It’s still January, but only just and I’ve just sown my January seeds. I’m not late, I’m just in time!
There’s not much to be sown this month, but it’s good to get started. All the seeds are now in the greenhouse, which is unheated with a propagator lid over the top of them, firstly to help keep the heat in, and secondly hopefully stop the mice for nibbling them.
I’m ready for this year, lots to do, and hopefully I can squeeze it all in. So here goes……
I got one of my seed trays, there are five sections per tray and they fit perfectly in the solid trays I have in the greenhouses. I find these work very well, but you can only buy them in bulk, so if you are part of a gardening group it might be worth thinking about.
The first seeds I sowed today were Leeks. The variety I find work well are Musselburgh. They’ve always grown well in the past and I don’t tend to have any issues with them.
Then it was on to the Exhibition Onions. I always used to buy sets, but sometimes they were a bit hit and miss. Since we’ve lived here, I sown them from seed and they tend to do much better. You do have to put a bit more effort into growing them, pricking out, potting on etc, but then you do that with most plants.
Here’s a video from a couple of years ago of me sowing various onions seeds and leek seeds.
I then sowed the first of the herbs, Dill. It’s a hardy annual so should be fine to sow now, if you want to leave it until early spring then do, but apparently it can be grown all year round. The seeds are a couple of years out of date so the germination rate might be a bit low. Still hopefully I’ll get some.
I was very kindly sent some Sweet Pea seeds from Lidcott Barn in Cornwall. So I sowed them as well. Thank you very much for sending them, and I’ll keep you posted on how they get on.
Just before I came in for the day I sowed some mustard and cress on some compost in a little plant saucer. This is now on the window sill in the lounge and will be the first thing that I’ll be harvesting this year. Mustard and Cress can be sown all year round, and is great for kids to grow because they can see it germinating as it is sprinkled on top of the soil and not covered.
Well with all those other things I’ve done today I feel I need to have a beer while I make a curry for dinner.
This is just the beginning of 2021 and I’ve been so busy already. I know the year will only get busier, just wondering how I’ll fit everything in. I’m sure I will, I’m Claire’s Allotment!
Take care and stay safe and well.
Claire, it’s always good to get a refresher on how to sow seeds at the beginning of the season. I have found that onions just do better from seed and always have neighbors asking how I can grow onions so big. They are not giant 10 pound onions but about the size of the market store. When I’ve tried to grow onions from sets or even plants, I’ve not had success in getting much of a harvest. I actually just ate the last of the onions a couple weeks ago from the August harvest. It’s the only way I’ll grow onions now.
I’ve never grown sweet peas but will be trying it this year. The gardeners in the videos that I watch always talk about how wonderful their scent is. I have a pedestal for a flower pot at the end of my driveway by the street sidewalk. i want to grow them in a pot with a circle trellis for them to climb for people walking by to enjoy. Well that’s the plan anyway. I’m moving into growing more flowers but mostly in pots to be able to move them around and keep the displays fresh. I do have hanging baskets as well. Some spring flowers are in the ground but many more in containers.
I hope and pray that you and your family are staying healthy. Have a great seed starting day.
Sweet peas do have a wonderful smell to them, some more than others. I hope you’re able to get some seeds and give them a go. We’re all staying safe and well in our house, they all work from home, except me. But I work outside and on my own so I think I’m quite safe. You take care please. Not sure when we’re due to get our first covid jab, but it’s most probably June/July time xx