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.


  1. Lift covering off the area you plan to sow in.
  2. Dig over lightly, if necessary, to remove any weeds.
  3. Rake the soil level.
  4. Decide which way your rows will run, that is the direction you’ll sow the seeds.
  5. Tie twine around one bamboo cane and stick into the ground at the side of the area.
  6. 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.
  7. Repeat this process for as many rows as you wish to sow.
  8. Spacing between rows should be according to the packet instructions.
  9. 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!
  10. Water the base of the drill.
  11. Sow a line of seeds thinly along the bottom of the drill. Or you can sow in groups of three or four seeds.
  12. Cover with the correct amount of soil, according to the instructions on the seed packet.
  13. 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!





Regular Activities

  1. Careful watering of seedlings (see Tips for Success)
  2. Watch for germination and remove plastic coverings
  3.  Install reflective backing
  4.  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.