What to sow and how to sow it in December
Spring is here and there’s loads to do! So now is the time to plant with the summer harvest in mind so once you’ve sorted out your soil and your beds are ready you can go ahead and start planting. We’re currently planting beets, radishes, potatoes, celery, basil, coriander, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, chillies, cucumber, melons, gourds, lettuce, spinach and squash.
- If you are planting beets and radishes – water them well and feed them with worm tea or similar every two weeks.
- Plant salad mixes – lettuces, kale and cabbages and continue to plant them every two weeks for constant crops.
- Plant cucumbers next to fences.
- Place butternut, squash, melons and pumpkin amongst mielies or sunflowers to provide a living mulch.
- Plant beans where they can begin to twist their way to the top.
- Pile up extra straw and compost around potatoes as they begin their spring growth.
How to sow seeds
- Prepare the containers and clean well. Punch drainage holes in the bottom of your container and then line with a layer of newspaper.
- Make or purchase high-quality potting soil from us or at your nursery.
- Pace a layer of stones or similar drainage on the bottom of your container and, then add your potting soil.
- Sow your seeds. A general rule of thumb is to sow your seeds twice the depth of the seeds diameter. To encourage the bigger seeds (peas and beans for example) to sprout a little sooner, soak them in water the night before sowing.
- Label your containers to avoid confusion – don’t forget the date!.
- Water to moisten, but not saturate, the soil. A spritzer is great for this. Once your seeds are sown, keep them warm and moist.
- As soon as your seedlings germinate and the second set of leaves are out), give them more room and increase the light.