We learned how to sew seeds properly during a great talk by Steve Bustin: ‘Are you a first time seed-sower? An introduction to basic sowing and growing for the absolute beginner’. Tips included:
- Only half fill your container with compost
- Compact the soil down before planting/ watering
- Put your seed in to the depth required by the particular variety and plant larger seeds on their sides rather than flat.
- Water the seeds from the bottom rather than the top as by watering from the top you may move the seed from the perfect height/ angle
- Toilet rolls make good, free seed planters!
This reminded me of our costly veg growing exercise last summer- basically he was saying unless you have a lot of space don’t grow cheap crops (such as potatoes) which will cost you more to grow than it would to buy them in the shop down the road. Instead grow crops that thrive here, yet are really expensive to buy.
I did notice James had also signed up for more info about the potato mile project (although he is not actually from Brighton), so he can’t be totally against potato growing! I can relate though as last year we planted lots more potatoes than we harvested and the potatoes we grew were probably the most expensive ones we have ever eaten!
I had a quick chat with James after the talk and this was the advice he gave:
His book James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution is available to purchase from Amazon – click here to buy a copy and find out which gourmet foods you could be growing in your garden for less effort than some of the usual veg plot crops!
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