Planting Herbs and Vegetable seeds for a summer Garden
February is the month to start planting herbs and vegetables to fully enjoy an abundant harvest during summer time. Planting the seeds is actually quite easy. Caring and achieving success is the tricky part. Last year I managed to have eggplants and capsicums in my little vegetable corner. This year I am trying to grow butternut pumpkin (which I love) and lettuces. I always have, during the entire year, rosemary and thyme (quite sturdy and woody herbs) in the garden an I use them a lot in my cooking. They’re super easy to grow and need little maintenance.
If it’s the first time you’re trying to plant something from scratch, try easy to grow herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary or cilantro (coriander). Recycle egg cartons and little plastic boxes that come with the vegetables you buy at the supermarket. Start indoors. Find a nice sunny spot or a windowsill to place your containers.
What you’ll need:
Containers – egg cartons, plastic boxes, old tupperwares, or you can buy cell packs at a garden center
Good soil mixture
Packet of seeds
King film (plastic wrap)
Planting herbs in egg cartons
How to get started:
Take your egg carton and cut the lid away from the box. Wrap the lid in king film (plastic wrap) leaving it a bit loose at the center, so the egg box can go on top.
Make small holes in the egg box. This is very important because it will allow a good water drainage.
Use the little flap on the egg box to write the name of the herb or vegetable you’re planting and the date. Place the box on top of the plastc wrapped lid.
Fill each hole about halfway with soil. Place a few seeds – read the instructions on the packet it usually tells you how many seeds per hole you should put. Don’t put a lot of seeds in one hole or they’ll be competing for space when sprouting.
Cover with soil to the top and water. Leave in a sunny spot inside the house or a windowsill. Water regularly or according to the instuctions on the packet. You can also cover it with a bit of king film to create a mini green house effect.
I used a plastic box (from some cherry tomatoes I bought at the supermarket) to plant butternut pumpkin seeds. They’re big seeds so need a bit more soil and space.
Make a few holes at the bottom.
Fill 1/4 with soil. Scatter a few pebbles – this will help drainage – and cover with a bit more soil. Place a few seeds. Cover with soil and water.
Water regularly. Write down the name of the vegetable you’ve just planted and the date.
In a few weeks or days the seeds should start sprouting.
Gardening Tip: Soak larger seeds in water to soften the seed coat and speed germination.
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