Alan Titchmarsh shares warning on how to grow plants from seeds – ‘there’s no going back’

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Gardening and growing food became increasingly popular during lockdown as more people spent time at home. Now, as spring begins and flowers begin to bloom, Britons are once again heading into the garden. In a podcast for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Alan Titchmarsh shared his tips for keeping and planting seeds.

He explained to the editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Lucy Hall the four things plants need to survive.

He said: “Plants need, light, air and moisture and a suitable temperature.

“Write down those four things and then just work out how you can give it to them – even if it’s only a pot.

“It will need light, they can’t grow in the dark.

“You’ll be in charge of water and the food.

“The substrate – the soil that they’re growing in, the compost or whatever.”

Alan added: “Plants want to grow and it’s up to us not to get in the way.”

The gardening expert said “seeds want to grow” but warned that once they’ve been moistened “there’s no going back”.

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He continued: “You can’t let them dry out then because the enzymatic process has begun.

“As long as they’re warm and dry and in a packet, they’re okay.

“As soon as you’ve put them in the earth or got water to them, you’ve lit the blue touch paper.

“There’s no stamping that firework out. You can’t go back.

“Then you must try and keep it growing evenly.”

Alan recommended finding a part of your garden where the soil is “good”.

If you don’t have good soil in your garden, then you need to work on making it better with some homegrown or shop-bought compost.

“Work it into the soil, make sure it’s got decent light,” Alan added.

He also suggested adding a sprinkling of blood, bone and fish meal.

The ground should then be suitable for seeds to grow.

Alan said you can then sow your seeds evenly and not too deeply into the ground.

He also suggested checking the back of seed packets for more advice.

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