Despite spring attracting the most gardening attention, autumn offers an equally large catalogue of vegetables and herbs to plant.
Learn how to propagate seeds and become fully self-sufficient by planting your very own seedlings. We love these ones from Settler. Plant and grow flowers, herbs and garden greens sourced from the best seed houses in the world. Not only are you growing your own produce, you’re also becoming a backyard beekeeper by providing nutrition for wild bees and ultimately for yourself.
So, how do you get started and nurture your newly found green thumb?
First things first, make sure you have enough materials to use as the foundation of your veggie patch whether it be a raised bed or directly into the soil. If your flatmates are at a loose end why not recruit them to lend a hand! You could even recycle some existing furniture you have that’s gathering dust, like an old bookshelf for example and reuse it as your new planter box.
Repurposing old items you have lying around is a fantastic option to make your garden more sustainable! Consider unused storage tubs or bins too – just make sure the materials are solid, stable and safe for growing food.
Next make sure your soil is prepped for planting by removing any existing growth or debris and raking the area smooth and flat.
Secondly, scatter seeds onto the soil either in a neat row or at random, it’s up to you! The general rule is to sow your seeds twice the depth of the seeds size. Once you’re done, it’s time to cover your seeds with some seed raising mix.
Thirdly, keep an eye on the soil to ensure that it doesn’t dry out. Your little seedlings need moisture in order to germinate. Regular watering without drenching until sprouts reach about 15cm high will ensure healthy growth.
The only other thing to watch out for are pests disrupting your patch, namely common garden critters such as snails, birds and pets. You may want to invest in some netting to protect your budding plants.
Last but not least, it’s time to kick back and reap what you’ve sown. You can expect sprouts after 2-3 weeks from planting and harvesting within 6-12 weeks.