Thursday, 15 April 2010

A Pleasant Surprise

I had forgotten I'd ordered this herb collection way back in February, until it arrived today!

It was on special offer from Mr Fothergill's when I ordered my strawberry plants and some seeds, and I really got it for the French Tarragon, but the Gold Marjoram and Tricolour Sage will look fab in the herb garden (as long as I can find space), and the rosemary and coriander will certainly not go to waste either. They are all happily potted up now on the kitchen windowsill.

My seedlings seem to be progressing rather slowly. My kingdom for a nice warm greenhouse! They spend their nights on the kitchen floor and their days on the patio, and I wonder if it's still a bit too cold outside for some of them. It's been more than three weeks and still no sign of the chillis or peppers, and the sweet peas are only just coming up. I dunno, maybe I'm just too impatient. The curcubits are doing better, although only two out of three of each variety germinated (except the pumpkins, which all germinated and seem to be growing three times as fast as anything else!) and the Waltham Butternuts (second from the left in the pic) don't look too healthy to me... I will have to pop a few more seeds in, I think.

Mixed results on the salad front too: not a single lettuce seed has germinated in the big planter in my back garden. Bad seeds perhaps? Will have to start again, methinks. But my mustard, garden cress and cultivated rocket seem to be doing fabulously. Just don't ask me which is which - I really must learn to label EVERYTHING...

3 comments:

Green Lane Allotments said...

I planted up a couple of tubs of herbs to keep in the garden - they look great - well did and will again once they get over the haircut - and they are nice and handy when cooking!

Amy said...

I love herbs, so easy to grow and yet tasty, fragrant and useful too! I'm planning to mix a few into the flower beds because to be honest they grow better than some shrubs.

Well done with the seed sowing, I've made a slow start but think I need to do something to get my cucumbers germinating. Suspect it really is a little too cold at the moment. I guess we just have to keep trying.

BilboWaggins said...

You'll have better luck with chili and pepper germination if you keep them in an electric propagator. They need about a constant 20 degrees to come up successfully. Once they have germinated, remove the lid so they don't suffer from damping off (and apols. if I am teaching grandmother, etc)

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