Out of all the gardening tasks I have found raising seedlings one of the most challenging. Like many things it sounds so simple, place a seed in a pot of soil, and add water. Sadly our results can be quite hit or miss. And when you are relying a constant supply of seedlings to keep the garden productive and the family fed, this can be very frustrating. So I thought it time I conduct a series of experiments to learn first hand the artful ways of raising seedlings. My goal is to find a method that is reliable, simple, cheap and efficient.
I decided to make this experiment quite grandiose, and includes:
3 Different sowing methods:
- The standard - bury seed in a pot of soil.
- First raise a group of seeds together then transplant to pot.
- Place seed on soil surface, then cover with a seed raising layer.
- 1:1 Sand & Commercial Compost
- 1:1 Sand & Homemade Compost
- 1:1:1 Sand, Compost, Coco Peat
- 1:1:1 Sand, Compost, Cow Poo
- 1:2 Sand & Compost
- Commercial Potting Mix
- 1:1 Compost & Coco Peat
- 1:1:1 Sand, Compost, Horse Poo
- 2:1 Commercial Potting Mix & Compost
- 1:1 Sand & Fresh Commercial Compost
- 1:1 Sand & Cow Poo
- 1:1 Sand & Coco Peat
- 1:1 Sand & Horse Poo
- By hand with spray bottle / watering can
- Wicking mat
- Broccoli - Green Sprouting Calabrese
- Lettuce - Winter Density
- Beetroot - Early Wonder
- Spinach - Baby Leaf
All seeds were sown on Friday the 29 of March 2013, with the great seedling experiment off and running. Today I was excited to see a glimpse of life, but I won't tell you what it was. First I would like to know which seedlings you think are going to be the winners of this experiment? Come on don’t be shy, place your bets. I will even think about throwing in some sort of giveaway at the end.
Stay tuned for regular updates.