This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 24 April 2015

Seed sowing

We've had lots of sun this week and my little seedlings have suffered a bit from the heat and the drop in temperature at night. I'm eagerly awaiting their growth, and trying to ensure they don't dry out or suffer from sun scorch.

I've a good variety of seed sown. I'm aiming to grow veg that looks interesting as well as tastes good. Some varieties I've gone for include:

red/green lettuce Lollo Rossa
purple/green kale Red Russian
red stemmed Rhubarb Chard Vulcan
stripy Courgettte Coucourzelle

Above: Kale and courgette are growing quickly. The next step is to pot them on , with the aim of planting out into the veg area at the end of May (to ensure they don't get hit by frost).

Onion sets Stuttgarter have grown quite quickly. They are now relocated and have been planted outside. Of course I had too many that I could use, so I'll be giving a tray to one of the garden club members - 0ne of the benefits of being involved in a gardening group.

If anyone would like to take a look, my gardening group has set up a FaceBook - click here to visit. 
Happy Gardening!

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  1. Your seed starts always look so healthy and strong. In the office we have tomatoes, peppers, egg plant, and cabbages growing. Here plants go out after Mother's Day, or the second week of May to avoid any frost. Our onions have sprouted, the garlic are now above ground, and the potatoes are sprouting ever so slowly. We wll have plenty of each. Looks like you will, too.

  2. Stuttgarter is one of the varieties that we are growing and we too have now planted ours on the plot

  3. I'm also having to watch my little seedlings very carefully because of the big difference between daytime and night-time temperatures. At this time of year my little plastic mini-greenhouses certainly earn their keep!

  4. I gave up on starting my vegetable seeds inside the house. They just never did very well. But you do it so well! I guess I'm getting lazy, because I just buy plants now, except for the easy-seeders like cucumbers, zucchini, and beans.

  5. Your seedlings look great. I never thought to start onion sets indoors. It makes me want to run out and purchase some onion sets!