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5 Gardening Hacks for Seed Sowing Success

5 Gardening Hacks for Seed Sowing Success

[Music] It’s sowing time! If you want to improve
your success with seed sowing, we’re here to help. We’ve got five top tips from the
pros to boost germination rates, save time, and simply make the job easier. Find it hard to space out your seeds accurately?
Then make your own seed tapes. This method is great for spacing out smaller
seeds. For this you’ll need some toilet paper, a paste made from equal parts
flour and water, and your seeds. Start by rolling out enough toilet paper to run
the length of your row. I’m going to make two seed tapes out of this loo roll by
cutting it in half lengthways. Now place a daub of paste at the correct spacing
with an artist’s brush. These spinach seeds need to be 3 inches (7cm) apart. Drop two seeds on each daub of paste, then fold over the toilet paper. The paste will help to hold it all together. After drying, the seed tapes can be labeled, then rolled up and stored until you’re ready to sow. To sow, simply unravel the tape
into the seed drill and cover to the correct depth
with soil. Water along the row, and hey presto – they’re ready to grow! You can also make squares
of pre-sown seeds using paper towel. The same method applies –
just daub on your paste, add your seeds, then sandwich with another layer
of towel. These squares are great if you grow your plants in blocks, for example if
you’re using the Square Foot Gardening method. Tiny seeds such as carrots are
notoriously difficult to sow evenly. Make the task easier by mixing the seeds with
fine, dry sand – about a pinch of seeds to a couple of teaspoons of sand. Thoroughly mix together,
then sprinkle along your seed drill. Now fill in the seed drill. Large seeds or seeds with a tough seed coat will germinate quicker if their coats are first punctured or
softened just before you want to plant them. This allows the water and gases
necessary for germination to enter the seed faster. A simple way to do this is to gently roll
your seeds between two sheets of sandpaper until the seed coat just starts to rub off. Stop at this point or you
risk damaging the seeds. Alternatively, soak your seeds in a bowl of lukewarm
water for 24 hours. This method is great for seeds of beans, peas and okra. Parsley seeds also benefit from soaking for 48 hours,
with a change of water halfway through. Some seeds are hard to make out against the dark soil. A simple way
around this is to line your seed drill with toilet paper. The white background
makes it easier to see your seeds and space them evenly along the row. Using a plant label can help you find
rows of seedlings later on, but an alternative is to use potting soil to
backfill the drills like this. That way, it stands out better from the surrounding
soil. This is particularly useful once they start to grow, as it helps you to work out what’s a seed you’ve planted, and what’s just a weed which needs removing. Or mix quick-growing seeds such as radishes
with slow growers like parsnips. The radishes will germinate within a few days to mark the location of the row. They’ll be harvested long before the
parsnips grow big enough to need that extra space. Another way of working with
seed with a long germination time is to chit them. That simply means encouraging them to sprout
before planting them in the ground. This method works particularly well for parsnips
which can take weeks to germinate, especially in cool weather, but you can also use it for any early planted seeds to speed things up. Start by lining a sealable container
like this with a couple of sheets of damp paper towel. Space out the seeds evenly over the surface, then add two more layers of damp paper towel over
the top. Press on the lid. Keep the container in a warm place
at about 18- 21 degrees Celsius or 65-70 Fahrenheit. As soon as the seeds are showing tiny roots
they’re ready to plant. Don’t delay planting
or the roots may end up distorted or forked. You needn’t worry
about planting them the right way up – the seeds will naturally send their
roots downwards. Do you have a seed sowing hack? If so,
don’t keep it to yourself – share it by dropping us a comment below! And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for lots more helpful gardening ideas. I’ll catch you next time! [Music]

82 thoughts on “5 Gardening Hacks for Seed Sowing Success”

  1. learned from some one in the allotment, you brake gently the Cilantro/coriander seads between 2 stones, its make it faster to germinate.

  2. i've heard that flat leaf parsley does best if put in the freezer for a day, then germinated with a sheet of gelatin on a paper towel. can you verify this? tnx!

  3. I have seen American YouTubers using a hydrogen peroxide solution to wet the paper when chitting seeds. My wife thinks this is very dodgy. Have you tried it?

  4. omg thanks for this video. I'm having difficulties with some sweet pepper seeds, they're not sprouting, I'm going to try your hacks now!

  5. That technique takes longer than just direct sewing. Seed tape is ideal for large scale use with a proper machine…

  6. very tiny seeds can be picked up with a wet toothpick. put it in an indentation in the soil, crumble some soil on top, press it slightly and pull the toothpick out. perfectly spaced, dust fine seeds.

  7. i use a misting chamber to start seeds, they germinate in a fraction of the time with very good germination rates. I also transplant seedlings in bunches by variety to save space and work until I am ready for a final transplant. This cut my work in half and eliminated the spacing and no germination problems I had in the past and allowed me to get plants started earlier in the season.

  8. As always I enjoyed you helpful sowing hints…I never tried the toilet paper method but might try it this spring…thanks.

  9. These are some fantastic tips! I thank you sincerely. I will certainly use some of these idea with my vegetable seeds.

    Now, if only it was so easy to start perennial plants from seed. I'm having great difficulties getting some perennials to germinate this year – Echinacea, Good King Henry, Forget Me Nots, Sorrel, Woad, and others. It's frustrating!

  10. hi, a great tip,:) but l have problem on letteus seed and hot pepper seed, l have tried them on paper towel also on direct sowing it seem they do not germined how? please help. thank you. Aishah.

  11. Good stuff! Here's one for you… I saved a couple spice jars to shake seeds over the row. It works great. We also use empty Parmesan cheese container to sprinkle granular fertilizers.

  12. I use a pair of those wooden chopsticks (like you get with chinese take-out) to pick up tiny seed sprouts — I whittle them down at the tips to make them smaller, but flat! No more big fingered fumbling!

  13. hi, thank you for your reaply, what im concern about is me trying on some lettuce seed, it just do not sprout, can l soak it overnight or just spred it into the soil, dont know what to do, please advice. thank you.

  14. I do my parsnips with damp tissue then put it in a seald freezer bag then lay it in a heated propagater all so done giant pumpkin seeds

  15. This is a great tip for those of us with lots of direct sowing to do! If you're creating a lot of seed tapes, you can mix the flour and water, pour it into a ketchup dispenser (the $0.99 kind used by hotdog vendors), and place drops of the flour slurry on the paper tape at the desired intervals. I find it's far faster than using a paint brush!

  16. To avoid all the bending and kneeling I use a long cardboard tube, like the ones from a empty roll of gift wrap, to plant my seeds. I walk along the row dropping seeds, like corn or beans, into the tube. They roll down the tube and land in the row where I want them. This is best with larger seeds of course.

  17. As a disabled gardener, seed sowing is one of the tasks I dread. Now I can prepare all the seeds for my garden while standing at the kitchen counter…and a quick roll out of the TP onto the beds won't hurt my back as much Fabulous idea…THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This method will also help me stop over sowing, therefore saving both seeds and the unnecessary "murder" of all those extra baby sprouts I feel so sad pulling. Simple idea, but GENIUS.

  18. I've started to used ice cube trays lined with wet cotton wool to germinate seeds.
    Just started so i don't know if it's going to work yet.

  19. I'm so excited to try the toilet paper and paste with my kids. Anything to make gardening with them easier is great!

  20. I love these ideas! thanks.
    I found that using an old spice jar with the holes on top work great to sprinkle the seeds. use a size that is best to let a few seeds out at a time. I like to plant carrots in a 8"-10" wide row and sprinkle the seeds onto the dirt. if you have seed leftover and threw the seed pouch away, you can label the jar.

  21. For small seeds use a chopstick with a small tip made of bamboo…I dip it in water to wet the tip then dip into the seed or just touch the one seed I want and then push it into the soil to the desired depth and turn it a little to release the seed stuck to it. I mostly use this method when planting in pots. Great for exact spacing.

  22. Hi from Texas, USA!! I am a complete beginner. I thought I would use my house as a greenhouse and start growing cool weather crops inside. Can you put together a video for people wanting to grow inside but not a window farm?

  23. Video is so much I never thought of simple fine seeds planting, its so amazing and learningful. Thanks for the video

  24. For plant markers – go to your local big box hardware store or some place like WalMart where venetian blinds are sold and buy the cheapest 30-32 inch blind you can find. At home remove the strings holding the blind together. Stack several slats of the blind together and cut to an approximate 10 inch length from each end. Ten slats will give you 30 markers. Instead of hand marking which quickly bleaches out in the sun use your word processor to type in 1/4" or greater block text. Cut out each label and use 2" wide clear tape to attach to the top end of your Plant Markers (easiest to read with left of label in the downward position. Wrap tape around slat then put a thin strip of tape across the top to protect from dew and rain seeping down. Save labels for next year OR cut through front side lengthwise and strip label – OR – just apply new label over the old. Makes labels much more readable than hand printed. To place, just use a pointed trowel about 3-4" deep, place label and press soil against both sides.

  25. Carrot seeds need light to germinate. If you use seed tapes, how do you make sure they don't dry out? Do you lightly cover them with potting soil?

  26. great ideas, all of them. love your videos. How about one on germinating indoors under a dome and lights? When to take the cover off, etc, would be helpful. I heard Magnesium (epsom salt) aids in seed germination, so I did a test 6 pack and a control. The one I moistened with Mgso4 sprouted up in 2 days, the other, not yet.(been 5 days) I mixed 1 tsp epsom salt/ 1 gal and sprayed the cells until moist. (once) Further spraying with reg water. (don't want to overdo)

  27. i use to add a tiny bit of sugar in to the warter off a wartering can if its not as sunny as it will boost the sugars that would normaly produced by photosynthesis and it will boost the tine of it takes seedling to mature in to shoots

  28. I use a method similar to your idea of towel-lined plastic containers. I wet a paper towel, squeeze out the excess, lay it out flat, and place a row of seeds along the top edge. Then I fold that edge over the seeds, roll down once again, and place another row of seeds. If the seeds are large, like peas or beans, I place them in alternate spaces so that when they are rolled up they are not on top of each other. I fold the sides in to the center, and then complete rolling it up. The rolls are placed in ziplock baggies which are labeled with markers. You can put several rolls of seeds in the same baggie as long as they are totally different shapes–like cucumber, zucchini, and tomatoes all in one baggie. The baggies could optionally be placed in a warm area or on a heat mat, as long as you ensure that the heat doesn't dry the towel. Just unroll occasionally and check for germination. I have read that if the root does get too long and grows right into the paper towel, you can just rip off that portion of the towel with seed intact and bury the whole thing.

  29. As a professional grower, these tips are ridiculous.

    a bean only takes 3 days at most to germinate, so be patient.

    The seed coating is rich in enzymes that protect the plants from viruses.

    and instead of soaking the seeds, i recommend simply using a quality seedling and cutting raising mix.

    50/50 of coconut coir and coarse sand with a bit of compost or worm castings.

    it will hold moisture and allow free drainage


  31. My gardening idea is actually a question: aren’t the wooden fences blocking the light? Wouldn’t a net a better option from this point of view?

  32. Great. To watch Video of India's First Seed Sowing Machine, Click on the link

  33. I have a great improvement on this idea to share… Using the squares of paper towel, take mycorrhizal fungi granules but first put glue mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle from walmart or wherever, cut the tip off more so it pours out easily… mix mycorrhizal fungi in with the paste when squeeze in lines rather than dots to spread the fungus that protects against many things plus acts like a nutrient pathway between plants. Then place the seeds you wish the plant at the intersections on the towel… like drawing vertical and horizontal lines with the squeeze bottle. The alternate idea is to put the paste in the squeeze bottle and draw lines, then sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi granules over the paste like it were glitter, then place seeds at the intersecting lines spaced evenly apart.

  34. Hi there this year I read if you dissolve an aspirin in water and spray your seeds with it they germinate quicker. Tried it with purple sprouting broccoli and viola they were thru in two days .

  35. A video showed using paper on only one side of the seeds to make the seeds visible when they sprout.Otherwise these may get delayed for planting as the covering paper makes it difficult to see the small white roots.Seems logical.

  36. I have ultimate seed sowing hack. Use bicycle. I collect wild edible green seeds and seed entire property and thru out countryside select spots. I gather endless hordes of wild supermarket constantly all year roadside or just outside my kitchen door January to december. Wild plants a aren't nearly as frost sensitive. I chop up huge handful 10 to 15 kinds of greens each day 2add 2soup.
    I gather wild fruit trees roadside. Yesterday I built a gorgeous 50' pond and lined it with $1,400 of birch trees & beauty berry bushes I harvested growing roadside.
    Yahweh God made these plants 2follow in the footsteps of man. These plant a don't grow in wilderness areas much because all the animals ate then all. They aren't stupid. They know they are the best.

  37. Thanks for sharing. That's what gardening is all about. Sharing ideas. Sharing the bounty. Being great full. ✌ from Colorado USA

  38. I bought Zinnia seeds that were already on a tape, they were my Grandma's favorite flowers. I haven't p[anted yet because it has been too cool at night & we are getting storms all week! I bought the Zinnias at Atwoods

  39. Hi im gonna do a germination thing but I heard that its better to take away seeds that look like they wont plant anything but how do i know I think I hit a few duds cus i planted zucchini like 2 or 3 of them and 3 carrots I put them in containers for right now there are on my window but im gonna plant my zucchini today since its beautiful leaves came out this is not my first time planting i planted watermelon and melon seeds but only watermelon seeds came out but still no fruit and I did two mango trees one got attacked by ants and did not make it and the other one I put it in too much sun i got a little depressed for 2 months since it died but I'm back at planting and out of all my seeds none of them grew not even my oregano just the one zucchini like im 18 i could be doing other stuff but here i am stressing and crying over my failed plants my mom told me to give them another 2 weeks they only been growing for like a week and a half but how do i know when to give up on them oh and i have potatoes those were a accident I was trying to do a compost my mom told me to put potatos i left them there for a few weeks I put epsom salt and i mixed it around the compost and it grew and not i have them in a container i dont know if im giving them enough water but i hope i am lol at first i didnt want anything to do with planting my brother started earlier then me he successfully did tomatos sweet potatos and a avocado tree but it did grow up pretty big but he kept telling me and my mom to water it alot and he gave up on it he would get mad if we put to little water or alot not its in our front lawn dead he got depressed and now that I'm doing it he wants to do it again so now we are fighing for space cus i want to do alot of plant my grandma and great grandma were gardeners so was my mom they had a ranch and I just really want some tips for how do i find out if they will grow or not and how long shoud i wait as you can see i kinda come from a long line of gardeners☺

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