Seed Sowing (Vegetables)

Easy steps for growing from seed with Evette Jungwirth

Get back to basics and plant your own heirloom seeds!

Step 1

Sow the seed directly into the soil.

Step 2

Push into the soil to twice the depth of the seed.

Step 3

Water in well, then keep the soil moist to touch until the seedling emerges.  This can take 1-3 weeks depending on the variety.

Step 4

Protect young seedlings from pests such as slugs and snails. Water and fertilise when necessary.

Growing from seeds is one of the biggest joys of gardening and here at Diggers we encourage everyone to give it a go.

Many varieties do much better if you sow from seed rather than transplant a seedling.  The following fruits and vegies should always be grown from seed:

♦    BEANS
♦    BEETROOT
♦    CARROT
♦    CORN
♦    FENNEL
♦    PARSNIP
♦    PEAS
♦    PUMPKIN
♦    RADISH
♦    ROCKMELON
♦    SILVERBEET
♦    TURNIP
♦    WATERMELON
♦    ZUCCHINI

cool Climate - June

ONION BARLETTA

Early variety onion. This heirloom Italian onion from southern Italy is a versatile addition to the garden. Most popular for pickling, lift from 7 weeks to pickle or leave for a further 9 weeks to mature and develop, then harvest as a white salad or cooking onion. Spring sowing produces smaller bulbs. Mild and quick to harvest.

CHEF'S WINTER SEED COLLECTION

MEMBERS SAVE 30% We have chosen all the seeds you need to grow the ultimate fresh ingredients for winter cooking. Selection includes ready to sow seasonal varieities mizuna RED AND LIME STREAKS, spring onion RED, pak choy GREEN, radish PINK SLIPPER, spinach PERPETUAL, mesclun PROVENCAL, broccoli KAILAAN, parsley CONTENTIAL & watercress LARGE LEAF. Flavoursome and ornamental varieities to warm the cooler winter months. Planting plan included.

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

PEA SNOW YUKOMO GIANT

This Japanese selection is the longest and tallest snow pea. Pods develop up to 14cm long from beautiful purple flowers. Ornamental and tasty. Edible pods.

CORNFLOWER DWARF BLUE

Rich deep-blue double flowers with silvery foliage. Flowers are ideal for cutting. Plant en masse for a bold display. Covers 5m2

POPPY FLANDERS FIELD

Diggers favourite heirloom flower and one of the most widely recognised flowers for its significance in honouring fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It's always one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the battlefields of France, and it's commonly said to symbolise the blood of lost soldiers. Plant this season to be a part of the WW1 commerations. Covers 10 square metres.

BROAD BEAN AQUADULCE

A heavy cropping early strain with fragrant black and white flowers. Wonderful emerald green beans are one of the first treasures of the spring harvest. Tender beans delicous either braised or fresh in salads or dips. Older beans can be blanched and peeled for treasure inside. Plus like all members of the legume family, Broad Beans are one of the most effective green manure crops, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil. Reward your garden and plant a crop today!

PARSNIP HOLLOW CROWN

A smooth skinned variety that has been a favourite since the 1820's. The flavour improves if stored in the soil over winter. Sow in spring in cold climates and in autumn in warmer climates.

BROCCOLI ROMANESCO ORGANIC

A true geometric wonder of the heirloom world. These beautiful lime-green broccoli heads have a delicate flavour and feature a unique spiralling pattern. Ready to harvest 14 weeks from transplant. Heads grow up to 1kg. Does not produce side-shoots.

warm Climate - June

ROQUETTE APOLLO

We love the large round fleshy leaves of Apollo as they spice up salads and are so quick and easy to grow and harvest.

BROAD BEAN AQUADULCE

A heavy cropping early strain with fragrant black and white flowers. Wonderful emerald green beans are one of the first treasures of the spring harvest. Tender beans delicous either braised or fresh in salads or dips. Older beans can be blanched and peeled for treasure inside. Plus like all members of the legume family, Broad Beans are one of the most effective green manure crops, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil. Reward your garden and plant a crop today!

PEA SNOW YUKOMO GIANT

This Japanese selection is the longest and tallest snow pea. Pods develop up to 14cm long from beautiful purple flowers. Ornamental and tasty. Edible pods.

CHEF'S WINTER SEED COLLECTION

MEMBERS SAVE 30% We have chosen all the seeds you need to grow the ultimate fresh ingredients for winter cooking. Selection includes ready to sow seasonal varieities mizuna RED AND LIME STREAKS, spring onion RED, pak choy GREEN, radish PINK SLIPPER, spinach PERPETUAL, mesclun PROVENCAL, broccoli KAILAAN, parsley CONTENTIAL & watercress LARGE LEAF. Flavoursome and ornamental varieities to warm the cooler winter months. Planting plan included.

PARSNIP HOLLOW CROWN

A smooth skinned variety that has been a favourite since the 1820's. The flavour improves if stored in the soil over winter. Sow in spring in cold climates and in autumn in warmer climates.

POPPY FLANDERS FIELD

Diggers favourite heirloom flower and one of the most widely recognised flowers for its significance in honouring fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It's always one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the battlefields of France, and it's commonly said to symbolise the blood of lost soldiers. Plant this season to be a part of the WW1 commerations. Covers 10 square metres.

CORNFLOWER DWARF BLUE

Rich deep-blue double flowers with silvery foliage. Flowers are ideal for cutting. Plant en masse for a bold display. Covers 5m2

TURNIP WHITE MINI

Tender round white roots, stores well. Crisp, beautiful well shaped rounds, ideal for the turnip lover. Harvest in only 7 weeks.

hot Climate - June

DRY SEASON TOMATO COLLECTION

A special collection for our Members gardening in the North of Australia. Delicous short season cherry and dwarf tomatoe varieities which will have your taste buds buzzing. Heirloom favourities including bright BEAMS YELLOW PEAR, productive BARRY'S CRAZY CHERRY the ever reliable TOMMY TOE, dark and rich BLACK CHERRY and ever so sweet PINK BUMBLE BEE. Perfect to grow and produce this dry season.

BEETROOT HEIRLOOM MIX

Green, yellow and red ribbed leaves make a colourful addition to salads, while their roots provide a unique sweet taste. Includes Chioggia, Globe, Golden and White Blankoma.

CARROT PARIS MARKET ORGANIC

A wonderful 19th C French heirloom variety with unusual globe shaped roots. These small round carrots are versatile for the home gardener, growing well in pots, shallow soil and heavy clay. Best eaten when young at a diameter of 5cm.

CABBAGE MINI WOMBOK

A baby Chinese cabbage with crisp, almost white heads to use in salads, stir-fries or pickled for kimchi. Best grown with plenty of water and in rich soil for optimal results. Be sure to keep the slugs and snails away as they like it as much as we do. Quicker to harvest than other cabbages.

CORN PAINTED MOUNTAIN ORGANIC

Saved from extinction by Montana farmer, Dave Christensen, the original strains of this ancient corn were believed to be widely cultivated by native Indians and early American settlers. Painted Mountain is very cold hardy and can be ground for flour or dried for popping. Otherwise it can be grown purely to enjoy the rich tapestry of colours found in every cob.

THE BEE FRIENDLY SEED COLLECTION

This collection includes 4 seed varieties listed in Doug Purdies book 'The Bee Friendly Garden' that is a perfect addition to a summer flowering cottage garden. Attracts the very important pollinators for your vegie patch. The collection includes bee attractant packets of CONEFLOWER PURPLE, CORNFLOWER CLASSIC FANTASTIC, COSMOS WHITE and SWEET ALYSSUM CARPET OF SNOW.

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Evette is a passionate backyard gardener and has been a Diggers Botanical Guide. Over the years she has also headed up the Heronswood Garden Shop, plus our plant, seed and bulb departments, giving her a wealth of knowledge to share with members.
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