Garden planning...

29 July, 2012

I have spent a leisurely weekend afternoon looking over the current status of my seed supplies, and working out what (if anything) I need to purchase for the coming season.


Note: when I say "need" I really mean "want".

I really enjoyed garden glut's recent post on her seed storage method. My seed collection is housed in two old wine glass boxes. Each box has 6 partitions and I have allocated a month to each of these. I have an autumn-winter box and spring-summer box. It seems to help me successively sow which I tend to do once a month (if I'm sticking to the plan), as once I've sown a seed I put it into the next month it should be sown in.


Its amazing how many seeds one can end up with. I say this as if I am an innocent bystander in this excess of seed, when really it is all my own fault. I just love the idea of growing different veg, always a new type or a new variety. And the packet of seeds invariably contains 20 to 200 seeds, when I will never use that many. I wish there were seed companies that sold varieties in packets of 10 seeds. Just enough to try something, without feeling guilty when the packet is there with too many seeds to sow 3 years later! Or hoping it will still germinate if its something I really like!

But anyway, back to my collection. I have currently (in no particular order): Pumpkin (4 varieties), Scorzonera, Spaghetti Squash, Carrot (4 varieties, plus my own saved seeds from last year's crop), Parsnip, Lettuce (5 varieties), Kale (3 varieties), Spinach, Cabbage (2 varieties), Celery (4 varieties), Cauliflower (2 varieties), Collards, Leek, Beetroot (2 varieties, plus some in the garden going to seed), Squash, Zucchini (4 varieties), Eggplant (4 varieties), Peas (2 varieties), Snow Peas, Celeriac, Climbing Beans (4 varieties), Bush Beans (2 varieties), Cantaulopes (7 varieties), Watermelons (6 varieties), Tomato (7 varieties), Cucumber (7 varieties), Peppers (4 varieties), plus assorted herbs and flowers.

I knew it was going to be bad, but not this bad.

So I have come up with a short list of seeds to buy: Corn and Tomatoes. I know I already have more tomato seeds than any rational person could need, but I want some big beefsteak type, some green and some white tomatoes, so I can make gorgeous multi-coloured tomato salads to cheer my heart in the height of summer. Preferably with buffalo mozzarella, basil leaves, good olive oil and good bread!

Now I just have to decide where they are all going to go in the garden. About half of what I grow goes into the main veg patch which consists of 8 beds in a 4 year rotation.


The rest will need to get squeezed into the rest of the garden which is a mix of edible and purely aesthetic plants. Hopefully it will fit, otherwise I will be trying to get a lot of seeds off my hands. I try to get them off my hands by spreading the veg growing word to friends and colleagues, but it hasn't made much of a dent in my stocks so far. If anyone out there in blog-land would like to take some off my hands feel free to contact me. Seriously.

What do you do with your excess seeds?

9 comments:

  1. Perhaps we could do some trades. I'll go through my seed collection and email you all the ones I have including varieties and perhaps we can swap some?

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  2. You sound very organized! I'm hopeless with seeds too. I've definitely got more than I need and I'm always tempted by more. Mind you I am a creature of habit. I have had success with Tommy toe tomatoes and I'm afraid to plant anything else!

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    1. That's funny as I've tried Tommy Toe but they've never done that well in my garden, and I have no idea why. But go with what works I say!!

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  3. I love this blog, I love your seed boxes! And I know what you mean about excess seeds. Perhaps we could do what happens sometimes in the quilting community...they swap off cuts, we could swap seeds we are happy to part with. And it might even be a surprise what we end up with.

    We could do a mystery swap with bloggers... I send you two packets and you send me two... or we could identify something we'd fancy?

    I have some excess kale seeds and lots lettuce. Anyone interested in those?

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  4. The mystery seed idea is fabulous!!! I'd be happy to swap you for some lettuce seeds, just let me know if you would prefer to choose from my excess seed list or some surprise seeds. :)

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    1. Excellent! Then can I have some pumpkin and a surprise?? If you email me your address then I'll send some off! My email is louisedavid@iinet.net.au

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  5. Lovely seed box- very organised... yesterday I planted my tomato and capsicum. I have sowed one punnet which I am referring to as the 'lucky dip' random capsicum/ chilli... no idea what. My problem is I dry my seeds on paper towel on the window sill. The idea being after they are dried out they go into carefully marked envelopes in my seed drawer. Nice theory in practise in the midst of my average Sunday arvo pre-work week cleaning frenzy they end up in the drawer as is in the paper towel. I suspect they are yellow caps (my standard favourite over the past couple years). If anyone one wants to take a punt they are there for the taking!

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    1. Thanks! Well done on sowing your seeds. I have been wanting to sow mine, but I'm hoping my new tomato varieties will arrive soon so I can sow them all togeather. I save some of my seeds the same way. I have tried writing the variety on the paper towel, although when the seeds fall off that's pretty much useless. I'd be happy to give your capsicum seeds a go, feel free to email me at rsstie@gmail.com and I'll send you my list of excess seeds for you to choose some return seeds from.

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