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Roots ahoy…

30 Apr

It seems that life has conspired to keep me away from my plot this last week. Frustration at the weekend meant that my carefully laid plans for putting my other seedlings out were thwarted by lack of soil! Above all this has been the most irksome of issues with my attempts at green fingered-ness. Buying compost is both expensive and not ideal as a long term growing solution.

Due to the high nitrate of many composts they can do more harm then good, burning roots and leading to the death of plants; something I only found out after putting my courgettes into pure compost – they look ok now so hopefully I’m safe. I had hoped to buy the community compost mentioned in previous post but unfortunately when I arrived for a pick up they had sold out – more fool me for not calling before!

I will write more on my compost conundrum but firstly good news! Remember these! It may have taken them almost two months but they’ve finally gone and done it…roots!
Rooting lemongrass
I so nearly gave up on these babies and so pleased now I persevered, one already has a tiny shoot pushing up alongside. Potted and chilling in my kitchen.
Potted lemongrass

Moving on up…

22 Apr

Sunday dawned sunny and bright, after a week of fretting about their survivalĀ it was time to give my courgettes a little more space. I’ve decided to devote the whole planter to these babies in the hope of a bumper crop, let’s hope it is big enough.

courgette planter

Whoomph, where did they come from? My Bolotti beans have sprung up in record time…
Borlotti bean seedlings

Sweet peas, beans and the nasturtiums are next. First a trip here to get some community compost.

Toughening up!

15 Apr

A quick update on my seedlings which have progressed at a ferocious rate. Fingers crossed our final frost has passed and it’s time to think about putting my seedlings outside. Now begins a period of hardening off, the process of leaving seedlings outside for a few hours each day in order to toughen them up and ensure they don’t die of shock when they are planted out. They are looking good and strong and by and large most have germinated, so far only two failures, one nasturtium and two courgettes have not appeared. I nearly gave up on my spicy globe basil and the chilli peppers, but after a stint on top of the boiler they have emerged.

Here they are on the balcony, in the sunshine!

hardening off seedlings

As you can see at the back of the photo is the salad box that I was so excited about. Unfortunately all that straining for the light left them very leggy and they soon started drooping. I’ve tried physically stroking them in order to promote strength of stem and hopefully with some time outside they will perk up….We shall see.

Here they come…

23 Mar

As you may have realised I’m a big fan of the macro. There’s something magical about capturing the minutiae of life. Here’s a little one of the nasturtiums that, along with the other seedlings I planted, are emerging on my windowsill.

nasturtium seedling

I never realised that the leaves are also edible on a nasturtium plant. The flowers look gorgeous on salads in the summer but the leaves that stick around longer, I can imagine, would be delicious in salads too, peppery and sharp. Perhaps a nasturtium pesto….I think i’ll leave these to grow a little more before getting overexcited about crop.

nasturtium plants

Seeds of change

12 Mar

I decided to order a whole batch of seeds from ebay! I wanted to take the plunge and make sure I didn’t cop out of this project before I’d even got out of the starting blocks. Anyway, they’ve arrived and so it was straight into pots with them this afternoon. I’m starting them off inside as we’re having a seriously cold spell and then when they’re looking strong enough I’ll transplant them outside. On another note, major bargain today, found a huge wine box just round the corner from my house – perfect for my courgettes!plants2
plants

Had the idea to use clothe pegs for my plant labels…Will the biro come off when outside?Let’s hope not.

Landcress, nasturtiums, courgettes (two varieties), poppies, basil and oregano to start….not much to eat yet.