Spring seed sowing

I’m trying to get a jump start on the gardening year (again). I endeavoured to do this last year and my seeds failed miserably. To date I haven’t had much luck growing from seed. Vigilance is key and with everything I’m trying to juggle, I inevitably forget to water them for a day or two and, POOF, they’re crispy fried chicken. But here I go again. We’ll see if I’ve learnt from my mistakes. I have sowed into trays:

  • Tomatoes – Sugarlump, Broad Ripple Yellow Currant, Wild Sweetie, Costoluto Genovese, Tommy Toe
  • Capsicum – 7 colour
  • Chilli – Joe’s Long Cayenne
  • Eggplant – Listada di Gandia, Long Purple
  • Celery, self-blanching
  • Pyrerethrum daisy
  • Custard Apple
  • Comfrey
  • Tarragon
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Agastache Blue
  • Marigold – Red Marietta, French Bonita
  • Mizuna
  • Lettuce – Red Iceberg, Tennis Ball
  • Beetroot – Bull’s Blood, Detroit 2
  • Spring Onion
  • Red Tamarillo
  • Jamie Special

I also have in trays a Beach Cherry, 2 Papaya, a Custard Apple, a Jacaranda and a Rangpur lime that have made it through winter and are now coming back to life ready for planting out this Spring.

And yet again, I’ve sown way more than I need or can fit, especially given that I’ve been telling myself not to over-commit again this season (particularly in light of our horrendous water bill from last summer). But isn’t abundance a beautiful and beguiling thing? I just can’t help myself. I get such a thrill from seeing little shoots emerge in my seedling trays. I know I’ll more than likely fit them in somewhere or otherwise give them away, and that’s so satisfying too.

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