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Recommended equipment
Picking Out Raised bed planting Room to grow  
Seed collection for a variety of vegetable growing options.

Compost suitable for seeds and young plants.

Seed labels and waterproof pen

Budding Gardener Childrens Tools to plant seeds

Childrens Gardening Gloves to keep hands and nails clean

Watering can with a fine rose


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Where and When?
If you are doing this task outside, choose a day which is not windy, or find a sheltered spot. Check the instructions on the seed packet. Some seeds like tomato need to be placed in the warmth to germinate. A warm dark cupboard works well.

If you have planted up in newspaper pots they can be placed straight into a planting hole in the ground. The paper will naturally decompose.  This means the roots are not disturbed while planting.
Top Tips For Sowing
• To sow small seed, pour a little onto a piece of paper.  Pull up the sides of the paper to make a fold with the seed in the middle.  Gently tap the edge of the paper as you move it across the ground.  This will allow the seed to fall out evenly in rows.

• Large seeds can be carefully placed into the soil using fingers. Do not squeeze or break the seed. Space the seeds evenly in rows across the ground.

• Cucumber and squash seeds should be placed on edge when planting.

• Cover the seed with a thin layer of compost. Water lightly & write the name of the seed on a label. Put the label in the ground

• Bean, pea, pumpkin, cucumber and squash seeds should be covered with netting to prevent mice eating the seeds.


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