August Flower Kit - Grow Together
August & September Flower Kit Video
Please note - the camera blew over and I didn't realise at the end of the video so please see notes below for the rest of what I said. I couldn't re-record as I was finished before I realised!
....I'm going to cover the seeds that need covering in 5mm of compost sprinkled over them. Then water with a fine rose on your watering can. Cover them over with a plastic propagator lid if you have one, and then either place into the greenhouse or onto a windowsill until they germinate (anywhere from 7-21 days normally). If they are inside, as soon as they start to germinate, move them out to the greenhouse/a sheltered spot outside and when they have their first 2 true leaves, prick them out (video above) and leave them to grow on until we plant them out in the garden - before our first frost.
Link to work out your first frost date:
I will personally be sowing my August seeds on 29th August. I know it’s hard to wait when you’re excited to get going (!) but if we sow to soon, we risk our plants bolting to try and flower this summer with tiny little flowers instead of putting on some bulky growth, over-wintering then really going for it with super-flower-power next Spring. So, our aim is to sow, ready to plant out into the garden in October before the first frosts come. I’m in Surrey so if you’re in Scotland or a lot further North than me, go for it any time from mid-August.
You can use the sowing video shown above if you start before me, otherwise, I’ll record a ‘live sowing’ video on 29th August – so set aside 30th August if you want to watch the videos then grow alongside me. If you’re going away, a few days either side won’t make a difference and don’t sow just before you’
As well as the video, I’ve also included very simple instructions here and inside your packs so you have a summary of the preferences each seed has for its sowing and growing – and an idea of spacing so you can think about where in the garden then will eventually end up.
All seeds should be sowed mid-late August. I have let you know below if seeds can be sowed directly into the garden or started off under cover. My personal preference is to always sow some indoors as well as out so I have ‘back-ups’ in case weather/slugs/non-germination happens with those direct-sowed into the ground. If grown under cover, prick them out when they have their first two true leaves and then in October, we’ll be planting them out into the ground before the first frosts (except Lupins). If direct sowed, thin them out at this stage to half their final spacing and then to their final spacing in the Spring. Videos to come, but this is a simple handy guide for easy reference. Plant spacing is closer than you’d normally see for cutting rather than landscaping, this is for maximum number of flowers!
With all seeds, sow, then water seed tray from below by adding water to a tray/sink and placing the tray in the water for 20-30 minutes or from above using fine rose on watering can. Keep moist but not soaked.
Sprinkle seeds onto soil then gently firm in with hand or back of another seed tray. Light aids germination so do not cover seeds when sowing. Final spacing – 22cm. Height – 1.2m so place at the back of border, will need staking.
Can be directly sowed out into the garden. Sprinkle seeds onto soil. Dark aids germination so cover with roughly 5mm soil then gently firm in with hand or back of another seed tray. Final spacing – 15cm. Height 90cm.
Can be directly sowed out into the garden or started indoors. Sprinkle seeds onto soil. Cover very lightly with soil then gently firm in with hand or back of another seed tray. Final spacing – 22cm. Height – 90cm so place at the back of border, will need staking.
Will bloom in June/July.
Place seed in the freezer for a week before sowing! Can be directly sowed out into the garden. Sprinkle seeds onto soil. Dark aids germination so cover with roughly 5mm soil then gently firm in with hand or back of another seed tray.
Final spacing – 15cm. Height -1.2m so place at the back of border, will need staking.
Sprinkle seeds onto soil. Dark aids germination so cover with roughly 5mm soil then gently firm in with hand or back of another seed tray. Prick out when two true leaves are showing and then grow on in a cool environment (15-20 C is ideal) – ie NOT in your greenhouse during the day! Over-winter under cover eg in greenhouse or coldframe then plant out in early Spring. Please note: poisonous if eaten. Final spacing – 22cm. Height – 1m so place at the back of border, will need staking.