It may only be March, but after some growing disasters in 2020, I was determined to get things growing early in 2021. This year, I started multi-sowing for the first time, and I couldn't be happier with the results so far.
Multi-sowing has gained traction recently thanks to Charles Dowding's popular YouTube channel. By breaking with tradition, Charles has shown how sowing multiple seeds together, rather than spacing them out, can produce much more food using less space.
So how does it work? Take onions as an example (as I have done in my own garden). Instead of sowing a 1-metre row of onion seeds, all 20cm apart, throw 4-6 seeds in a seed tray module together and let them mature as a group. As they grow, the individual onions will push away from each other without any need for pricking out or thinning. When using the multi-sow method, our 1-metre row has gone from producing 5 onions to growing 30. If we scaled this up to an entire field, you could start to see this system's real potential, particularly given the current demands on our food production.
Multi-sowing is a super simple way to save time in the garden while increasing your annual harvest, not to mention saving money in the long run. Many vegetables can be grown in this method, and this year I will be experimenting with spinach, kale, onions, carrots, peas and various herbs.
My onion seedlings are still young, but they are growing steadily and look very healthy. I'm looking forward to seeing their development when I move them outside and enjoying many yummy meals.
For more details on multi-sowing, as well as a list of plants that can be multi-sown, click here - Multisowing.
I will post updates on my multi-sown veggies as they grow on Seedology UK Instagram, as well as in future blog posts. If you decide to try multi-sowing, please share your results and tag us on Instagram.