HOW TO PLANT
Pour your soil into the jar then lightly water and moisten fresh soil mix. Sow seeds 0.5cm (¼”) deep, lightly covering the seed with a sprinkling of compost. Water well and place at a temperature of 15-20°C.
TIP: Reuse one of the seal-able bags and place over the jar to create moisture and help germinate. Once seeds start to grow you can take this off 🙂
Place in a warm window with a light exposure. Avoid drafty windows or places where temperatures drop considerably at night. As the plants grow, rotate the pots to keep them from leaning in one direction, toward the light. If you are using grow lights, set a timer so that they are on for 14 hours a day. Place the lights a few inches above the seedlings, raising the lights as the plants grow. If the plants look leggy, move the lights closer. If you see white spots on the leaves, the lights are too close. Use scissors to thin crowded seedlings.
If transplanting outside gradually harden off in a coldframe before planting out 20cm (8″) apart once all risk of frost has past . Seeds sown direct outside should be thinned out to 15-20cm (6-8in) apart.
WHEN TO WATER
Water once a day to keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. If the plants start to look crowded as they grow, use scissors to thin them out.
All year round, once 15cm (6″) tall , picking a few leaves from each plant so they regrow quickly.
Young plants can be sown and grown on a windowsill all year round, or you could lift and pot up a small clump in the autumn and place on the windowsill for fresh herbs throughout the winter months.
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