As I reflect back on my 2nd week of gardening available in my Gardening Vlog, I showed huge signs of optimism admittedly, I had made a handful of short cuts right from the start.
There have been lots of ups and downs this week, which I have found could be a possibly be due to these “quick fixes”. It weather has been almost in the 20’s during the week so I have felt the need to keep opening the greenhouse and let some air in.
1…use soggy old compost you’ve had for a couple of years. It needs to slightly moist to avoid seed rot – which is what happened to my Pumpkin seeds.
2… use recycled pots and storage tubs without piercing holes in the bottom for drainage.
3… use pots without a tray at the bottom if you can help it.
4… water your plants in the day, do it at night.
5… use soil from the ground to save money. You risk ruining your expensive seeds.
1… germinate seedlings inside on a windowsill or conservatory if you can, giving it a head start (my fiance said it looks naff so I can’t, but if I lived alone, it would be different.
2… remove germinating lid once the seedlings start to appear to prevent scorching. My cucumbers died within less than 24hrs!
3… water your seedlings with plant food every time you water them.
Now that I put all of my pots in the new plastic greenhouse since Sunday 12th April, there have only been a couple of successes to talk about. The main being my cabbages. They are growing like seeds on speed and look incredibly promising, providing I don’t kill them! It may be the only vegetable I grow, which I’ll still be proud of, be it a bottom-burp Summer, I’ll embrace it. As mentioned above, the 2nd promising growth were my cucumber which I should have removed the clingfilm immediately, but I believe they must have reached the clingfilm and quickly turned white like sunburn. As an emergency back up, I have sown some more seeds and I cross my fingers!
The now new 2nd most promising are in joint place, spinach and a single pepper seedling. I think most vegetables are quite expensive these days, particularly peppers. It’s discouraging to anyone who wants to eat healthy and I usually find myself also foraging in the reduced section of supermarkets as I eat so many vegetables every day.
So, now it’s quite sad that I feel glum when I walk in to my little greenhouse with a suspicious feeling nothing will grow – but I think I have that feeling with most attempts. I really I hope I learn a lot my mistakes. There are other hopefuls: broccoli’s, cauliflowers, basil and aubergine.
There is no sign of the potatoes or parsnips that I sowed directly in to the soil on the same Sunday, but I know this is usual.
So here’s a handful of pictures of what my seedlings look like by the finish of their 2nd week.
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I am now off to water and feed my little gentle things for another evening.
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