November Seedling Tray Growing Guide

Our abundant November tray is bound to give you an incredible amount of produce. We have created a little guide to help you get the best results out of our seedlings. 

SPRING ONION 

  • Position: sun or partial shade
  • Companions: lettuce and beetroot
  • Spacing: 10cm gaps on either side
  • Maintenance: water in dry conditions, keep weed free. They will self-seed if left to flower. Keep them in their small clumps, do not separate into individual plants.
  • Harvesting: 4 to 6 weeks from planting. Harvest is required when they reach store-produce size. Cut at the base just above the soil. Leaving the roots intact will generate new shoots to be harvested a few weeks later.

 

LETTUCE

  • Position: sun or partial shade if north facing. Avoid excess heat.
  • Companions: Spring onion, cucumber, beetroots, marigolds, radish
  • Spacing: 10cm gaps on either 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.

 

BEANS 

  • Position: Full sun
  • Companions: Beetroots, celery, cucumber, radish, peas, nasturtiums.
  • Spacing: 5 to 10cm apart, in rows (keep beans together). Option to provide support in the form of a trellis or fence, but not required.
  • Maintenance: Consistent watering required, especially when pods are budding, mulch to maintain moisture. Water in the morning to avoid fungus. If using a trellis, assist tendrils of the plants to latch onto the trellis by gently wrapping or placing stalks.
  • Harvesting: Ready 30 to 40 days after planting seedlings. Pick or snap beans when the pods are young and tender, before the seeds begin to bulge and grow fleshy.

 

BUTTERNUT 

  • Position: Full sun
  • Companions: Beans, peas, corn, marigolds, nasturtiums, radish.
  • Spacing: 10cm apart, altogether. They take up a lot of space, each vine has the potential of growing 4.5m long, so ensure there is length for them to run.
  • Maintenance: Keep well-watered but not soggy. Ensure the bed is weed free. Protect young plants from slugs and snails using fire ash sprinkled around the outside of the beds, enclosing them.
  • Harvesting: Ready 90 to 100 days after planting seedlings. The squash will store longer if left on the vine. Pick when the skin has become thick and hardened, usually when it is difficult to pierce with a thumbnail. Each vine can yield up to 20 squash if properly maintained.

 

MELON

  • Position: Full sun. The hotter the sweeter the melon.
  • Companions: Beans, kale, chives, broccoli, spinach.
  • Spacing: Don’t crowd your melons. Use raised beds or mounds, spacing 2 feet apart.
  • Maintenance: Water heavily, but not during ripening. Keep the leaves lush by soaking the soil or using a drip system. During the final weeks, excess water dilutes the sugar content.
  • Harvesting: Ready 50 to 90 days after planting seedlings. Pick at peak ripening, when there is a fruity aroma and slight softening of the rind. Knocking on the melon and hearing a hollow sound indicates ripeness.

 

CUCUMBER 

  • Position: Full sun with warmth and lots of light.
  • Companions: Beans, brassicas, celery, corn, kohlrabi, lettuce, tomatoes.
  • Spacing: 2 to 3 feet apart in a row. If using a trellis, space plants 1 foot apart. Mounds or raised beds can also serve them well.
  • Maintenance: Cucumbers require fertile soil, use compost before planting. Keep the soil moist and well-drained with consistent watering, but ensure it is not soggy and compact. Use mulch or straw over the beds. Keep pests out by using a natural insecticide.
  • Harvesting: 40 to 60 days after planting seedlings. Don’t let cucumbers get too large or they will become bitter. Harvest when they are 6 to 8 inches long. They are best picked when the skin becomes green, firm and crisp.

 

PURPLE BASIL

 

  • Position: Full or partial sun.
  • Companions: Tomatoes (top companion), peppers, root vegetables, marigolds.
  • Spacing: 15 to 20 cm apart in rows or intercropped with companion plants.
  • Maintenance: Keep the soil moist and use mulch to maintain moisture. Keep weed free.
  • Harvesting: As soon as the plant has up to 6 leaves, they are ready to harvest. Pick the bottom-most leaves, leaving at least 3 leaves on a plant. The more you pick, the more they grow. Prune branches that have 6 to 8 leaves. When flowers appear 4 to 6 weeks after planting, pick them off to maintain a longer harvesting time. The seeds and flowers can also be eaten.

 

MARIGOLDS 

  • Position: Full sun.
  • Companions: Basil, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, squash, melons, tomatoes.
  • Spacing: 15 to 20 cm apart.
  • Maintenance: Ensure the soil is well-drained and kept moist, but not consistently wet. Use mulch and compost prior to planting and cover with wood-chips or straw.
  • Harvesting: The flowers can be used in salads and are ready to pick when in full bloom. Leaving them intact will attract beneficial insects and pollinators like bees.