Who hasn’t yet dreamed of sowing a plant to see it sprout in their garden, admiring the magic of a seed bursting forth and growing to become an entire plant?
There is nothing that a gardener enjoys more than the pleasure of watching a seedling grow.
This growing technique is actually very easy, and is often the most affordable
and the most satisfying for all gardeners alike.
Although it is a plant’s most natural way of reproducing, sowing does need to follow certain rules that are easy and effective to maximize growth of the plant and provide the best environment.
Rules for perfect sowing
- Prepare high-quality soil: choose a seedling soil mix that is soft and light.
- Time your sowing well: sowing is mostly performed at the beginning of spring, but some plant species require sowing in fall or at the end of winter.
Different types of sowing
Here are the methods that explain each type of sowing:
- Sowing directly in the plot, or direct sowing – This is when you sow directly in the ground, after any risk of freezing is over, directly where the plant is expected to grow and mature. You can either sow in rows, or toss and broadcast seeds in the growing bed.
- Sowing in a sheltered place, or under cover – This is performed at the end of winter, before spring has arrived.
This is done outdoors, but under some type of protective cover, often glass, that is designed to trap the sun’s rays and increase temperatures.
- Sowing in a nursery – This is mostly for the most fragile and cold-fearing plants.
It is most often performed in a greenhouse.
- Sowing in trays – This is a detail on the best manner to sow under cover or in a nursery.
It is used for sowing tiny seeds.
- Sowing over water – this works for large seeds