Part 1 - Seeds

Just get started. All you need are seeds, compost and containers, plus Mick's seed sowing masterclass.


The fascinating and feisty underdog with the audacity to turn into a big and beautiful plant. A symbol of ludicrous optimism, but indeed these little specks will become food you can eat.


  • Sow beetroot, chard, French beans, kale and lettuce in module trays (or egg cartons)
  • Sow basil in a small pot (or coffee cup)
  • Make an indoor watering can with an old plastic bottle.
  • Leave your seeds somewhere light and warm, indoors.
  • Water carefully to keep each seed moist. Don't let it dry out, but don't let it get sodden.

Top Tips

  • Don't be daunted by horticulture lingo or gardening lingo. All you need are seeds, soil and something to put them in.
  • Overfill your containers and bang them down to prevent air pockets causing your seeds to fall.
  • Know the depth that each seed needs to be sown at to give it the best chance of germination.
  • Cover your containers with compost and scrape the top off.
  • Water gently so the seed doesn't get washed away.

Helpful Resources

GIY is grateful for the support of our Growth Fund partners Social Innovation Fund Ireland and The Department of Rural & Community Development, whose funding has enabled us to promote and disseminate this online course, engaging thousands of people in How Food Grows.‚Äč