About This Course
If we were to start planting a garden or even a balcony with plants, we can choose two ways. First, and this is the simpler solution, we can buy mature plants. These are already showy, they immediately produce the effect we expect from them, their disadvantage is that they are relatively expensive – especially when it comes to annual flowers or plants, since we have to buy them again every year. Another advantage is that they bloom from the start, you just have to plant them or place them and the garden or balcony is ready, they just have to grow. However, there is no need to be afraid of the more difficult method, which is seed sowing.
Now let’s look at the practical tasks, what we have to pay attention to if we want to plant plants in the garden or on the balcony. First of all, let’s look at sowing seeds: we will need soil, pots or a balcony box.
- The easiest way to get soil for sowing seeds is in gardening shops and supermarkets. The first step is to take enough soil after opening the bag; before we do anything with it, we crumble it with our hands as finely as possible, turn it around to make it as loose and soft as possible.
- The soil used for sowing must always be moist. That is why it is best to make a watering can with a spray head. With this, we can lightly irrigate our land before sowing. However, be careful not to make mud. After watering, turn the soil over again so that sufficient moisture reaches everywhere evenly.
- In the next step of sowing, we fill our box or pot. It is very important that as soon as you have a sufficient amount of soil, it should be leveled. The seeds will have to be placed at the same depth and covered with an equally thick layer of soil. If one of the seeds goes too deep, where the water stops, it simply rots. On the other hand, if it is too high, it will not get enough moisture, so it will not emerge.
- When our pot, box, with the moistened, arranged, sufficient amount of soil is ready, we reach for the seeds. You can buy the seed in a gardening store, the manufacturer usually indicates the most basic information on the back of the bag, for example, when and how to sow. On the back of the bag, it is also indicated how far apart several plants should be planted and when to expect flowering.
- Now carefully tear off the top of our seed bag. It is important to be aware of the size of the seed we are about to plant. Sage seeds, for example, are quite large. If, on the other hand, we were to sow small seeds, we can scatter them directly from the bag, of course, care must be taken not to sow them too densely or too sparsely. If this is not done properly, our further work will become difficult or impossible during emergence. Larger seeds, as in the case of sage, can be sown individually.
- Covering the seeds is a key task to which we must pay close attention. We have to use the finest possible soil, it is not enough to crumble it by hand, it is best to sift through the soil intended for covering with a sieve with medium holes.
- After covering, we carefully press, i.e. compact the earth around our seeds. In order for the seed to germinate, it needs adequate moisture content and temperature, and for this to happen, direct contact between the seed and our soil is essential. If the latter is loose, the above is not necessarily fulfilled.
- The last step is watering the planted seed, which also requires attention. We already wrote at the beginning that we will need a watering can with a spray head. The guiding principle here is that the water that we apply to the surface of the earth that hides our seeds should be in an atomized form as much as possible. If we want to be even more careful, instead of a watering can with a spray head, we can use a hand sprayer developed for this purpose.
- If we have done everything as described, and our seed box or pot is in the right place, at the right temperature, and has access to a sufficient amount of water there is nothing left to do but wait for them to sprout. Make a tea or a coffee and enjoy your handwork.