Sowing Kits

Kitchen Garden Best Buy and Top Picks for April. This month the KG team have been looking at sowing kits and more…

BEST BUY

SEED SOWING STARTER KIT

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This sowing kit comes with a five litre bag of vermiculite, a pack of four bottle top waterers, a dibber and widger, a pack of 10cm (4in) 50 plant labels, two waterproof markers and three mini high dome propagators.

KG VERDICT
This is an excellent starter pack which has most of what you need to get sowing. There’s plenty of vermiculite to aid germination, a very good quantity of labels (plus markers), a dibber and widger, and bottle top waterers that will provide a fine spray to delicate young seedlings. We were particularly impressed with the three mini propagators, perfect for starting tomatoes, chillies, aubergines, peppers and other seeds.

KINGS SEEDS
www.kingsseeds.com
TEL: 01376 570 000
PRODUCT CODE: 46273
PRICE: £15.20

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TOP PICK

SEEDBALL – BUTTERFLY MIX

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Each seedball contains approximately 30 seeds to attract butterflies to your garden. There are 20 seed balls in a tin, with each one combining a mix of purple loosestrife, forget-me-not, musk mallow, red campion and yarrow, plus a sprinkling of pollinator-friendly annuals including chamomile, cornflower, corn marigold, and night-flowering catchfly.

KG VERDICT
The seedballs can be scattered either in autumn or spring. Each tin of 20 seed balls is enough to cover 1sq meter (39 x39in) of garden. Alternatively, you can place them in pots filled with multipurpose. When placing the seedballs you need to leave at least 10cm (4in) between each ball. Bird mix and bee mix seedballs are also available.

SEEDBALL
https://seedball.co.uk
TEL: 020 8802 5565
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £6

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TOP PICK

SEED TAPES

Each seed tape is 6m long and can be cut to purpose. Seeds are embedded in the biodegradable tape, so sowing a row is quick and easy. The range includes perpetual spinach, lettuce, carrot, radish, chard, beetroot, spring onion, pak choi, leek, parsnip and rocket.

SUTTONS
www.suttons.co.uk
TEL: 0333 043 0700
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £2.99

KG VERDICT
Sowing small seeds can be fiddly and it is easy to sow too thickly or thinly, so seed tapes offer a convenient alternative. All you need to do is to create a drill to the length you require and then cut the tape to fit. Cover with compost or soil to the appropriate depth as indicated on the packet and water in. A good variety of seeds in the range.

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