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How to: plant a seed

Green Lifestyle magazine

It might seem basic, but so few people know how to plant seeds properly, so we asked the Little Veggie Patch Co. guys to share their tips.

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Step 1: If your seeds are hard-shelled, soak them in water overnight to help soften the tough coating.

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Step 2: The spacing of your seed and hole depends on the plant variety. Create holes at a depth twice the size of the seed.

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Step 3: Insert two seeds in each hole.

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Step 4: Backfill, and firm down the hole.

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Step 5: Water thoroughly with an application of seaweed solution. These seeds should not require further watering until they germinate; however, check the soil moisture at the depth of the seeds and, if it is very dry, rewater.

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Step 6: If both seeds germinate, carefully remove the weaker of the two (if the difference is noticeable) by bracing the chosen seedling and prising out the unfortunate one.

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This step-by-step guide is an edited excerpt from The Little Veggie Patch Co.'s Guide to Backyard Farming, by Matt Pember and Fabian Capomolla, Plum/Pan Macmillan, $45.

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It might seem basic, but so few people know how to plant seeds properly, so we asked Matt Pember and Fabian Capomolla from The Little Veggie Patch Co. to share their expert tips.

Step one:

If your seeds are hard-shelled, soak them in water overnight to help soften the tough coating.

Step two:

The spacing of your seed and hole depends on the plant variety. Create holes at a depth twice the size of the seed.

Step three:

Insert two seeds in each hole.

Step four:

Backfill, and firm down the hole.

Step five:

Water thoroughly with an application of seaweed solution. These seeds should not require further watering until they germinate; however, check the soil moisture at the depth of the seeds and, if it is very dry, rewater.

Step six:

If both seeds germinate, carefully remove the weaker of the two (if the difference is noticeable) by bracing the chosen seedling and prising out the unfortunate one.

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This is an excerpt from The Little Veggie Patch Co.'s Guide to Backyard Farming, by Matt Pember and Fabian Capomolla, Plum/Pan Macmillan, $45.