Learning to Garden (16)

The garden is showing some signs of drying out, but it is still too wet to do much.  Early last week there was a diversion when storm Imogen collapsed a cherry tree on to the garden wall, fortunately nobody was around at the time, so the damage was limited to some displaced bricks and disturbance of the garlic and broad beans.

A snowdrop appeared in the front garden:

Over the past few weeks I have acquired the seeds for this year’s sowing and this afternoon I have planted 75 in small pots, they are:

  • Tomato – Ailsa Craig
  • Tomato – Harbinger
  • Capsicum – California wonder
  • Chilli – Cayenne
  • Celery – the packet says its an easy to grow variety

From the experience of the last few years, it seems that the third or fourth week in February is a good time to start seeds.  Any earlier it and is too cold for them to germinate and those that do don’t thrive and if anything goes wrong there is still time to have a second go.  If all goes well, the seedlings will spend most of March in the house, then towards the end of the month they will spend their days in the plant tents getting used to the big wide world coming back into the house in the evenings to avoid frost damage.  Hopefully, there will be viable plants for their respective beds by the end of April.

A couple of years back I got distracted and forgot to being the plants inside before a forecast frost, it was sad to see the wilted seedlings.  The other danger is tripping over the dog whilst carrying a tray of seedlings.  Who would have thought gardening was such a risky business.

Wall repairs absorbed some of my spare cash, so I have sown some of the leftover seeds from last year and I’m curious to see what happens.  The total expenditure on seed potatoes, onion sets and tomato seeds this year is less than £10.

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About SolarBucket

I trained as a mechanical engineer in the 1970's and then spent most of the following 25 years doing sums and software for Oil and Gas Exploration. Current interests are the study of wind and solar resources.
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