Sunday, February 3

Ready on one front

The weather may prevent us from making a start to the new gardening season and we may have lots of preparation still to do on the plot. The greenhouse may still need sorting out but at least we now have all our seeds ready and waiting for sowing.

First to arrive were the Kings seeds.
These arrived in a very large box but as I order for other people on our site the contents were not all for us. Above is what was left when we took out the items that we hadn't ordered. We are sharing with a friend so they are not all ours but I know that there seems rather a lot. Included in the box are some onions and shallot sets which we will start off in pots in the greenhouse. This seems to work for us.

The next parcels to arrive were our seed potatoes from JBA.
Here are just some of the contents. In total we received four large boxes but again these are to be shared with a friend. For now these will be stored in the garage until we feel that they will be happy chitting in the greenhouse. 

Next a smaller package arrived from Plants of Distinction.
This package contained the more unusual seeds that we fancied trying along with a free packet of radish seeds - Cherry Belle.

Then finally a package arrived from Thompson and Morgan.
These are mainly annual flower seeds with the odd packet of herbs.


So is it a case of our eyes over-ruling our brains. Will we manage to plant everything? - You'll just have to wait and see.

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

28 comments:

  1. Now that is an impressive haul, and I thought I got over excited with a seed catalogue - now I feel like a pin up girl for restraint. That lot will be fun to grow.

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    1. It's not all my fault, Liz I get help choosing. In fact Martyn chose more of them than me.

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  2. Well Sue, that is certainly a huge amount of POTENTIAL. Wouldn't it be nice (and miraculous) if all the flowers and veg turned out just like the illustrations on the packets - i.e. perfect specimens?
    My seed collection is not in the same league as yours, but relative to the space I have available it is probably in the same proportion.
    Today I am going to sow some Parsley (indoors), just to say that I have sowed something!

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    1. Wouldn't it just Mark? Although some seed packets are pretty boring. It's just the ones sold in the shops that are pretty. The ones that are only available form catalogues are nondescript

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  3. Your photos are to a gardener just what a fabric store is to a quilter - pure joy and eye candy!

    I am impressed and envious in equal measure. One part of me says "order NO seeds this year", use up the HUGE box sitting in the fridge" and another part of me knows I'll probably cave in before the end of the month :}

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    1. We do use up seed too Bilbo but the start of the season wouldn't be the same if we didn't pore over seed catalogues.

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  4. That's a lot of seeds, but I'm sure you'll manage to get them all sown. It's so much fun choosing which varieties to grow, there's so much choice these days.

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    1. There is lots of choice isn't there, Jo it's our downfall

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  5. Awesome! Roll on March when the serious work can begin. Your post is making me feel very optimistic :)

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  6. I thought my seed collection was coming on nicely until I saw that lot. Wish I had room to plant that many potatoes. I will be planting 80 this year, twice as many as 2012. Hoping to avoid blight this time.. cant wait to get out and get planting but having to hold myself in check

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  7. Sue, I amazed by how much you successfully sow and grow every year. Wow. I enjoyed looked at the designs of the packets. It's interesting to see how seeds are marketed in different parts of the world. I am also impressed with how early you receive your seeds and seed potatoes. Mine potatoes are not available for another month at least. Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Each company has its own style Jenni. Seeds arrive quite soon after ordering - the last lots arrived within a week.

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  8. A very impressive haul Sue - I haven't ordered anything this year in an effort to use everything up from last year. I have bought seed potatoes and onions from a garden centre and that's it. Are you impressed with my will-power - of course, it may not last!

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    1. Very impressed at the self restraint Elaine.

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    2. If you are like me Elaine, you will find you have run out of something and the garden centre will not have it! Last year I forgot to order my curly kale and could not find it anywhere. Silly, because its so easy to order on the net- even for one packet. Seeds being so lightweight postage and packing cost is very small

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    3. Being in NSALG we just pay £1 each for postage and T and M was free postage as there was an offer. NO doubt we may 'need' the odd packet of something from the garden centre

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  9. I just sat down and planned my veggie garden. I have my plant list and need to get it sent. We still have until April or May, so I'm not in too big of a hurry. It looks like you got some good stuff.

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    1. Is that when you sow the first seeds Bonnie?

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  10. I always love getting seeds and supplies through the post. So exciting to plan for the new growing season. I'm way behind in planning.

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    1. Just need some good weather to come along now, Kelli

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  11. Wow! That's a real army of seeds! :) I can't wait to see photos of your garden, it looks very promising!

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    1. They're all for the allotment Dewberry - well except for the tomatoes/peppers/aubergines which are to go in the greenhouse.

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  12. That Sure is A LOT of seeds. I think I have most of my seeds for this year now though I do need to get into gear and do an inventory just in case I have missed something vita. Maybe this weekend!

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    1. I bet you buy something else when you are at a garden centre Tanya.

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