Thin out hardy annuals

Hardy annuals such as candytuft, California poppy and cornflowers sown direct last month into a prepared seedbed [link to making a seedbed] will need thinning to the correct spacing. Thin the flower seedlings when they are large enough to separate so the plants that remain are spaced at the same distance as the drills (10-15cm), depending on the eventual size of the plant you are growing. Use any seedling thinnings to fill gaps where the seed has germinated unevenly.

If you have delayed sowing because of bad weather or because you garden in a colder area sow now. Biennials, such as forget-me-nots and honesty, can also be sown directly into a prepared seedbed.

Tools required

soil rake and bamboo cane

Skill rating

moderate