Your backyard is a great place to grow and nurture seeds into life. We can grow our own vegetables to eat, flowers for the bees, or native plants for the birds and native insects.
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Did you know?
- The oldest seed to have grown into a plant was a date palm seed, thought to be 2,000 years old. It was found in 1963 near the Dead Sea.
- The biggest seed belongs to the coco de mer palm tree. The mature seeds weigh up to 17.6 kg.
- One dandelion flower head produces about 200 seeds.
What is a seed?
A seed is a tiny living thing, that is not active until it has the right conditions to grow. A seed has all the food it needs to begin growing, but seeds need our help after they germinate to grow into a healthy plant.
Most seeds germinate underground in dark, moist soil, where there is no sunlight. Once a seed breaks through the soil and unfolds its first leaves, it will need sunlight and water.
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What you need
- Seed raising compost, or soil
- A container to grow your seeds in
What to do
- Put some soil into your container.
- Sow some seeds on top of the soil, and scatter a bit more over the seeds to lightly cover them.
- Gently water your seeds. Not too much or they'll go mouldy. Remember to water every couple of days – seeds need water to grow.
- Put your container somewhere sunny and warm. Don't leave your seeds in the full afternoon sun, as this can quickly dry them out.
- Keep your seeds protected! Wind, rain and frost can damage them.
- Once your seeds have germinated and shoots start to show, carefully lift them out and put them in individual containers with potting mix (or soil).
Get creative with seed growing containers
A selection of items around home can be reused for growing seeds and seedlings. Egg cartons, newspaper pots or used toilet rolls are all good options.
Seedings in newspaper pots
Image: Kerryn Penny ©
Seedlings in egg cartons
Image: Kerryn Penny ©
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