Seed update for GSC

I often write about seeds, I did a quick search on the blog and found 9 posts that had something to do with seed buying, planting, growing, looking, dreaming….. I think you get the picture and you may have read some of these past posts.

Growing from seed is one of my greatest pleasures in gardening, I love waiting and anticipating the first sight of green from the soil.  I  decided that I would try and grow as many flower and vegetable seedlings myself this season and try not to buy any.

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I started August 20th, I made soil blocks for my fist batches, I have 2 heating mats and used these as well.  I was very happy with my first batch of flower seeds most of them germinated, I have salvia, rudbeckia, scabiosa, poppies, zinnia, corn cockle and cosmos about 40 seedlings to plant, a great success for me.

My vegetable seeds I planted at the end of August, I have been very unhappy with the germination rate. I have had to re-seed tomatoes 3 times and of the 25 I planted I have 10 germinate. Capsicums and chillies have been shocking, I have had them on the heating mat as they need heat to germinate and again have done 3 re-seeds and only 2 germinated. No chillies have come up yet, basil only 1 plant, beans super slow to germinate, no eggplants and I can see a couple of cucumber shoots only now.

I am still sowing seeds and will continue to do it weekly, I think I will have to buy some single advance seedlings to have some early crops but fingers crossed for some of the capsicums to sprout as I was really excited about the varieties I found.

Harvesting

  • Fennel
  • Peas
  • Coriander, it’s going to seed now
  • The last of the broccoli
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot
  • Lots of spring flowers

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Jobs to do

I need to connect the irrigation for my 3 new garden beds, I bought a 50m roll of water pipe which I use to make the shade structures for my beds have a few more to make.  Get ready for early October planting.

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Thanks to the girls from Garden share collective, Lizzie, Kate and Krystie who each month encourage us to share our gardens and what we are growing. I have really enjoyed having a theme to write about, thanks girls

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Garden share collective – Size

Today I am focusing on the size of part of my garden I visit and pick form every day, my kitchen garden.  I wanted an area close to the house and kitchen that I could nip out to, for herbs, spinach, chillies, salad leaves, whatever is in season.  I didn’t want to have to walk down to the end of the yard with my head lamp on (can you imagine it!!)  at night where my other beds are to grab something I needed.  Some nights I go out there more than once!

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In 2011 I gave Mr GH the brief, we worked out the sizes together, the inside planting size of my kitchen garden bed is 2555mm x 555mm about 700mm deep and it is 7 steps from the back door.  We used salvaged sandstone and bricks, damp coursed the foundation painted the inside of the bed with tar and lined it with core flute.  The base is gravel then I did a lasagne layering of prunings, compost, manure, straw etc and we have irrigated it as well and have a shade structure for the summer.

The kitchen garden is a great success and beautiful to look at,  this winter I have planted in it :

  • Oregano
  • Mini red cabbage
  • Chillies x 3 they have carried over from summer I have pruned them and will see how they go.
  • Corriander
  • Beetroot
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce x 4
  • Pansies x 2
  • Primula x 3
  • Salvia x 2 again from summer I just cut them back and they re-shoot.

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Being a highly productive bed I add compost and manure each season and every time I add some new seedlings, Once a plant has finished producing or gone to seed I pull it out and add something else in season straight away.  At the rear of the bed we have added a trellis in Summer I grow cherry tomatoes which use the trellis, peas as well.  The rear is also a parsley bed which I let self seed and I have thyme growing there as well.

Can’t let you go without seeing a few pieces of art that I have in the bed as well!

Thanks to the girls from Garden share collective, Lizzie, Kate and Krystie who each month encourage us to share our gardens and what we are growing. I have really enjoyed having a theme to write about, thanks girls.