How to sow: a guide tosowing, from the preliminary treatment of the soil up to the depth to bury the seeds.
There sowing it is performed after having regenerated the fertility of the soil, the soil must be able to best accommodate the new crop both with thesowingboth with the transplant. In small gardens it is preferable to transplant the seedlings rather than sow, this is to overcome the problem of weeds and postpone the start of cultivation for a month in order to have more time available for preparing the soil.
Choosing sowing rather than transplanting (or vice versa) is a decision that can only be made by the grower after careful analysiscosts / benefits. Ready-to-transplant seedlings are much more expensive, on the other hand, starting a crop withsowingrequires more care for weed management; still, thesowingit can give the possibility to anticipate the crops if these take place in a covered environment with a seedbed.
How to sow, the techniques
Sowing can take place in protected cultivation or directly in the open field. In the article "How to sow" we described the techniques of sowing by hand or with a manual seeder, in the ground or in a seedbed, in detail we examined the sowing techniques:
- Broadcast sowing
- Sowing in rows
- Sowing in postarelle
- Belts for sowing
- Sowing in a seedbed
How to sow based on the moon
The moon has always influenced agricultural activities, especially sowing, since the dawn of time. To learn more, please refer to the page dedicated toMoon and sowing.
How to sow, guide to sowing
- What is sowing?
Sowing is the procedure by which the seeds are planted at the right depth and quantity to start a cultivation.
- Prepare the soil for planting
To perform goodsowingit will be necessary to prepare the soil, in particular it will be necessary that the first centimeters of earth are very soft so as to best accommodate the seeds and allow them to germinate. Soft soil manages to hydrate the seed (it is the soil itself that absorbs the water molecules and then gives them to the seed) and protects it.
For the preparation of the soil, please refer to the articleHow to make land fertile,where we explain the plowing and fertilization of the land starting from the structural changes.
- Irrigation and sowing
After sowing, we recommend proceeding with irrigation. Soil irrigation must be gentle, drop or rain, taking great care not to produce crust or erosion.
It is necessary not to proceed with the sowing in dry soil and then irrigate it abundantly because this practice tends to harden the soil and moisturize the soil in an uneven way.
It is necessary notsowon wet ground because there is the risk of mixing the clods of soil together, producing a compacted state that makes it difficult for young roots to grow.
Irrigating after sowing is necessary because the seed needs water to reactivate the metabolism.
How to sow
- After preparing the ground
- Plant the seeds to a depth equal to three times the average seed diameter
- Irrigate gently
How the seeds sprout
From pollination to the formation of the first shoots.