It has to be said, the last few weeks have found me with little impetus to get on and do the things that really needed to be sorted. Unlike other years, the recent time change of falling back an hour seems to have also let me fall into an “Oh, I will sort it tomorrow…” state of mind, and we all know where that can lead!!
So, I needed a bit of a kick up the arse, or at least a nudge in the right direction.
Thankfully, the lovely Kelly Bramill of Kelly’s Kitchen Garden gave me a right, royal kick up the arse… at least metaphorically! And, to be fair, it was less of a kick and more of a warming nudge of “Go on… you know you will like it”. And like it I did!!
A few days back Kelly uploaded her latest video where she sows White Lisbon Spring Onions and three types of lettuce. Early sowings of a lettuce that Kelly did at this time last year have provided her family with over 2.5kg of salad leaves this year!! A monumental harvest of salad leaves in anyone’s book.
So today, following Sunday Chat, it was time to get some sowing of my own done. Admittedly, I could have stayed in front of the TV watching Vivi’s first Sunday on the Sofa - and believe you me I was quite comfy watching it on our sofa in our warm front room with a cuppa in hand. However, as I watched my fingers were growing increasingly itchy, and I knew a spell of seed sowing was going to be the only thing to quell them. So, about 10 minutes in and with Vivi’s washing machine seemingly nearing the end of its spin cycle I said to Richard “Nope, I'm going to have to watch Vivi later. I'm going down to the plot to sow some seeds.” And after a rummage in my seed box, where I found gifted and ‘magazine’ seeds, that's exactly what I've done!
Following Kelly's advice, which you can watch fully in her video, I've now multi-sown White Lisbon Spring Onions in modules, and I've separated one of our half-size seed trays into three using seed labels and sown All The Year Round lettuce, Southern Giant mustard and Arctic King lettuce. The compost was already moist and the seed trays have now had a light watering and will stay in the polytunnel under their little plastic hat for some months, or at least until we move the poly to lower down on our new plot. I've never sown salad leaves or spring onions at this time of year before, though clearly it did very well for Kelly who lives much further north and in a colder environment, so fingers crossed!
If your fingers are getting itchy too, and you know that only a bout of seed sowing will sort it, then why not grow along with Kelly also? It will be interesting to see how we all do.
A Guernsey Gardener in London, Day 12
An 'after seed sowing' darkening sky at our allotment.
17/11/2019 07:08:07 pm
I ordered tinytim tomatoes and plan on growing on our dining room table like do to start seeds,I will also try lettuce, pepper maybe one eggplant
18/11/2019 09:17:10 am
It will be interesting to see how you get on Brian. Greta is of course such an inspiration too, alongside Kelly. 🤞
17/11/2019 09:43:12 pm
Yay! You’re welcome 😉 I hope our seedlings do well and we have bountiful spring salad harvests x
18/11/2019 09:18:18 am
Fingers crossed!! I remember sowing my tomatoes outside in January many years back, in a small growhouse, and I have to say they were strong plants! 🤞
17/11/2019 10:56:44 pm
I just keep pulling out my seeds and fondling them 😒trying to decide what I want to plant in my mini green house this February March..Thanks for the pointing in the right direction❤👈👉
18/11/2019 09:19:32 am
Thanks Anna, and do let us know what you are going to sow, and take us on your journey please! 😊
24/11/2019 11:04:23 am
I would never think to sow salad leaves at this time of year......hmmmm.....I think you've just given me a nudge too. Thank you.
25/11/2019 03:30:34 pm
Dad did do so years ago... another thing I had totally forgotten about.! I will also be sowing some pea shoots soon, and maybe some radish too as I have lots of spare seed! 😊
25/11/2019 12:21:03 pm
I have been harvesting some lettuce, kale, mustards, collards, and spinach from my fall/winter garden for salads and I absolutely love it. It's lovely to have a big harvest this time of year. My spring onions are still too small but looking forward to those also. Best of luck for lots of healthy greens!
25/11/2019 03:32:10 pm
Oh, that sounds just fab Sharon. I have quote a few crops still in the ground and ready to harvest though no micro-greens as yet. Fingers crossed!! 😊
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