Sowing seeds etc

Friday the 28th of Feb was a warm morning and i could’nt resist sowing a little seed. The first number is how many seeds per cell.

  1. 1. Ishikura Onion (spring onion) 10×4 cells multI sown from Stormy hall
  2. Musselburough leek 2×12 cells
  3. Tumbler tomatoes 2×4 cells Brown envelope (Outdoor bush variety)
  4. Mexican midge tomatoe 2×4 ,Seedsavers (Outdoor bush variety)
  5. Moneymaker 2×2 Brown envelope
  6. Blackcherry 2×2 cells Brown envelope ( indeterminate needs sideshooting )
  7. Brandywine 2×2 cells ( indeterminate needs sideshooting )
  8. Amish salad tomatoe 2×2 cells, seedsavers ( in or out, indeterminate)
  9. Aurora Tomatoe (Outdoor bush variety)
  10. Mixed peppers 2×2 cells
  11. Kale Toscana di nero , Stormy hall through Fruithill farm
  12. Mix salad leaves 5 x4 cells
  13. Rocket 5×4 cells
  14. Fenugreek 1×4 cells

I don’t expect everything to germinate but if it does a little thinning will sort this.

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I use old shoe boxes to organise the seeds into various sections making sowing quicker.

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You can buy wooden plant labels that are slightly wider than lolly pop stick but cost a lot more. I used the lolly pop sticks 1000 for 8.50 euro and last years. They are not reusable in many cases as they take on moisture and rot depending on watering and use.You can get these from art and hobby shops or school book shops.

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I use a piece of glass beneath the trays for cleaning up and a bit of board.

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The method I use for sowing seed is as follows.

Decide what you want to sow based on  available space, time of year and successional sowing.Setup a little corner somewhere sunny with all the bits and pieces you will need.

Seed trays,pots, compost, pens and pencils, note book, reference books, labels, nearby watering can with very fine rose or a plastic bottle with holes in top and leveling stick.

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  1. Overfill your tray with compost. Break this up by rolling a sealed bag about to breakup any lumps or rubbing between you hands as you fill. You can use a sieve but this compost should if dry be quite fine anyway.

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2. level with a piece of timber 2×1 inch is ideal, using a sawing action.

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3. pick up the tray a few inches from table and drop it twice. This helps to settle the compost.The level will now have settle a few mm.

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4. Using you fingers make a slight depression in the centre of each cell. The exact depth is determined by the seed size

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5. Place some seed on the palm of your hand and drop them into the cells. For fine seed fold a  piece of paper place the seed in the fold and use a pencil  to tease them one by one to the edge and into the cell. For very fine seed you can also use a small piece of glass with a tiny water droplet to pick up the seed and transport to the cell where the water disolves into the compost releasing the seed into position.

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6. Rub some compost betwen your hands over the seed and re level using the timber. For some seeds celery, lettuce for exampe they like light to germinate so don’t cover them.

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7.Label the tray with the variety and date sown and keep records in a log book .

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8. Lightly water the seeds using a fine rose or perforate plastic bottle and leave in a sunny possition. Make sure the can is fairly full and get the flow doing before quickly passing this accross the trays to avoid big drips and trenches.

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We have sown leek, borage, lovage, tagetes, sunflower, kale, chives, parsley, spring onion. Expecting a delivery of seed in the next few days ,

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The radish seeds we used to mark out the early nantes carrot rows  have come up in the last few days. We sowed the rest of the bed with nantes carrots.

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Setting up the carrot drills using a piece of bamboo cane.

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The wood chipper is very handy at turing the bulk of branches into a usable mulch for paths etc.

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At home I don,t have outdoor power or a sunny south facing window cill inside ,so I bring a tray of the most heat demanding seeds in at night to a small heating matt. Depending on the weather I use a termo- hygrometer to decide when to place the tray on the shelf in the greenhouse. This has worked for me before.Once germinated I do,nt use any heat other than a propagator cover for particularly cold nights or bring in doors. Last night temps dropped to 5 degrees inside the greenhouse but its well into the mid 20s on a clear bright day at the moment.

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The ducks have both started to lay in the past week as the temperature and light levels are increasing and I have notice the pak choi and salads are bolting.

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I made this little covered feeding area for the duck food recently with a little pot of oyster shells sunken in to ground..

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I moved the blueberries into pots as the soil is too alkaline here for them. Recently potted up some Oregano, Thyme, Lemon balm, Goji berrys.

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I planted some summer garlic “flavor” was very dissapointed with the quality as I had to throw away most of the cloves. They were soft, sprouting and rotten. Hopefully I will get a refund for this.

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Finally I turned the compost heap and closed it up for maturation. I won’t be adding any new material to this pile. Got some posts for fixing up the pea supports.

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