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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Dog Tired

23 March 2011 23:47:22
seedlings under shade in glasshouse

seedlings under shade in glasshouse

Seed sowing has been hanging over me for some time now. I am aware that it is really last chance for sowing annuals if they are to get to any height for the summer.

So, although I had to do other things for most of the day, I lashed into sowing seeds after dinner. I sowed 10 trays of mostly annuals and six pots of other seeds. I still had packets that I wanted to sow but I ran out of seed trays in the end.

I finally sowed a tray of tomatoes but it's very late in the day for that. I normally sow them in January. The other veg for this year is Okra. I am going to have to do another bout of sowing yet...


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Mairin Mairin 23 March 2011 23:56:59

I don't know if it is that late for tomatoes.  I planted some tomatoe seed today and the back of the packet say plan Jan - March. 


Moya Moya 24 March 2011 00:04:59

Hi Rachel,

Well done. I also don't think it's that late especially for the annuals. I will keep sowing for another month or so. When the weather heats up they catch up...

I've often lost seedlings or had poor germination and started again. For example, this year my cosmos got too leggy and my french beans got hit with frost so will be starting them off again soon.

Sleep well.


Jacinta Jacinta 24 March 2011 06:21:13

It's definitely not too late to start sowing tomatoes. My little tiddlers are doing fine now.


sallysarah sallysarah 24 March 2011 07:01:45

I've just come back from England after a long long weekend in Essex.  Very hot over there and then I come back to baking hot here!!  Peter watched over my greenhouse - I said that as long as the dodecatheon seedlings together with the tomato seedlings don't die no divorce proceedings will be taken ha ha................all is well.  Rachel, I'd say you're not too late with the annuals and definitely not with the tomatoes.   Moya, my Cosmos are a tad leggy, but I will put them in deeper when I pot them up at the weekend and then I also pinch out the middles to make them bushier.  Glorious morning here.


ladygardener ladygardener 24 March 2011 08:00:01

Had a chance to look at your Botanic garden photo's Rachel, it inspired me to grow a stellata two hundred years ago.  Love the purple Rheum too.  Thanks for posting them


fran m fran m 24 March 2011 08:06:15

Ran out of seed trays Rachel, you? ;-))


sallysarah sallysarah 24 March 2011 08:11:24

Just looked at your photos, Rachel.  Just lovely, all of them!  


Lìga Lìga 24 March 2011 13:25:02

I agree with others about tomatos,i will sow some soon.Now is nice warm and bright,they will grow fast.

  Yea,,funny,,Rachel,and ran out of seed trays:))


Myrtle Myrtle 24 March 2011 13:48:32

Rachel, do you remember you gave me cosmos seedlings last year? I sowed seed from those and now I have little seedlings coming up! next generation!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 24 March 2011 14:43:11

That's a massive amount of seeds you really are a dedicated mum to look after all of them good luck with the rest.


Rachel Rachel 24 March 2011 20:48:25

Well, the seeds are sown now and I woke up this morning with a great sense of relief to have gotten them done.

Glad to hear the Cosmos have descendants, Myrtle : )


Keego Keego 25 March 2011 23:46:55

Well done on all the seed sowing Rachel - looking forward to seeing the result of all these later in the year.


unagrant unagrant 26 March 2011 12:20:45

What a releif to have that job done.  Great photos Rachel.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 March 2011 13:25:56

What an amount of seeds! I'm still struggling to get mine to do anything...


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