I won’t start by yet again whingeing about how infrequently I’ve been making it out into the garden – you’ve all heard that before – today’s post is about what I HAVE managed to do recently. And this is for you Glenn, you wanted more garden news and what can I say, I aim to please!
Some weeks ago I scavenged half an hour out of my day to do something about my spring/summer garden knowing if I didn’t get my act into gear I wouldn’t be harvesting much of anything. I also had a bunch of new seeds to have a play with as well as some that I had saved from last year. I had also been gathering some much needed advice about growing from seed in seed trays after a pretty dismal history in this department. This advice needed trying out.
My first step was to line my seed trays with some cardboard. This would stop the seeds being washed down through the gaps when I watered them (which happened last year I think) and also absorb some of the moisture to release back into the soil later – well that’s my thinking anyway. The tomato seeds I had saved (wild sweeting, a dark cherry variety and a nameless cherry variety – I thought I had saved the lemon drops seeds as well, but if so they have since disappeared) had been squeezed on to paper towel, spread out a little and then left to dry before being stored (still on the paper towel). All I did was lay the sheets of paper towel in the half filled seed trays and cover them with more seed-raising mix. A couple of weeks in the green house and I had this – a very crowded mass of gorgeous little seedlings, YAY!
Today I pricked out three of each and repotted them into larger pots on their own. I have popped them back in the green house to get a bit biggger (advice being to give them plenty of seaweed solution or worm wee to get them going) and then they’ll go in the ground. It will be a little later than the Cup Day tomato planting instruction, but hopefully not too long.
I week or so after I planted the first lot of seeds I tried some new tomato seeds varieties, some in a seed tray as per the above with the cardboard at the bottom, and some in smaller seedling punnets. I put the bigger tray into the outside greenhouse and the rest into a make shift green house in the laundry – a nice sunny room.. Of these ones, I only have 1 grosse lisse seed that had germinated – BOO! I don’t know what has happened to the others. I tell you, there is a lot riding on that one grosse lisse!!!
Now more advice needed – should I give those seeds a bit longer? Should I replant into seed trays/seedling pots? Or should I throw some straight in the ground and see what happens?