prOdUCt reviews: SOWING KITS (February 22)

Time to get sowing so let’s take a look at this range of sowing kits and accessories you might find useful

BEST BUY
SEED SOWING SET

This set includes four different bottle top roses to add to plastic bottles for watering, a dibber and widger set, a seed sower, a permanent marker pen, 50 x 12.7/5in white labels , 50 jiffy pellets full of
fertilisers for seeds and cuttings, two economy 5cm/2in deep seed trays and two economy seed tray covers and one pack of ‘Gardener’s Delight’ tomato seeds.

TWO WESTS & ELLIOTT
www.twowests.co.uk
TEL: 01246 451077
PRODUCT CODE: SOPROFSSS
PRICE: £24.99

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KG VERDICT
This sowing kit contains a comprehensive suite of items to get your sowing off to a great start. You will find the bottle top roses really useful for watering in seeds, and then the seedlings after germination. The widger will help with pricking out and the dibber for potting on seedlings once they are ready to be lifted. The pellets are a simple and effective way too of starting seeds off and can be placed in the trays provided. These come with plastic lids to create unheated propagator conditions. With labels, a pen and even tomato seeds, you will have everything you need to get sowing.

TOP PICK
HEATED WINDOWSILL PROPAGATOR

This EarlyGrow Heated 3-Bay Windowsill Propagator is made of strong plastic with a shatterproof lid. With the capillary mat and tray the propagator can be self-watering if needed. It has a built in 12 watt heater creating a temperature between 16-19C/60-66F. The unit measures 54.5 x 21.5 x 14.5cm (21½ x 8½ x 5¾in)

HARROD HORTICULTURAL
www.harrodhorticultural.com
TEL: 0333 400 1500
PRODUCT CODE: GPR-044
PRICE GUIDE: £38.95

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KG VERDICT
This heated propagator will fit neatly on to most windowsills and is a great way to get your seeds germinating that little bit earlier. The seeds trays give you plenty of capacity for a range of plants – we started off some tomatoes, courgettes and cucumbers. The latter came up within a couple of days. If you are away for a few days you can take the self-watering option by filling the reservoir and wetting the capillary mat – water will be drawn up into the trays automatically. A neat but capacious propagator, perfect for the windowsill.

TOP PICK
ROWLEY RIPPLE WATERING CAN

This two-pint metal watering can has a long curved spout and a removable oval non-drip brass rose watering delicate seedlings and small plants. Available in a range of colours.

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HAWS
haws.co.uk
TEL: 0121 420 2494
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £44.99

VERDICT
This is an elegant watering can for seedlings and plotted plants. The long spout allows you to reach over trays and pots at the back without disturbing ones in front. The fine rose is most suitable for seedlings but you can take off the rose if you need to water more extensively at the base of plants. Beautifully designed in a range of attractive colours, a great one for indoor plants or for seedlings and young plants in the greenhouse.


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