Growing your own from seeds
Sowing your own seeds is a cost-effective and rewarding way to raise plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables. You can often find special varieties that aren’t available in shops and supermarkets, and if you’re growing your own organic crops, it’s the best way to be sure that no chemicals have been used.
What are organic seeds?
Organic seeds are produced without the use of chemicals either before or after harvest, in accordance with certified organic standards. This ensures your seeds are just as nature intended them to be, and that any organically raised crops they produce can genuinely be called organic. Here at The Organic Gardening Catalogue, all of our organic seeds are clearly marked with the ‘Organic’ logo.
How to germinate seeds indoors
Many tender flower and vegetable seeds need warmth to germinate, so starting them off indoors helps you to provide the conditions they need. Fill seed trays or small individual pots with good quality compost and sow your seeds as described on the packet instructions. Water gently, label carefully and cover them with glass, cling film or a clear plastic lid before putting them somewhere warm and bright. Remove the cover as soon as the seeds have germinated. You’ll need to prick the seedlings out and pot them on until it’s warm enough to move them to their final outdoor positions.
How to germinate seeds outdoors
For successful germination, always read the sowing instructions on the back of the seed packet. Successful germination outdoors relies on keeping a keen eye on the weather conditions in your area. If the instructions specify that you shouldn’t direct sow your seeds until after the last frost, the exact timing will vary depending on where you live in the UK. As a rule of thumb, avoid direct sowing when the ground is cold, waterlogged and/or frozen.