Hi, first-time poster here!
My girlfriend and I tried growing some basil, parsley, and cilantro in small (around 4-5" in diameter) pots recently, and there were a few problems that I noticed. Can someone provide me with some advice on these? I think we used Scott's Premium Potting Soil.
1. Sowing: how many seeds do I put in one spot in one pot? Can I sow in more than one spot in a small pot? I read about 5 seeds together in one spot.
2. Soil firmness and watering: I noticed that when watering the plants, the soil gets moved around by the water and exposing the lower part of the plant even if I watered them gently. I had just poured the soil into the pots and noticed that the soil "level" became lower after a couple of waterings. Do I need to firm the soil after sowing? If so, how firm should the soild be?
3. Water drainage: each pot has a drainage hole, but I keep reading about "good drainage." I've read about digging a hole in the ground about a foot deep and doing the water draining test, but I have no land for that, and I'm using pots. To have good drainage in a small pot, is the hole on the bottom sufficient? Would lining the bottom of the pot with something beneficial?
Thanks for your help! I hope to learn a lot from this forum!