Nursery Soil

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The decision to wether to put the seed in the nursery or not can taken by keeping the following things in mind:

  1. The size of the seed. If the seeds are too small, it is difficult to sow them at uniform distances and they can easily get lost. or eaten by worms, insects, birds.  In such cases, we prefer to start the seed in the nursery and transplant outside once the first leaves appear.
  2. If you are not sure of some seeds growing in your place, and you only have a few to try out, better to do it the nursery. That way you can take care of your plant and save the seeds for propagation.

Recipe for nursery soil:

  1. 1 part good soil from an existing bed
  2. 1 part freshly sieved compost
  3. 1 part coarse sand

If the garden soil is already too sandy, mix equal parts of only the soil and the compost.
Seeds have enough nutrients stored in them to germinate, therefore seeds do not need to be planted into a very rich soil in a nursery.

Things to take care:

Air
Keep the soil moist but not wet. Too much water in the soil doesn’t leave space for air/oxygen.
Also, don’t plant the seed too deep in the soil.

Drainage
Sand is added to the soil mix to facilitate good drainage and prevent water getting clogged in the soil.

Warmth
The filtered sun rays from the nursery roof will keep the seeds/seedlings warm but not burn/dry out as direct sunlight would.

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