Saturday, April 7

Back to all things gardening!

As we were to be away for a week at the end of March we held off most of our seed sowing and planting. We didn't want tiny seedlings being left to their own devices whist we were away and generally speaking we've found leaving sowing 'til the beginning of April to be no problem.

There were one or two things though that we really wanted to get off to an earlier start. Some seeds were sown fairly early and has reached the size where we hoped they would cope without us.

So I thought I'd first give you an update of the state of play in our garden greenhouse and include the Indoor Growing Garden.

So greenhouse first:

The first lot of broad beans - Witkiem Manita which were sown at the very end of February are at the stage when they will need to be planted out on the plot.
We seem to have rather a lot of sweet peas!

I did decide that I wanted lots this year but maybe we have overdone things slightly. The problem was that I ordered the varieties that I particularly wanted and then I found some that I didn't use last year - a free packet from one of our magazines. And then this year another two packets came along as freebies from magazines. Well you just have to sow them don't you?

Leeks as last year have been sown in large pots and these to have germinated and survived our absence.
You may remember (or more likely don't) that at the end of last year I took lots of lavender cuttings - well these must have taken as now they seem to be growing away so I'll have to tip them out and see how much root they have made and then pot them up. These are destined for the plot to finished the mini hedge around the fruit bush beds. The bees will love even more lavender to browse.
Also ready to be planted out are the potatoes which have survived the frosts (so far anyway) and are sprouting well.
So let's go inside in the warmth of our spare room upstairs. Quick keep up!

Some seeds had already been planted and had germinated under our growing light. Celery, celeriac and antirrhinums really need to be pricked out but we didn't want to do this before we went on holiday so it is one of the first jobs on the to do list.
As the Indoor Growing Garden's water reservoir holds enough to keep seed trays watered for a week we decided to sow tomato, pepper and aubergine seeds just before we went away - we had spare seeds just in case of a disaster but when we returned from holiday the tomatoes and peppers had been happy and had germinated well.

The aubergines had just germinated before we left but oh dear whatever had happened to them. To find out visit Martyn's post here

So now it's full steam ahead as far as sowing is concerned and time to devote a little more time to planting both on the plot and in the garden.

We're keeping a list of what we sowed and when in March here  April's sowing will be recorded here Martyn is also keeping a record of germination times here

Maybe I should also mention that the store onions have started to sprout!
So in spite of lots and lots of them rotting, they seem to have seen us through. Our heat treated onions sets had arrived when we came back from holiday so what with those already planted we look as though we'll have lots of onions next year - then again if they rot as quickly in storage as this year's have maybe we won't have TOO many!

16 comments:

  1. Its all looking very good. hope to have the skills you have soon. I agree, I tend to want to sow far more than in necessary. Especially if the seeds are free.

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    1. I'm sure that you'll learn quickly Alan.

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  2. It's all looking great. I only started sowing a couple of weeks ago too which is later than I have in the past but I found with a proper greenhouse I don't need to start quite so early.

    Amazing about he slug...fingers crossed you don't have any more turn up!!

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    1. We had a similar slug problem in the porch a while ago - Tanya It's not an open porch and we couldn't understand how the things were getting in. Anyway we since had the porch double glazed with UPVC windows and they haven't found a way in since --- yet!

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  3. It doesn't look like you've held back on many things, only those which need a later start anyway. I had better check the onions I have in store, I wonder if mine are sprouting too.

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    1. If we hadn't had the Indoor Light set up we wouldn't have risked the tomatoes and peppers Jo. I guess reading what others have sown it just seems that we have held back things. Must admit though we never sow too early!

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  4. I have some Witkiem Manita beans too, but mine were direct-sown and are much smaller than yours at present. They germinated really well (100%) and are looking strong.
    Going away on holiday is always a bit of a mixed blessing for a gardener, isn't it? If only you could put your garden on "Pause" while you were away!

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    1. If it was a case of just sowing outside our back door maybe we would direct sow more things. But this way we can keep an eye on things Mark.

      Yes aren't holidays a nuisance :)

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  5. Hi Sue, you have an impressive amount of seeds sprouted and growing vigorously! I love your lavender hedge. I plan to steal that idea as I plan my new veg plot this summer. Cheers, Jenni

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    1. The bees will love you for it Jenni.

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  6. Your garden (or perhaps I should call it a forrest) is going to look stunning with all those sweet peas.

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    1. A forest of sweet peas - I rather like that idea Liz. Most are destined for the allotment but I'm sure some will make it into the garden. I'm hoping some of the short ones will. go in the front garden

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  7. I have really enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading more! Please visit The Redeemed Gardener sometime!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Clint and I will visit you blog soon

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  8. Wow! There are many healthy seedlings to transplant! The sweetpeas look so healthy!
    It reminds me that I ahve to sow seeds too! ;)

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    1. Just hope the sweet peas stay that way 'til we can plant them out Malar

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