March Seed Bonanza

This year I decided to put my seeds into monthly bags to make it easier to see what I had to sow each month.  This means that every time I open the bag I know I can pick up the seeds I need and I won’t ‘miss’ any due to forgetting that I put them off for a week.  There were a couple of things, last year, which went in too late because, despite having a list, I either couldn’t find the seed packet at the right time or I was distracted by something, forgot them, and scored them off of my list.

Within each bag, the packets are sorted by week:

The unbound packets are week 1, the others are held together until I’m done with the packets and then left loose too.  Anything which might need resown is rubber banded for ease of grabbing.  It’s still not a great system but the bags are easier to store than a solid seedbox.

As you can see in the first picture March is by far my busiest month.  A lot of hardy annuals start to be able to be sown outside this month and many others indoor for planting out in a month or two.

My March planting list is here.  It tends to be a little fluid – I had my amaranthus in week one, but had to move it as I was ill at the tail end of last week and never got them in.  The aim is to give myself a guide  to what needs done vaguely in which week and to give myself a record of what was sown when so I can look back next year and decide whether that was a good time to sow or not.

Things which are resown throughout the year, such as lettuces, mustard greens etc. are in a bag of their own as moving them from pack to pack every time would have been annoying and would have meant stuffing the bags overfull – I have a lot of lettuce seeds this year due to some swaps I made during winter!

Daffodil in front of a tree stumpThe first daffodil of the year for my garden has finally poked its head up – I’m glad it’s managed to make it as both my hyacinths and eranthis (winter aconites) have been horribly munched by something – no idea what.  The aconites have had all of their petals ripped off, the hyacinths have huge holes in their buds – any ideas?



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