Garden Activities (Spring 4)
Only if the soil is not too wet! Otherwise – wait.
Start to sow seeds direct into the soil for early salads
- Forks, rakes, handforks.
- Roll of garden twine
- Bamboo canes – 40cm long. Cheapest way to get these, is to buy long canes and cut them down. Garden centres stock long canes year-round. Secateurs can be used for cutting, but it is easier to use a hacksaw, or tree loppers. Always wear sturdy leather gloves when using cutting implements.
- Lift covering off the area you plan to sow in.
- Dig over lightly, if necessary, to remove any weeds.
- Rake the soil level.
- Decide which way your rows will run, that is the direction you’ll sow the seeds.
- Tie twine around one bamboo cane and stick into the ground at the side of the area.
- Run (unwind) the twine, in a straight line, to the other side of the area, and tie round the other bamboo cane. Cut from roll. Now you have a straight line to sow along. See Tips for Success.
- Repeat this process for as many rows as you wish to sow.
- Spacing between rows should be according to the packet instructions.
- Make a shallow depression (a drill) in the soil, running the length of the row, following the line of the twine. This can be done with a cane, or the side of a hand fork or trowel, or even with a finger!
- Water the base of the drill.
- Sow a line of seeds thinly along the bottom of the drill. Or you can sow in groups of three or four seeds.
- Cover with the correct amount of soil, according to the instructions on the seed packet.
- Firm gently with the back of a rake. Label the row with sowing date and plant name.
Seeds for Sowing Outside
Corn Salad (Lamb’s Lettuce) – a good winter salad crop. Will tolerate winter weather very well. Rarely attacked by pests or disease. Expensive to buy in supermarkets, so perfect for selling in bags!
- Careful watering of seedlings (see Tips for Success)
- Watch for germination and remove plastic coverings
- Install reflective backing
- Watch for possible disease (see Tips for Success) and remove any suspect seedlings
Where possible, prick out seedlings into their larger trays/pots. Use Pricking Out information sheet for help with this activity.