It is official, the season has begun. Woo Hooo, Hooray, YaY and all those other celebratory words that are just too difficult to spell!
I squeezed some time into my busy schedule that if I waited for an opening would have happened maybe sometime in mid-November. So I decided, enough was enough with the busyness – my seeds need to come first.
The first thing I did was to find a seed tray to plant them in. This meant going outside in the dark to my shed and rummaging about by the light of the moon to find one that would do the job and race back inside before my poor body realised it was actually cold outside. The tray I grabbed hadn’t been used in a while and me being me, I didn’t wash it after I finished using it last time.
These first seeds are quite symbolic of the whole season and so I want to make sure they get off to the best start so I grabbed one of the kids old toothbrushes and filled the sink with a bleachy water and proceeded to scrub every little nook and cranny. If I’d thought about it – instead of fumbling about in the dark I would have realised I didn’t need a tray so big with so many nooks and crannys, but I was there now – cleaning it. I wasn’t going to go back out into the cold dark shed again.
I made labels out of an old milk bottle and set up a detailed spreadsheet on my computer to record all the activity.
I lined a tray with newspaper and left it to soak while I was doing all the scrubbing and then set about filling the seed tray with seed raising soil. Then came the momentous moment – putting actual seeds in the soil and covering them up! It is done. The growing season has begun!
They are now tucked up safe and sound in the top of the hot water cupboard which is a toasty warm 22°C which is perfect for peppers and chillies. But they won’t be able to stay in the dark cupboard forever. What I need to do is find a sunny warm spot for when the leaves pop up. But the most important thing is I am growing stuff again. Hip Hip Hooray. Let the fun begin.
Come again soon – the big shed is clean and tidy and I could probably build two greenhouses in the space!
Sarah the Gardener : o )