Flipping all year long

Today is Pancake Day! Also called Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday if you take part in Lent. It’s traditionally a day to eat up all sorts of yummy things in your house that you are promising not to eat during Lent, like chocolate. It’s a long month if you’re giving up your junkiest habit so first of all you need to eat a shed-load of pancakes.

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Using a propagator with children to germinate seeds.

Setting up your propagator for germination

If your propagator does not have pots you can easily make them from newspaper.

Fill your pots with a light seed compost(if your compost has dried out spray gently with water, this may take a little time to get moist again.) Please check that it does not contain peat. Firm gently.

What seeds are you planting?

Seeds where you want to produce small plants for pricking out and planting on eg cabbage, chard, broccoli, kale and leeks can have 3-4 seeds in a 2cm pot. The first 2 leaves you will see on ‘greens’ are ‘seed leaves’ ot cotyledons. When they have 4-6 proper leaves (or with leeks when they are about 10cm tall) these can be planted on into larger pots or outside to grow into full sised vegetables.

Seeds for root crops, carrots, radishes, parsnips 2 seeds per pot and when they grow remove and throw away the weakest leaving one plant. These crops are more difficult to plant out and sometimes are better planted directly outside.

Grandpa Swede always starts his peas and beans in a propagator as they love the warmth and moisture when they first start to grow. Press one ‘seed’ per 2cm pot into the compost. Broad beans can go out before the frost has passed but French and Runner beans are not frost resistant…look on the seed packet for advice.

Ask us if you are not sure fun@secretseedsociety.com

When you have finished sowing water well and cover with the lid. Place on a sunny windowsill and keep a watch for the plants to come poking through.