What Does Direct Sow Mean?
Direct sow refers to planting seeds directly into the soil where they are intended to be left until fully grown. Most large-scale crops are planted via the direct sow method, which eliminates the need to ever have to transplant seedlings.
Many home gardeners opt to start seeds indoors instead of placing the seeds (direct sowing) into the soil where they will be at the mercy of the weather, insects, and wildlife. Most seed packs provide instructions on when to directly sow the seeds and how deep they should be placed into the soil.
After planting seeds directly into the soil they will require moisture to germinate. Gardeners typically irrigate their crops, but historically, sowed seeds were dependent on seasonal rainfall.