|My own Chilli jalapeno from last year- which I saved seed of and its all coming up - yippee!|
I'm going to have a few words with a few of my seeds (Matt Bianco did it better), the few I've got sown are lazy little monkeys - don't they realise I want to say hello to them - come on you lot get UP. I have an excellent view out there waiting for them to look at, why oh why WONT THEY GET UP?????? Today is a few of hopefully many (boring for you), informative for me, updates of my windowsills at the moment. I can't blab on about garden, nowt up out there right now, except wind and wet stuff, yuk all the plants are rightly asleep! Anyway, what I’ve got sown/started on 15th March 2011 in the frozen north only on a window sill (except most of the onions which are at work). I've no timescale except my own - my season really is an unknown up here - I can barely stand up out there most of the time - so as Janet aptly put it yesterday my house is currently a plant incubator. I think thats a nice way to think about it.
I've stuff growing for me, for ebay (plant sales to pay for compost etc) and to try and make a tiny extra bit of a living here where, lets be honest - I didn't come to for the gardening. Not in this climate. Anyhow - as the tunnel aint up yet (I blame my thesis and dyslexic tendancies entirely) I need to be plootering about on random windowsills to get a bit of early sowing done. I've started eating from home - only a few things but its a start and I want to catalogue that bit too. Even just a bit of windowsill action in the manner of a leaf salad is so lovely right now. Well done windowsill, well done mixed leaves.
|Lettuce seed - one, two, three, one hundred and ninety nine, two hundred! Counting to order......|
I'm also beginning my mission to cover the world in flowers (at the moment its the edible kind) I've been putting together lots of seed orders. Mainly for veggies and herbs/salads - I am counting even the tiniest of carrot seeds to order - why buy 2000 of anything when actually you only want 50 or 100. I've been quite surprised at how that is going, it would seem lots of folk like me don't want huge quantities of seeds - its a win win. I get more variety in my growing - folk get low cost seeds - kind of 'bespoke veggie gardening' but wihtout the faff for other folk! I've just to remember not to sneeze whilst counting seeds, not a good idea!
I have to say though, whilst the seeds are winging their way off to various glamourous UK locations, my seedlings to be are being a bit tricky - a few are up and saying hello - waving their little cotyledons - the rest are being a bit sleepy - get on with it you lot!!!!! Coming to me, hopefully up soon and awake, on a nearby windowsill, with an excellent view - are the following little seedling blighters:
Tomato Latah (4 up and waving hello)
Cerinthe major ‘purpurescens’ (9/18 – peeking sleepily)
Chilli (K) pheobus (3 - sleeping)
For me and ebay
Tomato Lilliput (20 germinated on kitchen roll, just woken up having a stretch need put into a sleeping bag (jiffy 7))
Tomato Red alert (15 sown – sleeping, one up and died very sad)
Tomato Lemon drop (6 who seem to be on holiday!)
Chilli haberno (15 - sleeping)
Chilli Black Hungarian (7 - sleeping)
Chilli Bolivian Rainbow (15 - sleeping) 100 more to do
Chilli jalapeño (15 – sleeping but stretching) 100 more to do
Chilli variegata (15 – sleeping but stretching) 100 more to do
Chilli cayenne (15 – sleeping) 100 more to do
Coleuis mixed (15 - all sulking) get a wriggle on!
Cucumber bush spacemaster (12 - peeking and germinating upside down, clearly not the sharpest cucumber in the sandwich)
Squash gagat (3 – sulking)
Sweetcorn Incredible F1 (10) (sleeping - needs to wake up)
Banana shallots (sown in tray, having a stretch)
Potato onions (sown in tray – sulking)
Normal onions (stuttgarter) (sown in tray – peeking)
|I send off my plants in their own little sleeping bags (JIffy 7) which folk can pot up and not disturb the plants. Cool huh?|
Spider plants green (50 rooted, bit sulky but will get there)
Tradescantia fluminensis - Wandering sailor (15 x 2 in a cell – rooted going crazy) (30 started today, probably be crazy by tomorrow)
Wild alpine strawberry plants white fruit like bubble gum (bare rooted)
Geranium red annual (50 rooted)
To do – don’t even go there yet!!
|Thats only the onions I need to germinate this |
year, lets not look at the seed box.....!
On March 16th - I'm eating
Rhubarb (one stem but a start..........)
Leaf salad from windowsill (4th cut already)
Herb basil from windowsill (lidl bargain 2 for 1.50) two tubs of harvested leaves in freezer
Onion - spring onion cut base off rooted in water and now about to put a pot on the windowsill a tub in the freezer
Herb sage - potted from work, some dried
Herb chives - on windowsill - outside stuff still sulking
Early days yet - I must be patient - I wonder however, if wandering about with a gong banging loudly or a megaphone might help them along?
No, OK, I'll wait then. I wish they'd hurry up, OK most things have been sown for less than a week or two, but to keep folk waiting, its very rude indeed! I've taken to yoddling at them..........look at the link above for Matt Bianco........!
Remind me of this when I'm beseiged with seedlings and no idea where to put anything................