Planting

I’ve finally gotten around to ordering seeds for my veg garden to be – throwing my worries to the wind.  I’d been holding back because, really, I’d been swamped by the variety of plants available and a little intimidated by the fact that, well, it’s Scotland, for goodness sake – half the plants I’d love to grow just won’t live this far north without a greenhouse.  So, I pulled up a large list of seeds and picked about 13 types of fruit / veg with a few ‘edible’ flowers  from the list by discarding anything which was not hardy or needed higher growing temperatures than we can be assured of.

So far, the list looks like this:

  • Onions
  • Courgette
  • Broccoli
  • Pak choi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower (small variety)
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Squash
  • Alpine Strawberry
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Chives
  • Sweetcorn (and mini sweetcorn)
  • Marigolds
  • Sunflowers

So, on its way to me are a rather large number of seeds. In my hands are a large packet of seeds – they arrived unexpectedly early just hours after I started to put together this post!   The one little problem I had is that I don’t have an awful lot of workspace.  Currently, all of my little chilli and herb plantlets are crowded in the kitchen windowsill, with silver-foil backing to eke out the most of the wan sunlight available at this time of year.  After 3 months we have, at most, 4 leaves.  I’m hoping their new, bigger pots and some bottle-cloches I made will bring them on a bit!

The egg carton made a really good set of seed ‘pots’.

Anyways, so, very little space is left in the kitchen.  I thus decided to make sure of the large unit we have in the spare bedroom.  Until a few days ago, it was piled with random stuff against the internal wall – it’s now up against the window and all the books / picture frames etc. have been replaced by planting equipment.  I’ve been reading a lot, in the past few days, about easy ways to make little recyclable pots from newspaper and loo rolls, so I’ve put some of them together and I’m saving more plastic 2L bottles for cloches and (hopefully eventually) upside-down planters (more growing room!).   I might see if I can get my hands on some re-usable seedling trays, though – I do have rather a lot of little plants to grow…

Since the plants arrived earlier than expected, I’ve already put some broccoli and strawberries in a seed tray (1/3 of a tray each) and 3 pea seeds for use in an indoor upside-down planter to see how that works out.  Even if they don’t do superbly I have something like 100+ pea seeds so it’s no real loss.  I don’t expect to see strawberry seedlings for a while but the peans should be up pretty quickly and the broccoli not too long after!

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