Be Nice to Me & I Will Be Nice To You

Plant your seeds four in a row;
one for the pheasant and one for the crow,
one to rot and one to grow.

Planting Seeds

Seeds Planted

Ok.  So according to this old wives tale, I need to plant four seeds and hopefully one will actually grow.  If they all manage to survive I guess I can pull up the weakest ones, or put them in a pot and give them to friends of neighbours!

Our weather is very variable in Sussex at the moment.  I noted last week that we had some warm weather.  Unfortunately this week has mostly been cold with very heavy rain (even hail) and high winds.  Just the worse possible weather you can imagine.  Not very conducive  to getting out into the vegetable garden.  Today had dawned a little brighter and I actually hung the washing outside.  Tempting fate I know!

I couldn’t dilly-dally any longer and I have finally planted my seeds.  I put some in little seedling pots with some seedling soil I purchased from our local garden centre.  I mixed in a little bit of compost from the compost bin.  Not too sure if that is a good idea but I wanted to get them off to the best start possible.  As my title this week states – be nice to your seedlings and they will be nice to you!

The others I have sewn directly into the ground.  I was very generous with the seeds (even more so than our rhyme above recommends) as I wrote in my post here, most of the seeds are given to me and are a season or so old.  Not sure how many will germinate.

In pots I have planted courgette, cucumber, tomatoes, ‘Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash’, ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ – a climbing french bean, ‘Minidor’ a yellow dearf french bean, ‘Cupidon’ dwarf filet type french bean, ‘Serpette Guilloteau’ climbing pea.  As well as ‘Telephone’ tall climbing pea.   All the named varieties are given by a neighbour and are from The Real Seed Catalogue company.  Looking forward to seeing how they perform.

In the ground I have planted parsley, lettuce, radish, carrot, beetroot and Mibuna greens.  I have layed out the vegetable patch to my planting plan which I posted here.

I know it seems like an awful lot, but I have not planted loads of pots as I don’t want to overcrowd the plants of overwhelm myself!

**Make sure you leave a comment and let me know how you are getting on in your vegetable garden.**


© Simone L Woods 2012

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Organic or Chemical Pest Control?

Never sew seeds when the moon in waning.

Another gardening old wives tale that has been boosted by scientific research.  It does appear that rain is statistically more likely after a new moon.  Something to do with the way the moon affects the earths magnetic field (tides don’t just happen in the sea apparently!)  So, if we want our seeds to get a good soaking after you have planted them then the best time to plant is after the full moon.  A spring full moon that is!

This week has been a little quiet in the vegetable garden but on the plus side the sun has been shining.  I have pottered and pulled a few weeds and watched as the slugs and snails have made a determined effort to demolish all of my spinach seedlings.  I am against using chemical snail pellets as I don’t like the knock on effects of wildlife eating the affected slugs and getting ill or dying themselves.  I would much rather sacrifce some leaves and plants and have healthy wildlife in and about the garden.

What are your views on pest control for your vegetables and plants.  Do you use non-organic products or chemical products and why?

© Simone L Woods 2012

Hose Pipe Bans and Sweeter Tasting Parsnips!

Leaving Parsnips in the ground until after the first frost makes them sweeter.

Apparently this old wives tale is true.  A recent study carried out in Canada placed early picked (and therefore bland tasting) parsnips into cold storage at different temperatures.  Some were stored at 10 degrees Celsius and others were stored at 0 degrees Celsius.  Those roots that were stored at the lower temperature were found to be considerably sweeter, lending credence to this old wives tale.

So, this year, leave your parsnips in the ground until you need them and they will be all the sweeter.

The weather here in Sussex has been cold again turning my thoughts to roast dinners and the delicious taste of roasted parsnips.  Hence this week’s old wives tale!  But yummy Sunday dinner’s aside, it’s a bit of a bore dealing with grey and cold after the lovely warm, dry sunny days we have been experiencing in the last few weeks.

Such little rain has led to a severe drought warning in England and some councils have already enforced hose pipe bans for gardens.  As an Australian this really makes me chuckle.  When severe drought is declared in my country it’s because the landscape is a dust bowl due to absolutely no rain having fallen for years.  The experience of drought being declared after 3 weeks of dry weather strikes me as being a little over-reactionary, if there can be such a word!

Still, the declaration seems to have nudged Mother Nature to remember her duty and the rain is falling.  Water butts, empty and green with algae are refilling and the parched ground is smiling.  Oh woops, wrong country/wrong drought.  I mean everybody has stopped moaning at the lack of rain and has started moaning about the wet weather.  Moaning about the weather – it’s a national pass time.

As a result of the colder weather, I have delayed planting my seedlings by a week or two, hoping that the weather will warm up again.  I have made some changes to my planting plan (thank you commonredstart for the advice!)  I have been busy in the vegetable patch though, hoeing the weeds that have sprung up with abandon during the warm weather and generally tidying and readying my little potting shed for the coming growing season.

How has your week been in your garden?

© Simone L Woods 2012


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