Do's and Don’ts of Sowing Seeds

Follow these sowing guidelines for a successful start to your growing season and enjoy abundant veggies throughout the year.

| April 2018

  • How, where and when you raise seeds depends on the variety and its specific climatic needs.
    Photo by PixaBay/StockSnap
  • “SowHow” by Paul Matson and Lucy Anna Scott break down the key steps of sowing, planting, and harvesting each featured vegetable.
    Cover courtesy Pavilion

SowHow, (Pavilion, 2017) by Paul Matson and Lucy Anna Scott features a fresh bright design and clear-cut instructions, it includes entries on more than 30 easy-grow vegetables to sow throughout the seasons, form kale to runner beans and carrots to cucamelons. Matson is a visual designer he uses beautiful design and clever infographics to simplify gardening and help first –time gardeners produce first-class vegetables. Scott is a writer with an artistic interest in stories that explore how plants, trees, and landscapes help us better understand ourselves. The following excerpt is from the “Things to Know” section.

How, where and when you raise seeds depends on the variety and its specific climatic needs. Seed packets help guide you as  to  which  of  these  growing  methods  you  need  to  adopt.


Starting seeds indoors creates a longer growing season because you can sow while waiting for the weather to warm up. It also offers protection and a controlled environment - especially heat. Get seeds going indoors ('under cover') by sowing seeds into a pot or tray. Then 'transplant' seeds to their final growing location later on.

Windowsill: Offers a warm, sunny spot for a plant's early life.

Propagator: Heated or unheated - can provide a moist, warm, consistent environment.


Sowing seeds 'directly' outside, where they grow to full-size plants, is more straightforward but your seeds (and young seedlings) are exposed to changes in the weather and to mice and birds. However, some crops, like carrots, dislike being moved - so for them, this method is the best option. Avoid growing frost-tender plants outdoors until risk of frost has passed.



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