When I looked back at my notes from seed season last year, I saw that of the 25 tomato seeds I planted only 10 germinated and none of the chilli seeds germinated. I only planted heirloom seeds last year and was hoping for a bumper 2015 tomato year, in fact it was the worst year in my planting history!
I think we gardener’s are the eternal optimists, a new season brings fresh hope of bumper crops and past failures are just that, in the past!
This year I have been better at sowing and getting my seeds to germinate, what’s different this year I hear you ask?
- I did my first sowing 27th July a whole month earlier than last year.
- Purchased all new seed from Lambley in Victoria.
- Set up a misting system in the green house.
- Used my heat mat for all Chillies and Capsicums.
I am super happy to say that all of my tomato’s & capsicums have germinated, the new tomato seeds from Lambley are hybrid F1, I chose Elmo a mini grape and Roma masai a roma, 8 of each, from what I have read they have good disease resistance which is what I wanted after last year.
I didn’t plant any significant crops over winter so most of my beds are ready to be planted out, I have been harvesting lettuces, beetroots, carrots, coriander, parsley.
Plenty of seed sowing still to be done:
- beetroot 10-14 days to germinate
- carrot 14-21
- beans 7-10
- chives 10-14
- coriander 10-14
- dill 10-12
- lettuce 6-10
- pak choi 7-10
- peas 7-10
- rocket 6-10
Jobs to do and events to go to
Keep on top of weed management, which means don’t let any weeds go to seed!
Adelaide again, the happy patch community garden is having their spring fair 17th Sept.
I am hoping to go to both so might see you there.
If you are on Instagram or twitter say hi, I’m gardeninghands I would love to see your gardens.
Thanks to the girls from Garden share collective, Kate and Krystie who each month encourage us to share our gardens and what we are growing.