seeds

Look for pots that can be planted into the ground with the seedling.

Seed sowing basics

March 2022

Growing your own seedlings gives you greater diversity and choice in your garden, as well as contributing to the seed saving community that supports the survival of heirloom plants.

Seeds

Planting seed

April 2020

First time sowing seed? Here's some tips from Penny Woodward for new growers to follow, as well as a guide to the plants best grown as seedlings.

Saving leek seeds

How to save seeds

June 2018

As seed company ownership tightens, now's the time to learn how to save your own seed writes Simon Webster. 

Planting the seed

Planting the seed

April 2017

Growing vegies from seed has benefits aplenty, writes Annette McFarlane. 

Julie with Painted Lady bean seeds

Seeds are free

August 2020

Karen Sutherland explains these seeds are available for free, all you have to do is use them to grow food, save those seeds and then share with others.

Purple cabbage

What to plant in February

January 2019

It's horrid weather for planting, says Justin Russell, but try to get some winter crop seeds sown into punnets.

Seeds sown in coir pots

Sowing organic seeds

July 2018

It's life affirming, says Penny Woodward, to plant seed and watch it grow.

How to make straw bale gardens

How to make straw bale gardens

May 2011

They must be the ultimate in lazy gardening. PHIL DUDMAN explains how to turn a simple straw bale into a productive organic garden in seconds flat.

English Spinach

Pick of the spinach

May 2010

Of all the so called ‘spinach’s’, English spinach has the superior flavour and texture according to PHIL DUDMAN and now is the time to plant in most parts of the country.

Spring Onions

Time for Planting Onions

March 2010

From leeks and shallots to red salad onions, the members of the onion family are an incredibly versatile lot and they’re wonderful crops to grow at home too. For most areas, now is the time to sow seed or plant seedlings and it’s particularly urgent in warmer areas where true onions need a long cool growing season to fully develop. PHIL DUDMAN tells you what you need to know to get your crop in the ground.