Sowing Seeds

6 Mar 2017

Autumn is the most important seed-sowing season in a gardener’s calendar. If you need evidence of this just take a look at how many of the plant species have seeds that ripen and disperse during the autumn, effectively sowing them so that the next generation can germinate. Many winter- and spring- flowering plants, most herbs and many vegetables germinate best when sown in autumn. Growing your own plants from seed is simple, easy and really economical.

Seed sowing tips for trays or containers

  •    Make sure that there are drainage holes in the bottom of the container
  •    Fill the tray two thirds full with coco palm peat.
  •    Level the medium and firm it down with a wooden stamp or similar flat object.
  •    Scatter the seeds evenly over the surface, ensuring that they are not too close together. (Very fine seeds can be mixed with a little white maize meal to facilitate even distribution.)
  •    Spread vermiculite gently over the seeds, so that they are just covered.
  •    Use the wooden stamp once again to press down lightly on the vermiculite.
  •    Water thoroughly with as fine a spray as you can obtain.
  •    Cover the tray with a sheet of plastic and place it in a shaded spot until germination commences.



  1. Please could you give a month by month seed sowing calendar for South Africa? This would be great.Thanks

  2. My Mom bought a “tree tomato” from our local nursery in George. We have planted it in full son. The leaves are enormous. The tree looks pretty healthy except on some of the leaves there appears to be “bumps”, as if it is inside the leaf. Nothing underneath – I checked. Any advice you might have? I would like to send you a picture. Which email address is best to use?


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