Many popular vegetable seeds can be sown directly in your outdoor garden – including salad greens, carrots, cucumbers, radishes and beets! Before you begin, watch this quick-start video on how to direct sow seeds:
Prepare your garden bed. Work the soil so that it is loose, weed-free and level. (A rake or raised bed cultivator comes in handy!)
Dig a shallow trench according to the directions on your seed packet.
Now it’s time to sow! Space seeds according to your packet directions, and then gently cover the seeds with soil.
Mark the row for an easy reminder of what you planted.
Water slowly and evenly to avoid drowning the seeds. Keep soil evenly moist over the next week or two as seedlings emerge!