So the ground is still soggy and unprepared – I’m not in the least concerned today because I have the spring fever. Now it is here – you just gotta go with it. I’ll worry about the beds later, because today was all about the seeds.
After waiting for what seems like an eternity to get started (aside from a wee taster with the peppers) – the flag has been waved and we’ve been given the nod – it is seed sowing time. There are seven weeks until the traditionally acknowledged safe from frost date so now is as good a time as any to plunge my hands into seed sowing mix.
Of course I knew exactly where to start – with the tomatoes. These are the super stars in the garden. They take up a large space, grow tall but most importantly the tomatoes themselves are a delight and a pleasure and so very good to eat. I have 20 spots in my garden – filled with 19 varieties (San Marzano get two because they are great for cooking). I was quite restrained and only sowed 4 seeds of each and I’m hoping I don’t need to do a re-sow. The seeds were fresh, the seed raising mix was new and the greenhouse is toasty warm so I’m pretty sure it will be ok.
Then I moved on to the brassicas, so many brassicas – broccoli, romanesco, kale, kohlrabi, cabbage and cauliflower. I filled seed trays with leafy greens, herbs, marigolds, okra, leeks and much more. It was a frenzy of seed sowing. I was binging on seeds like a hungry person at an all you can eat restaurant and it felt good. Having said that – I haven’t sown them all. I’ve left my cucumbers, pumpkins, beans and corn for another day because they grow quickly and really don’t like the cold.
The makings of my garden are underway and in a few short months some of those tiny seeds will be towering giants in my garden and others will be gone – by way of my tummy and immensely enjoyed. I can’t think of a better way to indulge in the first day of spring.
Come again soon – this excitement is just getting started.
Sarah the Gardener : o)