The Land Rover Owners Wife

Gardening Club 2013 – sowing the first seeds

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Ready for business - the polytunnel

Ready for business – the polytunnel

It’s official! Spring is here! Though looking out of my window I think it’s fair to say that Mother Nature hasn’t realised this fact as yet, as we have approximately 3 inches of snow which is actually not that bad compared to other parts of the UK, who are either buried under significantly more of the white stuff or are trying to cope with yet more flooding.

However, it is nearing the end of March and so this week the school Gardening Club got busy sowing the first of the seasons seeds. I have to say, at this point, the enthusiasm of my little gardeners, despite the bitingly cold weather and gale force winds, was pretty amazing.

We did the sowing of seeds in the Polytunnel which didn’t really offer much of a respite from the cold and wind, although it did keep us dry and I have commandeered the windowsills of the library and the library landing (with permission I might add) on which to put 5 of the propagators – thank goodness for nice deep Victorian windowsills.

Library windowsill - 1 of 3 propagators which now reside there.

Library windowsill – 1 of 3 propagators which now reside there.

In total we have sown 20 varieties of vegetable and 3 different types flowers:

Vegetables:

  • Cabbage Golden Acre
  • Cauliflower Snowball
  • Chilli Caribbean Mix
  • Chilli Cayenne
  • Courgette All Green Bush
  • Courgette Tondo de Piacenza
  • Cucumber Marketmore
  • Kale Scarlet
  • Leek Musselburgh
  • Leek Oarsman
  • Lettuce Buttercrunch
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Greenheart mix
  • Onion North Holland Bloodred Redmate
  • Pea Feltham First
  • Pea Petit Pois
  • Spicy Salad Leaves
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomato Gardeners Delight
  • Tomato MoneymakerSeed propagators - landing windowsill

Flowers:

  • Daisy Swan River
  • Poppy Californian
  • Nasturtium trailing mix

The propagator of flower seeds and the planters with the Feltham peas in them, have been left in the polytunnel, as I simply didn’t have room for them in the school, so it’ll be down to luck as to whether or not they germinate.Ā  All in all though, a productive week and, with any luck, the start of a successful season.

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2 thoughts on “Gardening Club 2013 – sowing the first seeds

  1. I love this time of year, sowing seed time. For me there is always a feeling of so much promise for what is to come in the summer garden. Here is Southern California the nasturtiums and poppies and already blooming. Here’s to a bountiful summer! šŸ™‚

  2. Lol, even the poor old daffodils are struggling to flower over here at the moment šŸ™‚ Should be out in time for Easter next weekend though and there is the promise of a spectacular show when they do. I’ve never seen so many flower heads on our daffs – maybe the cold weather have given them a boost after all šŸ™‚

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