Sowing seeds...

27 August, 2016

It's been a long time since I blogged. I've been gardening but just haven't felt the inspiration to write about it.

But now the seasons are changing. The sap is rising in the plants, and this gardener. I just had to sow some summer harvest seeds, and for a change, felt the need to take a picture and write about it.

It's nothing special. Just sowing the seed of 27 or so varieties of tomatoes, 3 cucumbers, 2 rockmelons/cantaloupes and 1 watermelon.




These were sown in the relative warmth of the polytunnel, which will hopefully mean germination. In my usual method I've plonked the tubs in trays of water which I keep topped up, meaning the seeds stay nice and moist but not sopping.

Fingers crossed that these seeds germinate well and grow strongly.

What seeds are you sowing?

13 comments:

  1. Ooh, look at you, bravely putting seed to soil! It's almost irresistible isn't it? Still a bit cold here, as no polytunnel, and we are still getting frosts. But the planning is wonderfully exciting:)

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    1. I couldn't help myself :)
      It's warming up here, which is nice as it felt like a long winter and I'm itching to get into the growing season

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  2. It's good to see you back Bek, I've missed your posts.

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  3. I've sown all my tomatoes but even though they're in the polyhouse, they're only just coming up after 3 weeks. Also sown chives, parsley and red-veined sorrel, but still too cold for me to sow cukes or pumpkins. French Beans usually go in first week in October and every month till about February. Otherwise still eating winter greens......mizuna, silver beet, kale, etc. Not much else from the garden....tamarillos just about finished, but joy of joys, asparagus just surfacing!

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    1. Good to know your polytunnel toms are up :)
      Yes, my asparagus is just starting to show, I can't wait for it to be big enough to pick!

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  4. Good to see you pop up in the inbox Bek! Quick question regarding the trays under your seed pots. I wont be around to monitor them for the next month (but have others caring for them) so I'm wondering if putting smaller pots in trays would make them too wet? Does this method work best with the larger/taller pots? or because it's "bottom up" wet it could work with smaller ones too?

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    1. Hi Nell. I tend to use the bigger pots as I find the plants can then grow more unhindered before I plant them out in 4-8 weeks. I have used the smaller plant pots but I do find they are a lot wetter, which can be good for things that like to be quite moist for germination but I'm not sure how well they'd go for longer periods. For things that grow slowly it would be ok I guess, or if you are happy to repot them when they get too big, or plant them out. Planting out directly they might be in shock for a bit if the soil isn't equally wet.

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  5. For the first time in months I made it the GSC blog this mth and like you said,a new season brings back the excitement of gardening for me. I have been following you on Insta so seen your updates. I sowed all my summer seeds last mth and purchased all new seed from Lambley and am happy to say all have germinated! So here's to a bountiful season :)

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    1. Yes, I find Insta such an easier way to post about what's happening in the garden than writing a full blog post so it's happening much more often. Good to hear others are prepped. I've got a few more things to sow, so you're ahead of me :)

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  6. I'm so happy to see a new post on your site. I was starting to get worried that you were going to join the other bloggers who have recently made the decision to stop blogging due to lack of time/energy. I've read your blog from start to finish three times already. It's one of my favourite sources of inspiration!

    I started about a dozen tomato seeds at the start of August (only one variety has come up so far). I also planted two varieties of watermelon, a few eggplant seeds, and a dozen rainbow silverbeet (they've been the best germination so far!).

    Two weekends ago, I also start pumpkins, capsicums, cucumbers and rockmelons in pots.

    I just couldn't wait to get seeds planted and the weather to warm enough so I could get back out into the garden! :D

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    1. I know there has been a few stop of late. Truthfully I did consider it, but then Spring happened and I got my blogging mojo back :)
      I've had a few toms come up, maybe 50% of varieties. Cucumbers and melons are also up :)

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