How to make the perfect seedbed
1 Roughly dig over the area you want to sow into using a spade. Remove all traces of weeds and woody roots – don’t worry at this stage if the soil forms into clumps because they’ll break down later. Leave the bed for at least a day so that the soil surface dries out a little.
2 Once the soil is drier, break down any clumps of earth using the back of a fork or rake. Clods are bad news for seeds because they can prevent good contact with the earth. Whack the soil with the fork or rake – you’ll be out of puff, but that’s a sign you’re doing it right!
3 You may now need to leave the soil a few more hours, again so that the surface can dry out. Once it’s workable, rake it over thoroughly – your seedbed will now really take shape. Rake repeatedly until all stones are removed and you’re left with a fine, crumbly bed.