The pandemic has allowed people to slow down, spend more time outdoors, and learn new hobbies – such as gardening. For beginner gardeners, growing vegetables has never been easier, especially with a plethora of tips and pieces of advice online and on TV screens.
“But there are just a couple of simple rules to follow.”
Poppy created shallow lines in the soil with her hands, before placing the seeds in the earth.
She explained: “The rule of thumb with seeds is that it needs to be as deep as the seeds girth.
“Sprinkle the seeds as evenly as possible through the row, and cover the seeds really loosely.
“Then, gently firm down so that the seed has got good contact with the compost.”
The horticulturist explained that sowing seeds in May allows them to germinate quickly, as the weather is slightly warmer at this time of year.
She said: “In this warm temperature now that we’re in May, we should see germination within about ten days, which is very quick.
“So, get out in the garden and get sowing.”
Poppy also showed viewers how to create their own forest garden, which is essentially making space in your garden for seven different layers of plants and leaving them to grow wild.
This is beneficial for you as the patch requires little maintenance, but it can also attract wildlife and birds more easily.
Some plants that Poppy recommended growing in a forest garden are a strawberry tree, mint, and lemon balm.
Lemon balm leaves can be used in teas and salads, while mint leaves can be added to cocktails and other drinks or foods.