Direct Sowing a.k.a Direct Seeding
Direct sowing, also called direct seeding, is the process of sowing seeds directly into the soil (ground) outside or prepared garden bed. Seeds sown directly into the ground will go through the process of germination in the ground.
Keep in mind that seeds require specific temperatures and conditions to germinate successfully, so it’s important that those optimal conditions exist in the soil when you directly sow them into the ground. Our optimal planting dates take germination conditions into consideration.
Direct sowing tips:
Seeds are like little babies, they need lots of TLC to grow into mature vibrant plants. A baby cannot raise itself into an adult, same goes for the seed. So please don’t just buy seeds, throw them in the ground, and hope to see results. Below are tips to make sure that your seeds directly sown in the ground become mature plants. Naturally every plant is different and so germi
1. The MOST important thing to do is check for the optimal time to plant your seeds outside in the ground. Don’t adhere to “general” advice about planting dates. Farmers select specific dates to plant because they understand that each day affects yield. So please check for the best optimal planting dates to sow your seeds.
2. Make a specific plan for your garden and mark exactly where you planted each of your seeds. You will most likely forget where you planted what, so make sure you mark what you planted and where you planted it.
3. Before sowing your seeds in the ground make sure there are no weeds. We don’t want our little baby seeds competing for water and nutrients with the “big boys”, so take the time to clear the weeds.
4. One thing I learned about sowing seeds in the ground the hard way - sow seeds in the proper depth. Sowing seeds too deep or too shallow in the soil will affect their chances of becoming fully grown plants. HOW TO GROW instructions will provide you with the most accurate recommendations of seed depth – follow it! It works.
5. Water carefully and gently, and make sure the soil is moist. In warmer climates you will need to water more often than in colder climates so just make sure your soil does not dry up. Make sure you also don’t overwater because that will surely kill your seeds and also the young seedlings that begin to sprout.
6. Keep those bugs away! It’s your job to protect your baby seeds and seedlings from bugs and insects so be on the lookout and if you do see bugs or insects combat them appropriately.