I can be an impatient gardener and never is this more evident than when it comes to seed sowing and germination. Regardless of what the seed packet, gardening books, not to mention my own experience tells me about the realistic number of days between sowing and sprouting, I find myself peering into my propagators for signs of life, almost before I’ve had chance to put the lid on.
This year has been no different to previous ones so far, despite only having one propagator on the go at the moment containing the seeds of three varieties of chillis (minimum time to germination 21 days) and two kinds of tomatoes (germination at least 7 days). Every few house since the 9th January, I’ve glanced in at the seed tray but to no avail …… which shouldn’t be such a surprise really.
Then yesterday, 15th January, a mere 6 days after sowing the seeds, I saw it! The first seedling of the season, just breaking through the compost, slowly unfurling. Yay!!! I could hardly contain myself and grabbed the camera to take a picture to mark the occasion.
So I can solomnly announce that the first seedling of 2014 is ……. (drum roll please) ……. Tomato Stupice and to add the icing to the cake, so to speak, just an hour later the second Stupice seedling began to show itself. My growing season has officially begun.
Meanwhile, on the dining room window sill, the Little Elf Chillis are making slow but steady progress and the ‘Tim & Joey’ chilli now stands at around 12cm tall. It would seem that despite the warmth of the house, the shorter number of daylight hours and reduced sunshine during the day, has slowed these plants down somewhat but they are still healthy and should produce a lovely crop of early chillis – eventually.