Once you have decided which crops and flowers you want in your garden this fallget ready to plant some seeds for winter garden.
When to sow seeds?
For winter harvest sows your seeds as soon as fall begins. For people living in Karachi and Lahore, last week of September and beginning of October is ideal. Read your seed packs to find out more about the temperatures required for germination of seeds. Most of the vegetables will be ready to be harvested in 60-80 days.
Where to sow seeds?
You have three options here. Select according to your skill level and plant requirement.
1.Direct Sow: Some plants do not like to be transplanted. Sow the vegetables/herbs and flowers directly where you plan them to grow.
2.Seed trays: You can start seedlings in seed trays. Plant seeds in individual cells. Latter on you will need to transplant them to bigger container or to the plot.
3.Large containers: It is an alternate of seed trays.
How to sow seeds?
1.Read your seed pack and find out the depth the seed need to be sown.
2.Take a seed tray and cover the drainage holes with a piece of news paper.
3.Fill each cell with a good mixture of soil (70%) and manure/compost (30%).
4.Put the seed on the surface.
5.Cover with sieved manure lightly. ( * most of the vegetables and herbs will be covered ¼ of and inch deep)
6.Water with a soft shower and put it in sun.
7.Do not forget to put tags!
I have used 3 inched seed tray and used wooden sticks as tags. I sowed my seeds on 17thSeptember, 2010. Most of the seedling emerged by the next week. It is time to transplant some of them. Which seeds are you sowing this time?