Advice on Sowing and Planting
These tips will simplify gardening in your modular garden.
Vegetables that you can plant directly into your modular garden :
leafy lettuce, mesclun, green onions and radishes.
Vegetables that should be placed in your modular garden as plants :
Swiss chard, kale, head lettuce, onions, arugula, eggplant, ground cherries, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
Correct soil temperature :
make sure the temperature of the soil is suitable before sowing or planting. To do this, use a soil or compost thermometer.
Plants requiring a potting soil between 12 to 15°C : lettuce, onions, green onions, parsnip, radishes, garden chervil and curly parsley.
Plants requiring a warm soil, between 17 to 20 ° C: eggplant, Swiss chard, kale, cucumber, zucchini, beans, chillies, peppers, arugula, tomatoes, basil, coriander and summer savory.
What are the different ways to sow?
- • in a line
- • on the fly, the seeds are distributed without order
- • in a pocket, grouping 3 to 5 seeds
What are the best weather conditions?
To sow : anytime, except when it’s raining or it’s too hot to work.
To plant : choose a day that is not too hot, cloudy if possible. If this is not possible, plant in the morning or in the evening.
How to sow and plant in a modular garden?
If you are sowing : fill the container with potting soil up to the base of the dark strip located at the top of the container, lightly pack it down, sow and water.
If you are planting : fill the container halfway. After removing the plants from their pots, place them so that the top of their root ball is level with the base of the dark strip located at the top of the container. Complete filling by lightly compacting and then water.
How to properly pack the soil?
You should use the tips of your fingers rather than the palm of your hand. Using your fingers, you can effectively pack the soil while creating microcavities, which will allow water to penetrate the soil. If you use the palm of your hand, the result is not as good, as you create a more compact layer on the top, which makes it difficult for the water to seep into the soil
Why should you leave a space between the edge of the container and the top of the soil?
This is what specialists call the watering margin. If you fill the tubs of your modular garden to the top, no room will be available for the water when you water. The margin should be approximately 3 centimeters (± 1 inch).
Do you need to add compost on the bottom of your modular garden?
Some specialists recommend adding compost at the bottom of the container before placing the soil. The most effective method when using a modular garden is the following: place 4 to 5 cm of potting soil (1 to 2 inches), to which you add a 2 to 3 cm (approximately 1 inch) layer of compost; mix everything and fill as previously indicated. If you want to avoid managing several types of substrates during the season, use natural fertilizers that you spread on top of the potting soil whenever necessary. Watering will release the nutrients and enter the plants through the roots.