How To

We all like a comfy bed to sleep in and plants are no different! 

So first of all:

About a week before you plant, fertilise and water your garden bed so that it’s loose, moist and full of nutrients. Fertilisers come in many forms: compost, manure, blood & bone or other organic materials. They’re all effective but if you want to find out more try a web search on “improving soil”.

Mulching is also a good idea. It helps keep the bed free of weeds, improves fertility and protects the precious roots of your plants while also retaining moisture when the sun beats down. Cover the soil generously with materials such as grass clippings, sea weed, straw or bark, or again, try a web search for the best solution to suit your soil.

Tip: Don’t make this too complicated – keeping your soil covered but well aerated should be sufficient. 


Keep the seeds in a cool dry place ­– a large ziplock bag in the crisper of your fridge is perfect. When you’re ready to use them be sure to pierce the blister pack at the top where the date is printed to avoid any damage to the seeds.

Of course you don’t have to prepare your seeds but it does give them a better fighting chance to increase germination rates and germinate faster. Try any of these easy methods: 

  • Pre-soak larger seeds by placing in water and storing in a warm (not hot) position overnight. Plant as soon as you remove them from the water so they don’t dry out.
  • Smaller seeds can be pre-soaked by sandwiching between wet tissue paper or coffee filters. Place in a ziplock bag or cling film to avoid moisture loss and store somewhere warm (not hot) overnight. Plant before they dry out but keep each seed in its own covering of wet paper.
  • Smaller seeds can also be stored in a bottle of warm water overnight then planted by pouring them little by little from the bottle whilst swirling the water to keep the seeds in suspension.

Hint: Seed to Feed blister packs contain all Australian organic heirloom varieties so you’re sure to reap tasty crops that have the very best chance of being naturally pest free. 


How you plant is up to you but you’ll need between 1 to 8 metres of garden space depending on the size of blister pack you have. You can sow your seeds in rows, sections or quadrants, or just spread evenly around the garden.

Intermixing your seeds makes it harder for pests to flourish. The companion plants discourage pests, keeping your garden as naturally pest free as possible.

Uncover the soil beneath the mulch a row at a time and according to the date on the pack plant your large seeds to a depth of 1.5-2 cm, medium seeds at 1-1.5 cm and the smaller ones at 0.5-1 cm. Leave the soil uncovered after planting. Mulch keeps weeds from growing but veggies too if you cover them over!

Remember to water your seeds and plants regularly either early in the morning or late evening when the sun is less harsh.

Tip: If your pack contains climbing peas don’t forget to provide a trellis. 

 

In just a short time you can enjoy the fruits of your labours and save costs on your grocery bill too. Delicious!