The Q&A Archives: planting seeds

Question: I purchased some seeds for a mesculin mix. I've never really planted seeds before. Do I just make a row and sprinkle the seeds in there? If I make a hole to plant them, how many seeds per hole? I live in Northern NJ. The instructions say just plant seeds, but not how many.

Answer: Mesculin is a mix of several types of lettuce and greens. The seeds are usually so tiny that it is easier just to broadcast them over the top of the soil and then lightly sprinkle soil or peatmoss over the seeds to keep them moist. When they sprout you can either thin them out if they are too close or you can allow them to grow a few leaves and then harvest some of them to thin the planting out. Each plant will need at least 4" on all sides to grow into maturity so thinning out those that are crowding the others is important. You might as well allow them to grow a few leaves before pulling them out - that way you can add them to a salad (or snack on them while you're in the garden!)


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