Biointensive seed planting methods

Growing Plants From Seed 

We can no longer be complacent in the anonymity of how we grow our food, or if we can grow it, here is a perfect example of Monsanto's influence. Read here - 

https://www.mo.be/en/analysis/tanzanian-farmers-are-facing-heavy-prison-sentences-if-they-continue-their-traditional-seed

we need to find solutions that helps our bodies and food system for future generations. here is the Biointensive Method - 


How to grow high quality seedlings using the 

Regaining our health and ensuring the soil and what you eat is grown is crucial I'm taking back our own paths in health. Here is the method below. 


1. Use a specific organic seed raising mix or a home-made 
one. All other seed raising mixes contain fungicide 
which will kill all the beneficial microorganisms. These 
micro-organisms are vital for healthy, high Brix* plants.


2. Use a seedling tray that is a minimum of 6−7 cm deep. 
Shallow trays do not provide enough depth to grow the 
best roots.


3. Check seed packets, to ensure you plant 
the seeds at the optimum time for their germination, 
and you understand the best way to plant them. Some 
can be planted close together and then pricked out at 
2.5cm diagonal spacings, others are best scatter sown 
in trays, and then transplanted directly in the garden. P seeds of a similar size in a tray together, so you 
can easily cover them with the correct amount of 
seed raising mix. Cover with the same soil depth as 
the seeds are deep. Too much soil will prevent seeds 
from germinating.


5. Label seeds carefully. Use waterproof pen on strips of 
plastic or wooden sticks.


6. Keep your seeds evenly moist but not too wet. Tiny 
seeds are particularly sensitive to too much moisture as 
they germinate. Use a watering can or sprinkler head 
that allows water to fall like soft rain.


7. Once the seeds begin germinating they must have full 
light conditions or they will grow leggy very fast.


8. Once your seedlings have germinated, with their first 
two leaves above ground, if they are seedlings that need 
pricking out, they must be pricked out into another 
tray at the optimal diagonal spacing for that seedling.

9. Handle the seedlings very carefully by their leaf 
tips only when transplanting. We use a ‘widger’ or a 
teaspoon handle to lift them out of the seed tray to 
transplant them. Plant the seedlings so that the leaves 
are just above the surface of the soil, bury them up to 
their shoulders, so that the stem is covered.


10. All seedlings will need to be protected from wind 
and rain until they are almost ready to plant into the 
garden. Check the seed packets for details on when to 
plant into your garden and at what spacing.


11. Continue to water your seedlings in the way that most 
resembles gentle falling rain.


12. You can use a foliar feed to encourage healthy growth and 
raise the Brix* levels of your plants. EF Nano-Cal or EF Bio-
Cal, or EF Growth Foliar spray, EF Cal Phos or something 
you have made yourself with vermicast or seaweed. You can 
use a refractometer to test what is working.


13. Hardening off your seedlings before transplanting 
into the garden is very important. Place your tray of 
seedlings on an outside but sheltered bench where the 
birds or chickens can’t scratch them out, for 3 days 
prior to transplanting to avoid transplanting shock.


14. Storing your seeds: Seeds are alive and need to be stored 
with care to ensure their viability. It is important to 
store your seeds in a dry cool environment, away from 
sunlight and moisture.


Seed Raising Mix: Seed raising mix should be of a fine 
consistency, with no large lumps or pieces in it. This is 
especially important for fine seeds. Adding 1 teaspoon 
of EF Nano-Cal or lime per tray and a pinch of seedling 
inoculant will be beneficial to all seed raising mixes. We 
add a handful of EF Nature’s Garden if we use commercial 
mix, even organic mixes. The seedlings grow far better.


Make your own: To make your own high quality seed 
raising mix you need 1/3 high quality mineralised compost, 
1/3 sieved free draining aerobic garden soil, and 1/3 sand. 
If you have no high quality compost use half soil, half sand 
and add 1 cup of vermicast per tray, mixed in well. If you’re 
just getting started, or your compost is lacking in minerals 
or biological activity, you can add a handful of EF Nature’s 
Garden to each tray as well.

 

 

1 comment

Cindy

This is amazing thanks guys

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