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Seeds of Success

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Feb 20, 2017
Preparation is key

As I have stressed many times before in my gardening column here, good preparation is key to everything in the garden. And this sentiment could not be any more relevant than when you are talking about seeds and growing plants from seed. 

The success of the plants you hope to grow really comes down to good preparation and taking your time.  You never want to rush yourself when it comes to sowing seeds as if you rush you will find the results just won’t be as good. 

We have just taken delivery of all our seeds here in the CountryLife Garden Centre and as one customer said to me the other day ‘You know it is Spring when you seed the walls of seed back’. The arrival of the seeds in store seems to have put a spark under customers and they are busy preparing for the growing season ahead.

My favorite customers to see coming in to the garden center are those that have a shopping list with them. Just like with food shopping, you should never go seed shopping without a list because you will buy things you don’t want. I always tell people to do a bit of research beforehand and work out what you need to buy. 

Over the last few years I have noticed a distinct trend in people buying perennials and annuals flower seeds to grow at home. In particular a lot of people are thinking about bees when they are choosing their flowers and going for ones that will either attract them to the garden or offer the bees a good source of food. bees to enjoy. Everything from Rudbeckia, Clarkia, to lavender seem very popular and of course sweet pea will always be a firm favourite with Irish gardeners. 

It is not just seeds you should be thinking about buying now though you should also be stocking up on your potting compost as well as seed trays and pots for planting up in. We have a wide range of different options in terms of pot and seed tray sizes so it is easy to pick up ones that will work for you and what you are growing.

We also have a number of small plastic greenhouses and also seed propagators that you can buy to help you along your way to growing your own plants. Many people think you need a purpose built greenhouse or cold frame to grow  your own plants but in reality with these smaller plastic options you get just as good of results. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

We were shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Blog in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 Company Category.