Home Gardening Tips for March and April

Planting For Food and Flower Gardens This Summer

It is a perfect time to grow food and flowers at home to enjoy your own glorious summer garden, so get out your Seed Pantry seeds and bulbs and start planting!

We want to do everything we can to help, so we’ll be bringing you weekly/monthly tips on what to do, just stay tuned to our Instagram account and this blog!

Here’s what you can do this month in your food and flower gardens 🏡

Flowers 🌼

💐 Now is a great time to start potting up Dahlia tubers. Doing this will help them get a head start and flower sooner for you. Keep frost-free in pots and  plant them out in May where you want them to flower. We have a whole range of dahlias available right now in the Grow Club so come and have a look!

Check out our ‘How to plant and grow Dahlias‘ blog to find out more!

💐 There is still time to sow sweet pea seeds too! Start them in 9cm pots with up to 3 seeds per pot and they will germinate in a few weeks! To help growth, it can be beneficial to pinch out sweet pea grow tips at about 15cm tall. This encourages strong side-branching for flowering.

Now is also the time to buy many other summer bulbs for planting, including Begonias, Nerines, Gladioli, Crocosmia, Tigridia, Anenome, Ranunculus and more…sign up to the Seed Pantry Grow Club for monthly boxes to choose.

Food 🥗

The time is now to start your veg patch and sowing food seeds indoors. You can sow these seeds now on your windowsills to get them started!

🥗 Fruiting vegetables can be started in mini propagators such as tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines. Once these geminate and are around 4 weeks old, they can be potted on into 9cm pots, and then at 15cm tall plant into final positions.

For beetroot, chard, broad beans, peas, leeks, kale and sprouting broccoli, these should be started in trays for planting outside in May.

Need some more help getting started!? Check out our blog ‘How to start growing your own vegetables’ for more!

🥗 For leafy greens, spring onions, pak choi, mustards and mizuna,  you can start sowing these into trays for planting outside later also.

We have another blog helping with these too! Check out ‘Growing Fresh Leafy Green Salads’ for more!

🌿 For herbs like basil, parsley, coriander, chives, these can be started in pots or mini propagators on your windowsills now too. It’s great to have fresh ingredients in arms reach!

Need a hand choosing what herbs to grow? We have a list of our favourites here ‘Top 10 best herbs to start growing’

That is all, for now, folks – stay tuned to our Instagram account and we will have some more tips and reminders next week! 😁

Seed Pantry

 

Staying at home and COVID-19

Seed Pantry

Updated 30/03/2020

Hi, We have put together an update from us about your gardens, coronavirus, staying at home and deliveries running as normal.

We are going to make sure everyone has their garden spaces looking great!

With the recent developments around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we will be working through this period to make sure you can still enjoy your outdoor spaces and have Seed Pantry activity kits and subscriptions to make your garden spaces great!

We have our small team carefully in place and physically distancing, at home and in the warehouse and we will work hard to make sure you have everything you need.

Government advice on staying at home

At Seed Pantry we love to champion the benefits of being in your garden spaces for general health and wellbeing. The Government advice is this: If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden. See full government update on staying at home here. So now you can indulge in making your garden the best space this summer.

Royal Mail deliveries – running as normal

Royal Mail, our main delivery service, is operating as normal and lots of our packages fit through the letter box too. We also don’t send signed for parcels generally, so no need to answer the door.

Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus. See full Royal Mail update here. If a parcel won’t fit through your letterbox, Royal Mail will place your item at your door and knock on your door, they will then step aside to a safe distance while you retrieve your item securely. If you are unable to get to the door a card will be left advising other ways to get your parcel, for example asking friends or family to collect it on your behalf.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please let us know! 

…and with any further developments, we will keep you updated.

So get out in your garden spaces and enjoy them.

Ready, steady, grow!

We love you and stay safe.

The Seed Pantry team

Contact us: support@seedpantry.co.uk

Growing Fresh Leafy Green Salads

No garden space is complete without the addition of delicious fresh leafy greens. From lettuce to kale, leafy greens come in all colours, shapes, sizes, textures and flavours. They enjoy the cooler early Spring season and so now is the perfect time to grow them!  This is why healthy salads are a key theme in this month’s Seed Pantry Grow Club boxes.

Leafy Greens couldn’t be easier to start growing too! Most can even be grown indoors or outdoors, in small spaces too, so they are perfect for your kitchen gardener no matter what size space you have!

Let’s run through a quick guide on how you can start growing your own healthy Leafy Green Salads!

1) The best way to start your Leafy Greens is indoors now (March). This will avoid any bad weather or late frosts that can kill or damage the plants. Use trays/small pots or composts discs to start the seedlings off.

2) Sow seeds or scatter over a tray with about 8-10cm depth of compost. Sow seeds at around 1cm deep or you can simply add a 1cm layer compost on top of the seeds if easier. Gently water the soil until moist but not too wet (you don’t want to dislodge the seeds with a great torrent!). You can water the base layer first and just add a little to the top 1cm layer after. 

3)  It should take around 7-14 days for the seeds to germinate. After a further 15 days, you can thin the seedlings by removing some of the plants if they are too tightly packed together, this helps remaining plants grow bigger to their full size (you can check spacing guides on seed packets).  Or you can leave them tightly packed for baby leaf salads. After a total of 30-50 days, most leafy greens should be ready to harvest! Fresh crops for the kitchen table!!

4) For lettuce plants, you can cut the leaves you want for a meal, around 2.5cm above the base of the plants with scissors or a sharp knife. Your plants will grow more leaves for you 2 or 3 times. This is known as cut-and-come-again.

From mid-April, you will also be able to sow directly outside into patches or containers. Follow the same steps for indoor planting and they should also germinate in 7-14 days and be ready to harvest from 30 days!

So as you can see, it really is not that hard! Now the question is, what leafy greens should you start planting?! Probably the best place to start would be with lettuce , spinach and rocket as they are an easy and tasty way to start out. From there you can move on to kale, chard, and even oriental style leafy greens!

We have a whole range in the Grow Club this month, so come check them out and start your journey unto the leafy green world! 😁

Seed Pantry Team

How to plant and grow Dahlias

The delights of the Dahlia season are back at Seed Pantry! We cannot be more excited to get these planted. If you need a hand getting your Dahlias started from the Grow Club, here is our grow guide!

When the last frosts are behind us you can go for planting them directly outside in final growing positions – borders or large containers (40cm+ wide). If you plant them early in March, this will help them get a head start and growing, do this in pots around 3 litres in size and keep them frost-free by placing undercover or protected outside. 

How to plant and grow dahlias

1. Generally starting dahlias early should go in containers that you keep frost-free, then plant them out in final positions around mid-May.  Or from May plant them directly where you want them.

2. Plant dahlias with each bunch of tubers generally spread out a little and lying horizontally around 12cm deep, if it’s a tight bunch of tubers simply pop them in at the required depth. Then loosely add general potting compost. You mix in a few handfuls of sand/grit to help with drainage.

3. Cover the tubers, add a splash of water and wait for the magic to happen! Position early plantings outdoors in a frost-free area.  Transplant the early plantings in May to final growing positions in borders or containers.

4. Dahlias can be tall plants with large flowers, at 1m+, some support or stakes may be needed to avoid them toppling over. They need watering regularly during dry summers, every 2/3 days. You can also add a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks for top-notch flowers that keep on blooming all summer (tomato feed).

Seed Pantry Team