After preparing the land to a fine tilth:
Step 1Make drills/furrows 30 cm apart for production of fresh leaves and 50 cm apart for seeds production.
Step 2Mix well rotten manure and planting fertiliser on the furrows. You need 12 buckets of manure per 1 metre square plot. Use planting fertiliser like Mavuno Vegetables fertilizer N.P.K 20:10:18 and later Top dress with Mavuno Topdressing N.P.K 26:0:0.
Step 3Sow seeds 2-3 cm deep and cover lightly with soil. You need 2 kg of seeds per acre
Step 4Water regularly i.e 2-3 times in a week. This is when the soil is dry and avoid water logging. Lack of water can also lead to early bolting (start making seeds early).
Step 5Germination occurs about 7-10 days after sowing.
Thin to remove excess plant and leave healthy ones when plants are 5-7cm high to leave 10-15cm within the rows.
Step 7You can cut at half foot high to encourage growth of more tillers
Step 8It will take 4-6 weeks for green leaves to mature and 3-4 months for the seed.
It is recommended to sow seeds directly into a ready seedbed. Transplanting causes early flowering. Buy certified seeds from good sources. Contact iShamba for information on where to find certified seeds in your area.