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Horticulture selection list
Take a copy of this page and refer to it as you go through the gardening journal for the year. It is a useful reference for noting when you bought which seeds or plants, which bed you put them in, and other information that is useful to you and can be used as a record of the changes that have taken place in your garden over the year.
Check back next year to see the changes.
Start a journal to record the changes you make to your garden over the year. Read the journal as you go, note changes and actions.
This is useful for observations on the size of the fruit, or the timing of the crops.
You need to know what type of seed you are growing as well as know where you have bought them.
If the seed is designed for a specific soil, note it on the seed packet if it is a product of CROPFLOWER, or use the Soil Finder to find out how you can keep it alive.
For the majority of seeds you will need to grow them in a container. In general, this needs to be something like a gallon pot, a big terracotta pot with drainage holes, or a shallow tray that will stand in a tray of water. This is called a sowing tray.
Container | Kuantitas
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Pots or trays | Sow 1/4 of container in each
Sowing tray | Sow 1/2 of tray in each
Seedling tray | Sow whole tray in each
Do not sow until sowing time. Sow in the morning and keep moist.
Check that the pot has sufficient drainage holes and the soil is damp or wet. Water the seedlings during the day, and check it they are growing. At night, they should dry out completely. If it is not a good damp condition, water more.
Have some form of support for the young seedlings that are growing. You can use twigs or sticks, or a cage for tomatoes and cucumbers.
All plants should have support.
There are many books that show detailed how to plant seeds.
You can use different methods.
Choose a large pot or tray, and fill it with fine, sifted soil. Take the tray or pot outside, place it in the sun and leave it there until the roots start to appear. This should be somewhere between 1-5 days depending on the plant. This is called potting on.
You can use small stones to prevent the roots growing too deeply, or cover them in compost.
All plants should have a space to grow out of the soil. They must be given air.
Choosing a Seedling
All plants need a balanced light environment.
Check the seedlings on a regular basis. Give it a shaded, warm spot if they need it. They need to be watered regularly.
Leafy plants need more attention to have them grow well. Check them regularly to keep them happy.
Tomato plants will need plenty of fertilizer, and a little water when first planted.
All plants need careful pruning.
These are small plants, and it will be easy to note when they have grown to the size that you want them.
Check the plants frequently as they grow. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, and keep the roots warm.
The more water you give your plants, the faster they grow. Too little water, and they stop growing.
So, water your plants regularly during the growing season, rain or not. You can also water with a sprinkler, or hose.
Do not flood the pots, as this could cause damage.
Don't over water your plants, as this can wash the fertilizer away. Keep the water a foot away from the plant, and do not let the plant stand in the water.
If you have a succession of cuttings of the same plants, it is important that the plant is allowed to bloom before the cutting is discarded.
If it flowers first, the top plant is smaller and looks like a cuttings ready to produce a larger plant.
Before flowering, you will need to keep it out of the wind.
At this point, the plant is producing many flowers. Most will be in different stages of development, and are developing at different rates. The flowers are formed in early spring, and are ready to be pollinated.
Keep the dead flowers to allow the plant to go through its life cycle.
As they close, the plant will be using energy to set seed.
It is important to plant in rich, well drained soil that can support the plants from setting seed to harvest.
Most of the season you will need to