Last year I was so eager to get my garden up an running, I started sowing seeds indoors in July. It sounds a bit premature, but in hindsight, I had a better established crop of seedlings this time last year than I do now. Next year, I’ll be better organised to start early. September feels too late.
Once again my faithful seedling potter has transformed newspaper into hundreds of little biodegradable pots for my seedlings. An excellent winter’s evening activity – just scrub your inky mitts thoroughly afterwards!
New tries for this season:
- Thai Purple Eggplant – I think I only yielded one eggplant off of my three plants last year, despite the long growing season I tried to give them. The aphids killed the eggplants I bought inside to overwinter. So this year I thought I’d try the Thai Purple Eggplant as it supposedly provides a high yield of small fruits. Available from Kings Seeds. Ironically it is my ‘black beauty’ Eggplant seeds from last year that have germinated ahead of the Thai. Watch this space.
- Rocket – buying small leaves in plastic packets from the supermarket, only for half to wilt before you get to it seemed foolish. Especially when Rocket is notoriously easy to grow. So easy in fact, I’ve limited it to a large plastic pot to stop it from spreading. Apparently it can grow like a weed if you’re not careful. Seeds scattered a week ago have already germinated happily sitting outside. Time to think spring pizza!
- Coriander – again, buying herbs in packets when for the same price you could buy a packet of many seeds or even a living plant, seemed silly. So this year I’m growing coriander from seeds. Apparently they don’t like too much heat, so I’ll start in a pot that can be moved around, as soon as the weather warms up a bit.
- Zucchini – high yield of marrows last year. Must be more vigilant! This year I’m trying a yellow zucchini from seed, just to shake things up. It’s called “gold rush”.