.
  • Sprinkle seeds evenly throughout the tray.
  • Press down lightly with a wooden board.

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