It's that time now when sowing seeds is just a steady process that will continue for much of the year. Things will start off slowly - speed up and then steady off again.
March usually marks the start of our seed sowing season although this year the celery and celeriac were sown in February in an attempt to finally succeed in growing a crop. The true leaves are beginning to develop so it's a case of so far so good but there's still plenty that can go very wrong!
Most of our seeds are started off in the greenhouse in either trays, pots or modules to be transplanted later. This way works for us on two counts.
Firstly our clay soil isn't ideal for seed sowing - any seeds that we sow direct such as carrots and parsnips are sown in a trench of compost which then needs to be kept well watered.
Secondly sowing in pots in the garden greenhouse means that we can keep a closer eye on progress - if we grew vegetables close to hand in our garden it may be different!
With the pace of seeds sowing due to take off - it's at this time that I look at our seed collection and think - have we overdone it this year? Will we have space in the greenhouse to sow and grow on all the seeds we have bought? Will we have have room on the plot for all the resulting plants, and potatoes, and onions, and shallots, and strawberries and ...?
As usual our original seed order has been swollen by freebies from magazines, tempting visits to garden centres and being seduced by gardening programmes. We both watched Sarah Raven's series on Bees, Butterflies and Blooms (if you missed it you can view it from here) and started planning in our heads where we could have a patch of 'wild' flowers. The result more seeds added to our collection.
Anyway I comfort myself by the fact that I always feel like this at this time of year whereas Martyn's philosophy is that we'll find somewhere! Let's hope he's right!
Anyway I could post a list of the seeds sown in umpteen different posts but I don't want to frighten you off or make you curl up your toes in boredom so instead we have pages on our website accessed from the Sow, Grow & Harvest tab at the top of the blog. Our March vegetable sowings will be listed here and flowers will be listed here Other links on this post take you to pages on our website that go into more detail just in case you are interested.
I also keep a diary of all our gardening activities month by month on our website which goes back to January 2007 and can be accessed from the Garden Diary tab at the top of the blog. This is a full account of what we are doing and when.
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