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Planting Brassica Seeds

Posted Apr 04 2009 11:00pm
purple-sprouting-broccoli

purple-sprouting-broccoli

Today we are still harvesting purple sprouting broccoli, and at the same time planting seeds for next year’s crop. In fact we are planting lots of brassica  seeds including brussel sprouts and cabbage.

preparing-to-plant-seeds

preparing-to-plant-seeds

  • It is most important to prepare a seed bed to give the best growing conditions for the seeds. 
  • Place markers in position at either end of the row, using a tape measure to give the correct row width.
  • Gently firm the soil down.
  • Use a walk-board, which is not resting on the soil, but supported at either end of the bed. Line the board up with the row markers.
  • Draw a seeding groove with a spade. Use the walking board to produce a straight line, & work carefully to get the correct depth.
making-seed-row

making-seed-row

creating-seed-row

creating-seed-row

Sowing Vegetable Seed

    * *only place a few seeds in the hand
    * *pinch a few seeds between finger and thumb and work them out
    * *try to get them dropping singly, not in a bunch
    * *take plenty of time, as it is worth the result
    * *make a mark in the row, before taking another pinch of seeds from the hand, as you loose sight of the last seed
    * *avoid sowing doubles

seed line

seed line

*Cover the seed with fine soil. Then put a few small cobbly bits on top & gently firm in. These lumps help to keep the soil open and prevent capping

*Water  the vegetable seeds in.

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