Friday, 27 February 2015

Sowing the Seeds











I can't believe it, I have the day off and it is dry!  At last I can  get out into the garden and get started on my veg.  I'm sure all of you more experienced people already have things well under way, but I'm new to this so haven't got a clue what to do when.  My son dug over my little veg patch for me last week so today I planted some spinach and put black plastic over the rest of the patch.  It will stop the weeds coming up and all the cats in the neighbourhood who have been using it as their personal poo patch.  I also planted some of my chitted potatoes into bags, I really love new potatoes I can't wait to dig my fingers into the earth to find the waxy, full of flavour beauties.  I'm feeling a bit like Barbara from the good life, there'll be pigs in the garden next :)





I have gone a bit over the top with my seed buying but hopefully I will find space somewhere to plant most of them.  Some of them will have to go into pots.   I am hoping the spaghetti squash will be a success and Zucchino custard white seeds I bought when I was at the Eden Project.  I'm probably being a bit too ambitious, it will all end in tears.







It felt wonderful to get out into the garden, clomping around in my welly boots while the birds hovered around tweeting loudly at me, waiting for me to go indoors so they could get to the birds feeders.  A little bit of sun makes such a difference, I found myself singing away to myself as I filled the bags.

I bought some tomato and cucumber seeds the other day, I'm guessing I should be doing something with them.  My greenhouse has an inch of water in it, seems to flood every year, I will have to get out there and start bailing it out but I'm not looking forward to that.  My shoulder is telling me I have done enough for one day.





The spring flowers are looking beautiful and there are little buds appearing on the shrubs. Summer will soon be here.   Happy days :)


I'm pleased to report the spiraliser has not been sitting in it's box.  I have been using it a lot and will show you what I have been making with it soon.

Have a wonderful weekend blogger buddies,

Chickpea xx

30 comments:

  1. It's not a out perfection it's about enjoyment and eating what grows, we are all still learning. Gardening in warm sunshine is bliss

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    1. True, I don't care what it looks like, just as long as it tastes good :)

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  2. It is great to make a start with the growing season, I am sure your plants will do well, if you are short of space have a look at vertical gardening, there is so much you can do and keep it looking attractive :-)

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  3. I love the purple crocuses, you have an interested range of seeds there, happy gardening x

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  4. Don't worry about starting too soon as most things catch up later and you don't have to worry about temps if you start a bit later too. Cuc seeds need a good warmth to get them going and to keep them going so they are better a bit later

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  5. Hey Chickpea,
    I am thinking of planting some veg seeds this weekend, so that they will be ready to go into the ground at the allotment in April. I am unashamedly a fair weather gardener, and the weather has been quite hit and miss since Christmas. And I'd be very interested in the spirilizer. !'ve been thinking of getting one for ages.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Leanne x

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    1. I'm using the spiralizer a lot Leanne, so quick and easy.

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  6. I have a lot of land with all sorts of critters that can't wait to eat what I plant.
    So I have a very tiny enclosed in side yard that I plant in pots. And I buy way to many seeds !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I think I got carried away and bought too many!

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  7. Good luck with the seeds. I seem to start well with seeds, but get bored after a while! I really must try harder! Have a great weekend. x

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    1. Thanks Sara, hoping I don't get bored with all the watering and weeding :)

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  8. The cucumbers can wait, they grow quickly but the tomatoes need to get started, do you have a bright windowsill indoors where you can get them going?

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    1. Yes, I will put them in one of the bedroom windows, thanks for the advice :)

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  9. It's still below freezing here in the NY metro area. I have some butternut squash seeds to plant in an unused corner at work, and I'm looking forward for my stinging nettle patches to grow back, but I think it'll be a month or so.

    Do you have any recipes for squash blossoms? They are absolutely delicious.

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    1. I tasted them in a restaurant but not made them, I'm looking foreward to making some

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  10. Lots of lovely seeds! I grew Patty pan squash last year, they are extremely productive!

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    1. I'm looking forward to growing them and eating them :)

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  11. It's so exciting! Like you I've dabbled before, but this year I want to do it more thoroughly. Is use window ledges for starting my seedlings off as I don't have a greenhouse - seems to work well for peppers, chillies and tomatoes. I'm also trying basil, butternut squash and sweet peas at the moment. Haven't got my potatoes in their bags yet. So much to do!!! But it's great to get out there in the sunshine :)

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    1. Looking forward to seeing what you grow!

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  12. Beautiful colourful pics,love the flowers soooo pretty.Good Luck with the veg patch,I'm sure it will do well.Hugs

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  13. I'm itching to get going with our seeds but I'm holding back a wee while until temperatures rise a bit more here.

    jean
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    1. I've put my spinach under plastic just in case. Looking forward to getting more started though!

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  14. blimey, what a fab selection, you will be harvesting a good crop this year.

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  15. It is going to be a really great growing year at your house! xx

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    1. I hope so Amy, not grown from seed before so fingers crossed :)

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