If you thought that growing your own food could start off to be pricey, time consuming and overall a bit scary…you couldn’t be wrong. Seeds are easily accessible in most shops this time of year, from Aldi, Tesco or even Pound stretchers. Obviously your local garden centres also. I got mine for 39p a packet from Pound Stretchers and I got such a great selection for just a couple of pounds. I also got those trays that green fingered genius’s use to germinate there seedlings before they hit the big kid playground that is my raised vegetable patch. (I’ll get to that later)
Some seeds go straight into the vegetable patch (sow direct to garden) some need a little more TLC to get started and that’s why I got some of the trays. But since I was planting seeds anyway, I added the direct sew ones in them also to give them a better head start. Once I get some shoots I’ll get them into the raised bed and let mother Nature do her magic!
Always use lollipop sticks of you are a forgetful person, like me, so label exactly what seeds you have planted and WHEN they need to either be moved into the vegetable patch outside and the month of expected harvest (when to pull out, clean and EAT!
Be sure to water your seedlings EVERY DAY… they must be kept well watered as they simply will not germinate, a good soaking every night will do the trick. NEVER water ANY plants, flowers etc. in sunlight, they will scorch and wilt. Not good!
The great thing about the Propagator trays is, if you don’t have a glass house (green house) then they can be put on window sill or balcony and not be to much in the way! the sunlight and heat will give them a great start. As long as you label and follow the little handy calendar on the back of the packets there is no reason why you can not successfully grow your own herb garden right on your window sill or balcony!
(I bought one of the pop up greenhouses, on sale at pound stretcher for £14.99 and its huge! Its great for all of my seedlings as I don’t like cluttered windowsills.
And that’s where I’m at right now, My trays have been in my greenhouse for 3 days, I even made a tray full of wild flower seeds, to see if I can make some beautiful bedding plants grow for me too!
So stay posted you guys and I’ll be on Sunday with my next update and photos of my Vegetable patch and pop up greenhouse! And if you guys are sewing right now, send us some photos and I’ll post them on the website forum!