December Seedling Tray Growing Guide

We have created a little guide to help you get the best results out of our December seedlings. Here's to a festive garden! 

TOMATOES

  • Position: Sunny position 
  • Companions: Basil, Marigolds, Mint, Parsley, Dill, Calendula and Borage. 
  • Spacing: 50cm on each side
  • Maintenance: Tomatoes like fresh compost and a good watering. It helps to remove the side shoots near the base to encourage upwards growth. You can also tie the stem to a vertical support or trellis for added support.
  • Harvesting: Pick regularly as soon as the fruits are ripe. This encourages production of more tomatoes.

     

      ROCKET

      • Position: Sun or partial shade. Suits cooler shadier spots in summer.
      • Companions: Beans, Nasturtium, Thyme and Lettuce
      • Spacing: 15cm
      • Maintenance: Relatively low maintenance. Hot weather causes leaves to become very strongly flavoured. Self seeds.
      • Harvesting: Harvest in small batches as required. Once it flowers the leaves become tougher and hotter in taste.

      BRINJAL

      • Position: Full sun
      • Companions: Beans, Marigolds, Echinacea, Tarragon, Pepper and Lettuce
      • Spacing: 40cm each side
      • Maintenance: The plants will need staking or support once they start bearing. Apply a good layer of mulch to keep soil moist. 
      • Harvesting: Fruit will be ready about three months after transplanting. Cut back plants after first fruiting to encourage a second harvest.

      BEETROOT

      • Position: Sun or partial shade
      • Companions: Garlic, Lettuce, Beans, Onion, Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi and Kale.
      • Spacing: 15cm each side
      • Maintenance: Keep well watered in dry weather to help prevent splitting
      • Harvesting: Pull roots when they become plump. Young leaves can also make a great addition to salads.

      CELERY

      • Position: Shade or semi-shade
      • Companions: Chives, Tomato, Beans, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Leek, Garlic, Onion and Onions.
      • Spacing: 20cm
      • Maintenance: Keep moist during dry weather
      • Harvesting: Can cut frequently when required. Harvest just before autumn.

      GREEN PEPPER

      • Position: Full sun or slightly shady spots
      • Companions: Borage, Basil, Marjoram, Oregano and Petunia
      • Spacing: 35cm
      • Maintenance: May need supports if there are large fruit
      • Harvesting: Harvest once they have grown to a good size. Or wait for them to ripen and turn yellow or red instead. 

      LETTUCE

      • Position: Sun or partial shade if north facing. Avoid excess heat
      • Companions: Spring onion, cucumber, beetroots, marigolds, radish
      • Spacing: 10cm on each side
      • Maintenance: Keep soil moist, mulch to maintain moisture if in direct sunlight. Water lightly but consistently.
      • Harvesting: Immediately and ongoing until the plant begins to seed at around 50 to 60 days. Regularly pick bottom most leaves leaving at least 4 leaves on the plant. Picking also encourages growth.

      FORGET-ME-NOT's

      • Position: Sun or semi-shade
      • Companions: Cress, Wild Ginger and Ferns
      • Spacing: 25cm apart 
      • Maintenance: Plant in well drained soil 
      • Harvesting: Pull up the plants before they set seed if you don’t want them to spread too profusely.

      If you have not ordered your own December tray yet, follow this link