Step by step guide to growing seeds in a container (Zimbio)

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Step by Step Guide to Container Gardening

Written by jeniusim

Here is a complete step by step guide to growing seeds in a container, in other words, container gardening.

Step by Step Guide to Sowing Your Seeds in Containers:

  1. Cover your bench or table with newspaper and then tip some compost onto it. Crumble the compost between your fingers to make sure that all the large lumps are broken up.
  2. Fill your containers with compost and gently tap them on the counter to knock out any air pockets. The compost should almost fill the containers and just leave a little space at the top. Firm the compost gently but don’t press it down too hard, because doing so compacts the compost too much.
  3. Water the containers using fresh water. Use a fine rose on the watering can, or a fine mister. Watering the compost not only creates a nice moist new home for the seeds but also settles the compost ready for sowing. Allow to drain. Watering beforehand avoids the potential pitfall of washing small seeds deep into the pots, where they can’t grow.
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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.