Sankey Garden Products - Get growing with Grostart
PUBLISHED: 13:47 28 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:31 21 February 2013
It's easy to grow your own. All you need is the right equipment, a little knowledge and of course time... nature can be relied upon to do the rest
The Sankey Grostart Propagator is the first step in eating your own vegetables or growing your own plants. Theres nothing like seeing a fully grown plant that youve nurtered from seed take pride of place in your garden or allotment.
The Grostart Propagator is part of Sankeys extensive range of heated and unheated propagators.
Like all of Sankey's products, it has been designed to be used over and over again. In line with Sankeys ethical ethos, the Grostart Propagator is made with recycled materials wherever possible.
Five step guide to growing your own.
There are a few basic equipment essentials to growing your own.
- Sankey propagator
- Sankey grow pots: 9 - 13cm
- Sankey drainage domes (instead of crocks)
- Selection of Sankey large decorative pots (diameter and depth of at least 25cm)
- Vegetable seeds
- Multi-purpose compost
Getting an early start is vital and by sowing your seeds in a propagator they'll be ready to plant on into pots that much sooner.
Once the seedlings are established you can transplant them into grow pots to bring them on, either keeping them in the propagator provided they aren't too tall, or in an environment protected from frost and cold. Perhaps in a cold frame or greenhouse or even indoors on a suitable windowsill.
Once they are established as small plants you can transfer them into large pots. Prepare your chosen pot by drilling several drainage holes in the pot base using the indents (if provided).
To further encourage good drainage and to prevent roots becoming waterlogged, insert a Sankey drainage dome into the base of the pot. These reusable drainage domes means that there's no need to add a layer of pebbles or crocks.
To reduce the frequency of watering and feeding, it's a good idea to mix some water retaining granules and some slow release fertiliser into the compost before adding it to your pot.
Don't let the pots dry out and make sure that they have adequate sunlight. It's a good idea to feed the plants regularly as part of their watering regime to ensure healthy, vigorous growth. Harvesting the fruits of your labour is great fun. Your vegetables will have that 'just-picked' freshness and of course you'll save money.
Time to cook! As a sample of what can be achieved there are some tasty seasonal recipes on the Sankey website (http://www.sankeygrowyourown.co.uk/news/index.php?item=16) using a selection of vegetables all of which can be grown in from seed to pots.