I've tried really hard to hold back on the seed sowing front, starting them off too early can lead to weak, leggy seedlings as they don't get enough light, and seeds sown later usually catch up anyway. I don't know if it's the nicer weather we had this weekend or if it's reading other blogs where people seem to be way ahead of me, but I've been led astray.
Yesterday's weather wasn't as nice as Saturday's, in fact, it was dull and drizzly for most of the day, but the sun did come out late afternoon and it brightened up. It was around midday that I decided I'd sow some seeds, so I set my stall out on the kitchen floor out of the rain.
I started off with tomatoes. I'm growing four varieties this year, Maskotka, Totem, Gardener's Delight and Ailsa Craig. As you can see, I'm a fan of the cherry types.
I sowed some mangetout - Oregon Sugar Pod. I didn't grow mangetout last year but they're a vegetable which everyone likes so they're back for this year. A packet of mixed lettuce seeds was given free with a magazine so I thought I'd sow some of those. I don't usually grow many salad crops as we're not huge salad eaters but I ate more than usual last year and I intend to again this year so it would be madness not to grow my own. The seeds are a blend of butterhead, cos, crisp and leaf lettuce so I should get a good mix. I also sowed my sweet peas. This packet contains five named varieties: Beaujolais, Noel Sutton, White Ensign, Air Warden and Mrs R.Bolton and is a medium scent mix. The collection should have cost £4.99 but I bought it in the Wyevale 50p sale, it does save me a small fortune buying seed at the end of the season ready for the following year.
I sorted out my seed stash at the back end of last year and was going to dispose of half empty packs, those out of date or seed I just don't want any longer, but yesterday, I mixed some of them together to sow for mixed leaves.
There was also half a packet of chive seeds so I added those to the mix along with Red and Green Salad Bowl and Leaf Salad. These will be able to be cut as small leaves with which to make a nice salad. I might as well get some use out of the seeds rather than discarding them.
So that's where I'm up to at the moment. I'm sure I'll be sowing different seeds each weekend now as the season progresses.
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