A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some new seeds that I had purchased and mentioned there were some coming from America. Well, last week they arrived and I have just sown them all up. They’re from a company that people have mentioned quite a bit; Rare Seeds (Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company) specialising … Continue reading Yay More Seeds!
I love when I go to the mail box and spy the hard cardboard envelope in amongst the other business envelopes that surely contain bills or junk info. The sight of the brown card means that seeds have arrived! Last week I ordered seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue – they are a family run … Continue reading Yay Seeds!
This month there has been a lot of talk of using less or no plastic so I decided to jump on the band wagon (for a good cause) and attempt to reduce the amount of plastic I buy or use. Unfortunately, the supermarkets seem to be intent on selling everything wrapped or contained in plastic. … Continue reading Paper Pot Maker & Reducing Plastic
Last month I had trouble germinating some melon seeds and thought I would try a combo of a few tips and tricks I had seen over the internet (I’ve nearly finished reading it) Troublesome Seeds. Turns out it was quite successful, so I thought I would try it on other renowned as hard to grow seed that … Continue reading Update! Troublesome Seeds
I did not expect to be writing an update so soon as I thought it would fail or at least take longer. Most of my ‘experiments’ are planted out in raspberry or strawberry punnets; there are two good things about that, one is I don’t use up my real pots and two, the plastic is … Continue reading Update! Experiments in Peanut
The nightshade family is made up of very different plants such as tomatoes; potatoes; chillies and peppers (capsicum); and aubergine (eggplant) as well as tobacco and tomatillo/ground cherry (I just bought one so will update). Potatoes are a tuber that although related to tomatoes, diverged 7.3 million years ago and tend to be cultivated by tuber multiplication rather than flower and seed collection. Continue reading Solanaceae (Nightshades) Family
After writing about legumes and how to grow them it would be remiss of me to have a legumes section with only one legume. So as with all things on this blog I am taking the cheap way out. I have bought ‘monkey nuts’ and will test ways to achieve best germination. Peanut plants grow … Continue reading Experiments in Peanut
Legumes include peas, beans and also peanuts most common in small gardens; it also includes pulses such as lentils, chickpeas and sweet lupin and forage such as clover and alfalfa. Continue reading Legumes (peas so far)
As every one is talking about ‘chitting’ at the moment I thought I would turn my hand at chitting sweet potatoes. The sweet potato is actually only very distantly related to the white potato (which is part of the tomato/peppers family, Solanaceae (Nightshades)). It is a type of yam-like tuber from the morning glory family, the … Continue reading Experiments in (sweet) potato
The cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae) family includes all squashes (courgette, acorn etc) and pumpkins; cucumbers, melons (honeydew and watermelon etc) it also includes stranger cousins such as the loofah Continue reading The Cucurbit family