Seed Sowing Guide

The Higgledy Garden Seed Sowing Guide
Super duper three page seed sowing guide…

…available to download for perusal from the comfort of your favourite deck chair. Just click on the image…

Cut flowers a-go-go!

43 thoughts on “Seed Sowing Guide

  1. The cut flowers sown in the spring were a great success – it has been wonderful to be able to fill the house with flowers all summer, and they look amazing. Looking forward to trying the autumn sowing seeds and a few more varieties which have just arrived. Thanks also for the extra packet of Zinnia Envy, which I will sow in the spring, and for the hand written letter – makes it all so much more personal. Jo

  2. Hi
    Just wanted to say thanks for the borage and cornflower seeds which arrived very quickly after I ordered them, and thank you for the extra seeds as well, it was a nice touch along with the handwritten letter, made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ anyway I shall look forward to planting the seeds and have printed off your guide to read through properly, am so happy I found your site, it makes growing things fun!


  3. Well pleased with the service, ordered on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday! Thanks for the hand written letter and free seeds much appreciated. Looking forward to spending some time over the weekend sowing ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  4. So impressed with the service provided, lush packaging and complimentary seeds! Loving the personal touches and very helpful advice on the website. Looking forward to trying to grow something!

  5. Thank you for my recent order of seeds and also for the free packet of Eschscholzia for me to try. I have sown all the seeds and they have all germinated with the exception of the Ammi Majus and Visagna and the Bupleurum. I have then in the greenhouse and sowed them with a thin covering of seed compost (two weeks ago) – any tips on how to get them to germinate?

  6. What a wonderful supply of seeds at a truly brilliant price. One of the best garden websites there is. I laugh at the numpties visiting the garden centres at paying extortionate prices for a few seeds and feel very smug to have found Ben. Which I did, by the way, courtesy of Louise Curley’s excellent book “the cut flower patch”. I also use the lovely Derry Watkins Special Plants as I live reasonably close by. Thank you Ben!

  7. Hello Benjamin,
    Thank you for the very swift delivery of my seeds. Your gift of corncockle seeds is greatly appreciated.
    Now eagerly anticipating the start of the growing season so that I can sow them!

  8. Hi Ben
    Want to plant the rest of the seeds I bought from you this autumn (spring sowing worked a treat).
    What’s your advice about sowing in containers? Am going to build
    raised beds in back garden in the spring but not ready yet. Will the seeds
    be OK sown in containers to overwinter?

    1. Hi Amy, as long as they don’t dry out then they should be fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ But make sure you garden them off before you plant them out in the spring.

  9. Ben, that is the funniest guide I have ever read on cut flowers and very informative! I will, however, still continue to sow in a tray because potting on is one of life’s great pleasures. As I already have 100 (at least) of 3″ round pots I will take the risk (of slugs) and use them instead of the square ones. I do have all of my friends and family saving their loo roll cardboards for me so will use them for sweetpeas….I love this site!

    1. Thank you Caroline….very kind words….I do my best…good to know someone out there enjoys it!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Hi – me again! You recommend 5 cm mulch on the ground to suppress weeds. Can you recommend what to use. Ive got bark would that be ok? Thanks

  11. Hi Ben,
    I had a lovely time looking through your website and choosing some seeds on a recent cold and snowy evening. Your funny quips cheered me up no end and made me look forward to a summer of growing flowers even more! My seeds arrived this morning which was exciting (even though my garden is still covered in snow so I can’t get my little greenhouse out yet) along with your gift of corncockle seeds and your hand written note, so kind of you, thanks.

    1. The pleasure is all mine…let’s hope the ice will recede very soon and we can get on with spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hi Ben I have just purchased my first greenhouse and my first job is to sow Orlaya seeds that I saw at Birmingham flower Show – can you help me succeed I adore these flowers – Thank you in advance – really need your help here as I haven’t a cluexx

  13. Dear Ben, do you have somewhere on your website a month by month list of what seeds to plant when? If not would you consider producing one? As you have tried sowing and growing all the seeds you chat about then the information would be very useful. I’m trying not to rush into planting too soon, but just trying to get myself prepared and ahead of the game! Thanks Sara
    PS Love the website and the info you provide – couldn’t have said all that in 140 characters!!

    1. Hi…yes…I will produce something along those lines. I will be growing everything from the 20th March….but for most folk April would be the best month for 95% of the flower seeds I sell.

  14. Hi Ben,
    Just stumbled across your site and taken huge inspiration from your website. I never realised all those seeds in home base were immigrants. It is from you only I shall buy my flower seeds! I only have a small garden without much border space so wondered which flower varieties you would recommend for growing in containers and pots. Apologies if you have already offered this advice and I have found it.

  15. Ben, a belated thank you for the seeds.
    I’ve just written all the details of each plant on the packets from your descriptions and am about to sow the Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’ in little pots on windowsill !

  16. Hi,

    I wanted to buy some seeds for my Dad but he lives in the UAE – do you have any hardy flowers for high temperatures?

  17. Hi, I have a small field at the side of my house in which I keep a couple of beehives. I would like to introduce some wild flowers into this field but am wondering about the process. Can I just scatter seed & hope for the best or would I need to dig up the ground and expose the soil? The grass is pretty high at the moment so there would be a bit of work involved. If I just cleared a small area would the flowers self seed in years to come? Many Thanks

  18. Hi Benjamin,
    Am about to buy some of your lovely sounding seeds, and will email re some cut flowers – but wonder if I have left it too late to plant for flowers this year – as most guides suggest planting by May? Happy to have recently found your site.

    1. Hi Tammy, I have responded to your email…and though it is getting late…if you get seeds in the ground in the next two weeks you should be fine…seeds like calendula, cornflowers and zinnia would be best.

        1. Some folk cover with a poly bag to keep moist…I find just spaying them with a mister is fine…but sometimes they do seem to take yonks to germinate…how many days since yo sowed them?

        2. Have checked with other customers…the earliest is 7 days and the latest have been 3 weeks to germinate…don’t give them too much heat…

        1. No probs…I will do an article this week on germinating nicotiana…loads of folk have trouble. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck!

    1. Great, glad you approve…I prefer hand writing letters…I generally keep doing things I like. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I look forward to reading your blog.

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