Get­ting started

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Start with a few pots filled with qual­ity potting mix. Salad greens need plenty of wa­ter, so a potting mix like Yates Pro­fes­sional, with added soil wet­ters and wa­ter-stor­ing crys­tals, will help keep them hy­drated. And Yates Tus­can Edge pots, with a self-wa­ter­ing reser­voir in the base, are very for­giv­ing if you oc­ca­sion­ally for­get to wa­ter.

Sprin­kle a layer of Yates Black Magic Seed Rais­ing Mix on top of the potting mix to pro­vide the right base to get the seeds go­ing. Then sow seeds ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions on the pack. Don’t bury them too deeply: small seeds are usu­ally sown at, or close to, the sur­face. Keep the seeds con­sis­tently moist while they’re ger­mi­nat­ing. The eas­i­est way to do this with small seeds like let­tuce is to mist spray with a hand atom­iser. If you use a hose or wa­ter­ing can, make sure the wa­ter flow is gen­tle - oth­er­wise your seeds will be flooded out of the pot!

For more in­spi­ra­tion on grow­ing your own food in the gar­den this spring, don’t for­get to visit the Yates web­site and click through to Hamish Dodd’s blog where you can fol­low Hamish’s gar­den­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pete with him in his tomato grow­ing chal­lenge!

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