garden whispers • 01 • sibrydion gardd

Sow soon, so slow, so so-so

The lambs are leaping and you’re raring to get started sowing seeds for vegetables and flowers. Whoa there a moment! Seeds have an optimum temperature for germination. If the temperature is lower, they may still germinate but erratically and slowly. Seeds are full of nutrients and the longer they stay in the soil without germinating, the more time there is for animals, bacteria and fungi to consume them. Later sown seeds often perform better and faster.  As a rule of thumb ‘hardy’ seeds need at least 7 deg C to germinate. You could:

  • Think about traditional ways to warm the soil first, 
  • Accept that premature sowings may need resowing, 
  • Carry on with other garden jobs until temperatures are on the up.