The start of the new season...

09 August, 2012

I have sown my seeds for the coming summer crops. This for me means it is truly the end of winter and the start of the summer garden.

I do feel a bit behind the 8 ball as Liz at Suburban Tomato has already sown her seeds a month ago, but I wanted to wait until I had all my seeds, particularly for the tomatoes as I'm planning a tomato trial (watch this space, details to come...). Unfortunately not all my ordered tomato seeds have arrived yet, but I thought I'd better get a move on, so those latecomers will get sown as they arrive.

I have sown tomatoes, watermelons,  rock melons, cucumbers, eggplants, and a couple of peppers.


Yes, they are sown in toilet paper rolls. I am very classy like that.

But really, its by far the best way I've found to sow seeds, as there is less disturbance when transplanting. When I have grown seedlings in those leftover seedling trays from when I occasionally buy plants (by the way, does anyone else have a mountain of those trays sitting around waiting to be used? Not to mention round plastic tubs; I must have hundreds of those... surely it can't just be me...) the roots of the plants always grow into each other, so I have to tear them apart when planting out, and it always sets them back. I've also tried newspaper pots when I've run out of toilet rolls, but I find them more flimsy, and slightly annoying to make. But I will resort to them when I've run out of the toilet rolls I've saved all year.

These have been sown indoors. I am hoping my predilection for not freezing my butt off and having the home comfortably heated will correlate with adequate temperatures for germination. I've toyed with the idea of buying a proper temperature controlled germinator. But I haven't needed it before. Does anyone use one? Do you find it worth the cost?

(As an aside, I used to work in an agricultural laboratory when I was studying at uni, and the nickname for the lady who worked in the germination lab was 'The Germinator'. As in 'The Terminator'. Geddit? Anyhoo...)

But for now I just have to wait for the seeds to get growing, while anxiously looking at them multiple times a day to see if they've germinated yet.

9 comments:

  1. Love the toilet rolls! Really great idea and an easy thing to save. Did my seeds get to you yet? I mailed them on Saturday.

    Happy seed raising.

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    1. I can't say I love them, but they are convenient! Yes, I got the seeds today, thanks heaps. I can't wait to get them into some soil. Let me know when you get yours!

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    2. Excellent, glad they came, I will.

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  2. I sowed a few of mine last week but not all so I must get a wriggle on. I have never tried the toilet rolls but I think I will now. I just started with the newspaper pots but I'm finding they're already falling apart.

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    1. Yes, I find newspaper pots are like that too. I just got my last lot of seeds today so will be doing more sowing of seeds this week.

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  3. I love the toilet rolls too! I'm just planting my summer crops too. Beautiful photos on your blog.

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    1. Thanks! Sounds like all of us are sowing seeds, must mean spring will be here soon! Well, here's hoping...

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  4. Hello! I've just come a-visiting from Garden Glut!
    Not sure where in Melbourne you are, but if you are near Ceres in Brunswick, they have a pot recycling "scheme" (you just dump your cleaned out old pots and either take some others - or not; leaving them for others to take). It's a good system and I hope more nurseries do it (though Ceres is the only one I've ever seen!)
    - Oanh

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    1. Thanks for the info! I've been meaning forever to get to Ceres, but just haven't made it yet. You've made it move up quite a few spots on the to-do list for sure!

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