Feb 27, 2011

Juggling Act of Sowing Seeds

First, an apology. My last update seems to have been taken the wrong way by some. The divorce speech was of course in jest but some thought it may have been serious. None more so than my wife! (oops) Sorry babes :) Love you loads x x x

Now, keeping track of what I have growing is proving to be hard work. In my quest to conquer “Successional Sowing” whereby you spread out the timeline of growing the same crop so it lasts longer means I have seedlings in various places depending on their requirements for example, the warmest and lightest place is on the landing windowsill. Heat rises up the stairs so it’s usually the warmest place in the house and with two windows offering different light sources, light bounces off the bright yellow walls.

But the windowsills are small so I have to move everything around as seed turns to seedling turns to plant. I have a system going but it sure is testing me. As I stand I have my first batch of Broadbeans and Brown Onions now living in the greenhouse after hardening them off last week. My 2nd batch of Broadbeans and Brown Onions are in the kitchen along with the Leeks which have germinated after 10 days. Upstairs are my 3rd batch of Broadbeans and Brussels sprout’s in our bedroom and Alexander’s Spring Onions are still in his bedroom. The Landing is now home to the cherry tomatoes which were sown today.

Brussels Sprout's

Alexander's Spring Onions

Alexander's Spring Onions, Close Up

Tomatoes in home made Propagators

Tomatoes in home made Propagators

Today also saw me sow 37 Red Onions, a tray of Little Gem Lettuce, a tray of All Year Round Lettuce, 18 Cabbages, and the last 12 Brown Onions. The Onion sets will stay in the greenhouse whilst the Lettuce and Cabbage will go in the kitchen and upstairs in our bedroom. It’s not even the busy period yet!

The sowings

Both types of Onions

Both types of Lettuce

More Red Onions

The first batch of Onions Poking Through

During the warm spring day last Thursday (remember that one?) we did some digging in what will be the carrot and spring onion bed. Lifting off the weed suppressant membrane, I plan to let the remaining weeds grow. Am I crazy? Well no (I think). As I’m new to all this, I’m guessing I won’t be able to tell what a weed seedling is from a Carrot seedling. So by letting the weeds start to grow, I can hoe them off whilst the bed is still empty whilst at the same time learn what the weed seedlings (weedlings?) look like. I’m thinking of now doing the same for the lettuce and cabbage beds but am arguing with myself as it would mean making a lot of the weed suppressant membrane redundant. Any tips would be welcomed?
The Carrot and Spring Onion Bed

Runner Bean Support behind the Broadbean Support

Speaking of the carrot and spring onion bed. Many will know they are great “companion plants” The scent from the spring onions confuse the carrot fly thus why they make a great partnership. Whilst watching some gardeners world videos, they said you should plant the same number of spring onions as you are carrots otherwise they won’t be effective. To that end I brought a packet of spring onion seeds in our monthly food shop on Friday. Whilst Alexander has sowed his already, I will wait and sow them directly as a border to the carrots so they grow up together.

Finally this week’s weather is looking like much of the same. Highs of 6c/7c and lows of 1c/3c so still very cold as we head though the first week of March. Until next weekend, any ideas on how to deal with this in its 3rd year?

3rd year old Rhubarb growing in the grass