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How to build a seed bed? 

Hardy Cyclamen - Coum hybrids take a long time to germinateA seed bed can be used for plants that take a long time to mature - such as hardy cyclamen!

Long before garden centres became the norm for gardeners, most respectable gardens had a seed bed. The seed bed was used for raising many different plants – ornamental and vegetable – from seeds.

Seedbeds and how to prepare

Seed beds are not seen too often in gardens now, because of the popularity of garden centres and ease of buying reasonable quality plants without having to go through the actions of maintaining a seedbed.

However, a seed bed is still a good way of raising your own plants, and also a rewarding way in which to take time out from the stresses of modern day living.

The seed bed can simply be a flat piece of ground in a sheltered but well lit place in the garden, or you can make a raised seedbed, by framing it with 6in (150mm) treated timber boards.

The simplest seed bed is an area of flat ground, dug over and raked to fine texture with no large stones. Remove all weeds and roots, tread gently to firm the soil. You have a seed bed. Simple as that!

Sowing and Growing in Seed beds


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