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Sowing Time in 2013 #1: February Gets Busy

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Blog entry by Desktopgem posted 02-18-2013 10:06 AM 2720 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Getting ready for the harvest begins today for me. Today after so long not posting anything I have cleaned my small plastic greenhouse (last week) and sown a few things:

1 Cabbages
2 Peas
3 Broad Beans
4 Chives

I made some paper pots for the cabbages and peas, short for the cabbages and long for the peas. The broad beans and chives are in plastic pots. Tomorrow I am hoping to sow more seeds, maybe tomatoes, spinach, foxgloves and maybe some others.

I have put it all down in a spreadsheet and am keeping tabs on all my seeds on there. Some have old use by dates but I’m going to see if any come good.

It’s a shame about last year’s parsnips they were doing very well. If only I knew who took nearly all of them!!! I only had one. They blame it on rats and other animals but I really can’t imagine that. Does anyone know what loves to neatly gnaw away a row of them?

This year I hope to protect everything. There was a parsnip underneath netting, with other things, the other day that I was really looking forward to but yesterday it looked like it had vanished too.

I can’t wait to get my own garden!

| hope 2013 is a good year for all of you.

-- Desktopgem



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posted 02-18-2013 10:16 AM

I guess you can start your seeds earlier in southern England than we can here. Good luck! If those ‘best by’ seeds have been kept wrapped good they will probably come along ok.

I have no idea what could have taken your parsnips! Very disappointing. :(

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-18-2013 11:40 AM

That’s what you get for being on an allotment. A bit sad.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 02-19-2013 12:33 AM

oh dear :( How frustrating re: parsnips. No idea what would have nibbled them all away.

As for seed planting – sounds like you are off to a great start. I’ll cross my fingers for the old seeds!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-19-2013 11:26 AM

After going to the plot today in search of the odd parsnip I found one and I think there are more after all. The ones I planted last year lost all their foliage but new foliage has sprouted so I must have got it wrong where I planted them? But I do think some are missing. I did dig up one and it broke but it is a decent size for one meal. So glad I haven’t lost them all I I thought.

I picked my first lot of sprouts and that’s not a huge amount either. Take a look. These are ones I have taken the outer leaves from and prepared even if there wasn’t much to prepare. I really must do something to improve the soil! Then hopefully next year they will be bigger but this will do for me to add to my meal tonight. I hope they are tasty. I have other sprout plants so will get a few more I think.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 02-19-2013 12:30 PM

yippee re: parsnip. congrats.

Sprouts: I’ve given up on trying to grow some, although I don’t often find them in the store, to buy in bulk

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-20-2013 01:07 PM

These were quite substantial even tough they were only small.

And that parsnip was very tasty. Unlike so many of the same flavour from the shops.

MsDebbieP how come you cannot grow them?

-- Desktopgem

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posted 02-20-2013 03:13 PM

no idea. But then I’ve had challenges in the garden for the past couple of years—it might just be one of those things.
Maybe this year will be better!
Of course, Rick doesn’t like brussel sprouts so that’s a factor re: my determination to be successful.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 03-19-2013 02:47 PM

I sowed a lot of seeds on Saturday instead of spring cleaning the kitchen. I would have undone a lot of work if I had of done it the other way round:

Seeds sown:
Parsnip ‘Hollow Crown’
Pepper ‘Sweet minimix’
Sprouts ‘Evesham special’
Pepper ‘Jumbo’
Spring Onion ‘White lisbon’
Rocket
Radish ‘Cherry Bell’
Beetroot ‘Sanguina’
Lettuce ‘Jack Ice’
Tree Cabbage
Kohl Rabi ‘Azur’
Leeks ‘Long de Mezeirier’
Spinach ‘Grow Sure’
Plain Parsley
Chives
Bunching Spring Onions
Tomatoes (various)

Chives sown on 18/02/2013
Cabbage ‘Premiere’ 18/02/2013 I can’t find these, maybe I didn’t sow them after all, lol.
I think it was broad beans and peas, not cabbage. I better get to sowing this cabbage.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 03-19-2013 04:39 PM

I don’t know what tree cabbage is. please enlighten me. Is it something like brussel sprouts?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 03-20-2013 06:15 AM

jroot, tree cabbage is a cabbage that grows in a tall stem, it has huge leaves. Next time I am up there I will take a photo and you will be able to see it. I do think my soil needs some nitrogen though as it is looking a bit pale in parts.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 06-29-2013 03:34 PM

Spent quite a lot of time on the plot. Transplanted quinoa, something I’ve never done before and maybe being a bit ambitious. Also transplanted mini lettuce and chard. I had to bring three lots of seedling home though because of no space on the plot, aquilegia, turnips and radish.

I found a lot of little grey eggs on my Brussel sprouts so brushed them off. They have left the leaves mottled but I guess that will improve now. Does anyone know what the little grey eggs are? I should have photographed them.

-- Desktopgem

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posted 07-01-2013 03:19 AM

I tried growing quinoa once but the plants looked so much like a giant weed and they were clearly in the wrong spot (because of the size) that I pulled them before they went to seed. Much easier to go to the grocery store and buy a big bag. I’ll let someone else grow it.

Good luck with yours.

(can’t help re: eggs)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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