Down on the Allotment

What's happening down on the allotment? An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Seeds Sown!

This time last year my seedlings were already nearly a month old. This year has been such a cold Spring that I didn't dare sow any seeds until now. I really feel like the season has started now.I have a heated propagator in the greenhouse and I will have to keep these little darlings warm until all danger of frost is past. I use a good quality seed compost and a layer of vermiculite on top. I have sown my lemongrass seeds too, fingers crossed.
My Isle of Wight garlic is looking good too. They stayed out all Winter and seem quite happy.
The rhubarb is bursting its way up over the thick layer of compost I gave them a couple of weeks ago. It's all happening, here down on the allotment!

14 Comments:

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Chicken lover said...

Hi Matron
I know what you mean about holding off with the seed sowing but I too finally got my hands in the compost today and it felt good :)

Jane

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Ribbit said...

Fantastic! I'm glad to see you've been able to get things going. We're starting up here, too. It makes me so giddy.

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

Whoops I've only just planted my garlic. Hopefully I haven't left it too late.

I'm envious of your rhubarb.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Tash said...

I feel like it has been too cold too, it's been such a long drawn out winter. Now I'm only a beginner here but I think there is something in me saying wait a little longer it's not quite warm enough. Perhaps this intuition is deep in our make up. We follow signs that our ancestors did like steadily warming weather, the longer days of sunshine and those signals of spring like the little shoots poking their heads through the ground. It's very uplifting it's like a promise we can count on.
Best of luck with your season ahead.
Tash

 
At 1:25 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

The 2010 garden is well underway here already. Unlike you, we have actually been having an unusually warm and mild early spring and I have been able to get about a two week jump on everything. I still use protective covers etc as insurance, but so far it has largely been unecessary.

The rhubarb and garlic look like they are thriving.

 
At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

I'm hoping to get some seeds in today. It's been frustrating that the weather has been too cold to start earlier but it's better to wait a while than risk losing delicate seedlings.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

We've had more hard frosts this year than for the last 5 years added together. Climate change seems to mean greater extremes here in Britain.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Jo said...

It's great to be able to get going at long last. It's seemed such a long winter this year. Hopefully we'll get a good long summer too.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

we've just started too, pointless to do it earlier this year. fingers crossed or everything, especially the lemongrass - finding that very interesting x

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Hi Matron. Its always good to get the seeds growing, it makes you feel like spring is here even thought the weather won't co-operate. Bob.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Your garlic and rhubarb is way ahead of ours. We are having another really cold spell here with frost and temps at night dipping below minus again. Roll on Summer!

 
At 4:23 AM, Blogger Tootsie said...

I was just scrolling down in my blog and see that I missed you last weekend!!! O forgive me please!!!! I love seeing that you have started some babies....I can't wait to see what they do as they grow!!!
Please don't think that I always ignore my linked bloggers....I NEVER would!!! Oh how sorry I am...please join me again?

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

great to started isn't it. Can't wait until the clocks go forward.

 
At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Lou Murray's Green World said...

Your rhubarb is up already? Arg. I live in southern California and mine isn't up yet. I planted it only last year and I'm worried that it might not have made it through the winter. I'm not giving up on it yet though.

 

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