Direct seeding is the process of planting seeds directly in the ground rather than in a pot to be transplanted at a later date. Direct seeding is the preferred method for planting root vegetables like carrots, beets, and radishes, as well as legumes like beans and peas. Greens like lettuce, arugula, and chard are also commonly direct seeded.

When seeding, the general principle is to plant each seed to a depth of twice the height of the seed. So if the seed is 1mm tall, you would plant it 2 mm deep. Cover up the seeds with some loose soil, and water to ensure good contact between soil and seed.

With smaller seeds, gently shake or tap them out of their package or envelope into the area you wish to seed. Larger seeds can be placed by hand into the seeding area.

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