Bring a bit of plant life indoors with this step-by-step guide for growing a variety of herbs.
To grow herbs from seed, such as basil and parsley, fill seed trays with peat based compost.
©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
To avoid disturbing roots when planting out, sow seeds into large-module trays that provide space for the seedlings to develop. Use peat-based compost.
Fill seed trays with peat based compost. Use the water spray to wet the seed trays. Place two or three seeds in each cell of the seed tray and cover with plastic to keep soil moist.
Make hollows in the compost at the correct depths, and sow seed into them. Cover with compost, water, and cover the trays with clear plastic to keep moist. Keep the trays at the required temperature.
Water the top of the seed tray lightly as needed until the herb seeds germinate. Do a little thinning of the seedlings that are weaker, leaving one seedling in each cell of the tray.
Seeds germinate at different rates, so check often. As soon as seedlings appear, remove any covers, and keep them warm. Thin them as they grow to leave the single strongest plant per module. Harden off and plant out.
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