It truly is a wonder of nature that such tiny packages will sprout into an array of plants. Some seedlings will slowly peek out of their husk, cautiously stretching out their leaves; while others seem to burst forth and reach out for the sky. They start off in your hand, sweetly hibernating until you throw water in its face and say “wake up!”
Please note: some veg don’t like to be transplanted or have their roots disturbed. Make sure you check whether it’s recommended you direct plant(eg beetroot and carrot, which are root veg). Plants such as tomato, capsicum etc do well in little pots.
Sowing a Seed
1. Sow seeds in a tray (best kept in a greenhouse or by a window) by
sprinkling thinly among moist compost
2. Cover the container with a clear lid or plastic kitchen wrap – this will trap moisture and
encourage germination. Remove this lid once green appears!
3. When first leaves appear, prick out* seedlings.
4. Water and keep out of sunlight for the first few days, before gradually exposing to sunlight.
Pricking Out Seedlings
Pricking out is required when your seeds start to get too big for their beginner tray. Prick them out to a small pot.
1. Begin by using a sharpened pencil to help you lever the seedling’s roots from the tray,
while you gently hold the seedling by the leaves (not the stem).
2. Use the pencil to poke a hole in the new location, and then kindly insert it into the new hole.
The trick is to bury the seedling up to the first set of leaves.
3. Press soil gently around the seedling.
Pro Tip: Avoid the hassle of “pricking out” and replanting by sowing seeds in biodegradable containers, such as folded-over toilet rolls. This works well for cucumber, peas, sunflowers etc