Tips for Success (Spring 1)

Potting compost is what is used for seed sowing, and potting on larger plants. It is purchased from garden centres. Garden compost is a mixture of kitchen and garden waste, piled together and allowed to decompose. It is added to the garden to enrich and improve the soil. It is unsuitable for seed sowing.

Waterproof trays are needed to stand pots/seed trays in so that when the seeds are watered, water will drain easily without damaging surfaces.

Silver Sand helps to sow seeds thinly. It can be tricky to sow fine seeds evenly. Here’s how.

  1. Half-fill a 500g plastic yoghurt pot (washed and dried thoroughly) with silver sand.
  2. Tip your seeds into the sand and stir very well to disperse them.
  3. Now you have a sand/seed mix that can be sown onto the potting compost, either in lines or just scattered randomly.
  4. Cover the sand/seed mix with potting compost if appropriate. Refer to the seed packet for instructions. This method can be used for any seed sowing. Lots of seeds might need to be divided between two, or more, pots to make sure they are well spread out through the sand. Small quantities of seeds can be mixed with less sand – such as a quarter of a 500g yoghurt pot.

Plant labels are expensive. Use masking tape, write in biro, and stick tape to each container. Easy and cheap.