I have had a quiet time in the garden this week. I have been busy elsewhere on our property and the garden has been forced to take a back seat. I guess it happens.
After much deliberation I decided to give another go to raising seedlings and sowed 24 cells of leaves on Wednesday.
Lately, I seem to have had a bit more success getting my seeds to germinate and start to grow but I am still losing lots. I know I overwater so I don’t water until the seedling dies of thirst!!!!
I do have an automatic watering system which provides water by syphonic action to a pot. I have about half a dozen. 2 of them are feeding 2 pumpkin seedlings which seem to be doing well. Perhaps I should use these more often.
I have successfully germinated some melon seeds which I will now put under the care of the automatic waterer.
The seeds I sowed on Wednesday are under a drawer from the vegetable rack – it is clear plastic and was ideal for keeping mice at bay. I peeked under the cover today and saw the first tiny heads peeping above the compost. I shall keep them covered for another week and hope they all come up and I can produce some strong plants
I have potted on a local tomato variety- Marmande – which is doing well. Marmande is a local town about 20 miles from here. I bought this plant from the market last week and it is already about double the size I bought.
I have also raised a couple of tomato seedlings from seeds and potted those on today. They are still very small but I think they will be ok.
I recently bought some red cabbage plants by mistake and put another 4 of those in the ground today.
I sprouted some peas and sowed the sprouted seeds on Friday to infill no shows in the pea patch.. I sprouted the peas to about 1 cm and then sowed them in the prepared bed.
I have a few french beans starting in toilet paper roll centres. I shall plant these undisturbed when they are tall enough.
I now have the following growing:
From seeds - batavia lettuce, cabbage, radish, spring onions, tomatoes, melon, pumpkin, peas, french beans, borlotto beans, dill and Broom
From tubers - potatoes
From sets - onions, garlic, wild leek
From plants - tomato, lettuce, red cabbage, flat leaf parsley, chives, strawberries
Kept from last year - mint
Still not germinated - wild chicory, lollo rosso lettuce
I also seem to have managed to save about 25 geranium plants from last year.
The first lettuce, raised in pots are just about ready to pick. I shall be eating them this next week.
Next year I'm going to learn a lot more about weeds and their uses. I can't stop them growing so I might as well harvest them!!!!
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