Sowing in seedbeds, the guide

Sowing in a seedbed: all the instructions for sowing your favorite plants in a protected environment (heated or cold seedbed). Guide to making a do-it-yourself seedbed.

Theresowing in seedbedsallows you to start your own crops at home, ensuring theseedsthe optimal conditions for germination. The process ofgerminationit may seem complex (in fact for nature it is), but the act ofsowingit is extremely simple, especially inseedbed.

Sowing in a seedbed

Theresowing in seedbedslets you choose any type ofcultivarbecause inseedbedit is easier to control the conditions of the soil and the temperature.

It is not difficult to self-produce seedbed trays, moreover they exist on the marketseedbedsat controlled temperature (heated seedbeds) and with additional lights, suitable for the germination of the most demanding seeds.

Regardless of the type of plant you want to grow, you can start thesowingin any container using the latter asseedbed.

You just need theseedbedhas a depth of at least 3 cm, while for plants that develop their roots early we recommend the use of aseedbedat least twice as deep (6 cm).

Those who want to limit the cultivation work to a minimum and provide for the transplant directly, will have to choose aseedbedlarge enough to accommodate the seedling up to the optimal development for transplanting. Seedlings usually need to be transferred fromseedbedto a pot (planting or planting) when they have developed several true leaves.

How to sowin the seedbed

Individual containers are preferable to use asseedbedsbecause they allow to disturb the roots as little as possible.

In common containers (when aseedbedaccommodates more seeds) the development of a root system could disturb the growth of the next seedling. Not only that, the planting work also becomes more difficult: the roots could intertwine during development.

Heated seedbed

Theresowing in seedbedshas the advantage of making crops always possible, creating, in a small space, the microclimate necessary for plant growth.

For the more demanding seeds it is possible to add athermostatable to regulate and keep the temperature stable. It is possible to build a DIY heated seedbed but, those who have the ambition to sprout a few plants, can easily find them on the market. In fact, small heated seedbeds are not very expensive. On Amazon you can buy good models with a budget of 30 - 40 euros. For information, please refer to the useful links at the end of the page.

Biodegradable seedbeds

THE biodegradable seedbeds, such as jars of compressed peat or organic cardboard, facilitate the planting phase because for the plant the plant (already well developed) includingseedbed.

The photo above shows biodegradable jars with newly developed plants still to be thinned. It is important to plant a jar for each plant and to continue with the planting of the entire pot only when the root system of the plant is well developed and has largely filled the space available in the pot.

How are biodegradable seedbeds planted?

When the panta is well developed and ready for planting, all you have to do is dig a hole the size of the jar and bury the jar bringing the soil level to the height of the plant's collar.

The jars or i seedbedstraditional must be removed before planting the seedling, but they have the advantage that they can be reused over and over again. In theory apolystyrene seedbed or plastic, it was born as a disposable accessory… but in practice, both polystyrene and good quality plastic are rigid enough to withstand multiple crop cycles, sowing after sowing.

On the contrary, i biodegradable seedbeds over time they will deteriorate in the soil, enriching the soil structure as well. THE biodegradable seedbeds they are not very expensive, you can buy them at agricultural consortia, garden centers or on the web. On Amazon, a convenience size package offers 96 biodegradable jars at a price of 9.59 euros with free shipping. For all information on the product, I refer you to "this Amazon page “.

Homemade seedbeds

To realizeDIY seedbedsyou can recycle milk cartons and many other types of plastic containers, just follow a general rule: if you want to continue a first development of the plant inside theseedbed, you will have to make drainage holes directly on the bottom of the tray.

On the other hand, if you just want to sprout the seeds and then transfer the cotyledon into a jar, you won't even need to drill the drain holes.

To self-produce abiodegradable seedbedyou can use uncolored cardboard, toilet paper rolls or other types of food paper. Remember that the paper used must be stiff enough to accommodate the soil. Whensown in seedbeds, never let the soil dry out completely.

An excellent alternative tosowing in seedbedsis given by belt seeding, even in this case there is no shortage of do-it-yourself solutions, in this regard we refer you to the article DIY belt seeds.

Sowing in seedbed ready for use

For the sake of completeness, we point out some examples of good quality seedbeds.

TOthis Amazon pageyou will find 3 honeycomb containers with 3 transparent trays to cover the crops and create greenhouses. The price for threeseedbedsuseful for thesowingof 120 seedlings, is 9.59 euros and free shipping. A similar model is found in version heated (just type "heated mini greenhouse") and you can buy it with about 32 euros.

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