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How to sow seeds this spring to save on food costs

Did the blockade give you a good taste of life?How to sow seeds this spring, save on food costs and enjoy the fruits of your work

Seeds of Success: There are many tomato varieties, including the properly named Moneymaker

This is the month when a person with a green finger buys seeds and knocks out £ 100 from the annual purchase price.

But this year’s sowing of tomatoes and peppers doesn’t just save money. Developing gardening skills can be therapeutic, and this practical pursuit is a recommended activity to help overcome the stress caused by the blockade.

It is convenient to have a garden large enough to accommodate a vegetable field or greenhouse, but it is not absolutely necessary. All you really need to get started is the kitchen window shelf space.

Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the Royal Horticultural Society, said:

He recommends sowing seeds in a heated propagator. This warms the soil enough to trick the plants into making them think that spring has come early. Electric plug-in propagators cost only £ 20, but Barter sees a better option with an LED “grow light” that mimics sunlight.

These cost over £ 50. He adds: ‘Shallow seed trays are ideal for breeders. For tomatoes, consider using sowing compost and covering it with a thin layer of vermiculite, a natural mineral that retains water and aids germination.

This germination process should begin within a week when the tomato seedlings begin to break through the soil.

Shortly thereafter, the plants can be placed in 4-inch wide pots. There, several leaves appear and can be grown to a height of about 8 inches. Next, you need to replant it in a 12-inch container or tomato growing bag. Seeders may be able to plant tomatoes in the greenhouse or outdoors by May.

There are many popular tomato varieties available at gardening centers such as Gardener’s Delight and the well-named Moneymaker. But also consider rare varieties. Online dealers such as the Plants of Distinction allow gardeners to order without leaving the house – posting seeds to them. Tomatoes come in all colors, not just red, but green, yellow, and even “sinister dark meat.”

Sarah Missing of the Plants of Distinction said: ‘This year we have challenged with some rare tomato varieties that are not available due to import restrictions. But it doesn’t have to stop you having some fun. For example, strangely shaped tomato banana legs sell like pancakes, but delicious cherry tomato favorites such as Golden Cherry and Sun Cherry Premium are also popular. Prices for such seed varieties start at around £ 2 for about a dozen, but you can harvest 3 kilograms of fruit per plant. Shoppers can pay more than £ 5 for a kilogram of viticulture tomatoes, saving up to £ 100 from six plants.

Producers aren’t just saving cash. They can also enjoy the fruits of their labor with crops that are much tastier than supermarket tomatoes. When it comes to peppers, anyone looking for something to spice up their dishes should consider colorful options such as white, purple, orange and red pepper sequins. These cost £ 2.75 for 10 packets from the Plants of Distinction, plus £ 2.95 for shipping.

Carolina Reaper is considered to be the hottest pepper on the planet. Seeds can be purchased from specialists such as South Devon College. A pack of 20 costs £ 5 and costs £ 1. Chili peppers are also versatile. At the end of the season, what you haven’t eaten can be used to make pickles and sauces.

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How to sow seeds this spring to save on food costs How to sow seeds this spring to save on food costs

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