Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Seed Tins for the Garden or Allotment

At the weekend, I looked under the recycled bed-cold frame and found myself a tinsy*, teensy  bit annoyed.  Some of the plastic wrapping is flapping and not totally secure.  Silly me had forgotten about the joys of sowing seeds.  I was reminded instantly of the birds and the other small beasties in the garden (and allotment plots) that eye your seeds for nibbles.  Some of you may remember the acrobatic mice at my allotment a few years back.   

The seed trays with covering were fine, those without had all been nabbed, (except for the tomatoes).  The scented sweet peas and green peas are gone, the sunflowers husks floating above the soil and so forth.   I have just finished sowing and replacing some those seeds.  However, in some cases I don't have any more seeds.  As I mentioned I was making the most of my old seed packets from two - three years ago such as Gold Rush courgettes, Broad Beans, Scarlet Runner Beans and Scented Sweet Peas.  So along with the curly kale and purple top Milan turnips, I will have to buy them, but before I part with some pounds, I will check with my parents and see if they have any seeds going spare.  I should also mention instead of putting the seed trays back underneath the cold frame, I have decided to grow those without secure covering in the window sills.  When they are strong seedlings, I will return them to the cold frame.   The tomato seeds and companion flowers and herb seed trays have been put in the empty bath that I hope to fill up with compost and grow carrots.  I have covered them quite securely with plastic sheeting, so hopefully no beasties trespassing there. 

Today, I thought I'd share with you one of my seed tins.  I picked it up in Plymouth from a charity shop a couple of years ago when we were getting the ferry to Brittany.  I think its rather charming.  Each side has a different garden-growing related theme. 
Some of my seeds are definitely over two years old, so lets see if they do germinate.    Nothing so far, thanks to the greedy beasties.


Hope your seedlings are doing better than mine.
Tinsy - a silly slang word I picked up from my nephews and nieces meaning small as in tiny. 

36 comments:

  1. Snap....I have the same tin, only mine is usually full of biscuits, currently it's almost empty, I think a certain man I know has been there first!!

    Good luck with all your planting, I hope the little birdies and beasties leave your next batch alone, but I guess it's a lean time of year for them and they take what they can find (and what flapping polythene gives them access to). I should be able to start soon, my green fingers are seriously itchy :-)

    Sue xx

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    1. Rally, wow and full of biscuits - mmmm :) We have an old Tetleys tin for biscuits.

      Its understandable with the beasties nicking the seeds, I just wish I had remembered this before sowing them. Know better now.

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  2. What an adorable tin! Sorry to hear about your peas (darn animals). I hope your old seeds will germinate. I never use up an entire seed packet in one season!

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    1. Thanks Lauren.
      I never use up an entire seed packet in one season either, but my other excuse is I haven't grown proper for 2 years or so.

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  3. Love the tin.......today it is in the 60's here however it snowed over the weekend so outdoor planting is still iffy. Purchased a tunnel last year and hope to get my seeds started soon.Anticipation is always the best part......and then reality sets in

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    1. Sorry to read of the weather Hobbit.
      Hopefully warmer days are not too far and that tunnel can go up.

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  4. Are you sure the word isn't "teensy"? As in "A teensy-weensy bit"...
    I keep my seeds in a cardboard shoe-box. It isn't airtight, but the cardboard doesn't sweat like tin can sometimes do.

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    1. Your right Mark, but the nippers spelled it 'tinsy' that's why I got a bit confused.

      I should have mentioned that I have two seed boxes, as this one would not be able to contain them all. The other one is a index cardboard box. Works good, so I know your shoe box suffices.

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  5. What a lovely little tin. I like the drawings and little sayings around the outside. A great place to keep your seeds secure.

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  6. It is amazing how small the beasties are and how much damage they can do.

    I must get myself a seed tin. I am forever forgetting where I put the packets of seeds.

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  7. Ooh...I love that gorgeous little tin and those notes on each side. Maa.

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  8. Love the tin! I have planted some old carrot seeds and am wondering if they germinate - I am watching them closely. My watercress is starting to sprout already. I am so pleased as it seems so hard to buy here.

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    1. I am surprised to learn that watercress is hard to come by where you are. I'll have to try some in the windowsill too, be good in salads. Looking forward to hearing of your carrots and there germination!

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  9. The seed tin is adorable! Such great advice all round.

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  10. Your seed tin is great - I keep my seeds in a tin too. Its a Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas Biscuit tin which is a little too attractive to the kids so I think I may need to move then something a little less Child friendly.

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  11. I love nice tins (and ceramics), what a great find for keeping your seeds in. I think I've got seeds which probably need throwing away as they'll be at least 4 yrs old.
    What a shame that something has got to your seedlings but at least it's still early enough to plant up again. Good luck!

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  12. I love the tin! I use a tin but not one quite so pretty.
    I have never understood what the two year rule is all about - is there a danger or are they just less effective?

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    1. Not quite sure Hannah, but I have planted seeds - a few three years out of date.

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  13. So glad to hear you are settled and growing things again, Shaheen. I love your "tinsy." I have been using a shoebox for years for my seeds, but I think I will switch to a tin after reading your post. Sorry about your seeds being snagged - that's why they call them pests!

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Barbara.

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  14. Love your tin. I have an old shoe box which I have covered with ther cut outs of seed packets and veg magsto store my seeds. You've inspired me to make a post on it. And 'tinsy' is in quite common usage, even among adults in Australia to mean exactly the same thing, sometimes with winsy added, - tinsy winsy... a bit like tiny weeny...perhaps Welsh and Australian are similar?

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    1. Gardenglut,
      I love the sound of what you've done to your shoe box, covering with seed packets - orignal and so retro. I look forward to seeing your post.

      Your right about the common usage of 'tinsy'. I've been told by fellow blogger mark its similar to 'teensy weensy'.

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  15. The one benefit of Christmas are the extra biscuit tins that rapidly get filled up with more seeds.

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    1. Thank you so so much Poolcue.
      True. So true.

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  16. ahhhhh I'm in love with your seed tin!! I love it when I come across treasures liek this in charity shops. The only annoying thing is that you can't just get something, you have to chance upon it, which, I gues is the beauty of it too.

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    1. Thanks Shu Han.
      I agree that you chance upon good things at thrift and charity shops, but that is what makes them charming.

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  17. OH What a mess! I threw a packet of seeds after a year because I thought they would not grow. I planted some and threw the rest. Anyway, they didn't grow.
    I love the idea of carrots in a bath and the tin is simply beautiful! Good luck with your garden! It looks promising.

    Love

    Verónica

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    1. Thanks Verónica,
      Oh its a shame the seeds didn't grow. None of my seeds have germinated, its only been a week though - so got to wait and be patient.
      x

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  18. Well that tin pretty much says it all! We're still early here - for me, starting too early just clutters my living room. Get back to it! :)

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    1. Good to hear from you Wendy.
      My windowsill feels cluttered too, so I know what you mean, but i have no choice as I don't have a greenhuse and the seedlings have to germinate on the windowsill, as the beasties got them last time. Look forward to seeing your garden grow and compare notes this time round, now that I am growing again - Yipee!

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  19. Hi Shaheen,

    Trying again to get a post to you as my last one didn’t seem to have made it through the ether!

    Loved your tin-especially the side recommending a cup of tea to avoid exhaustion!

    Hope your new seeds come through better...

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    1. Hi Green Dragonette,
      I am a little annoyed to read that one of your comments did not get to me. I don't know why. Fellow blogger Mark said he was having trouble commenting on my blog lately too :( I can only say sorry, but its nothing to do with me.

      Yeah, I hope the seeds come through too - nothing yet.

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    2. Thanks so much Shaheen for getting back to me-I was a little worried I had done something wrong in not getting my comments published...

      Unfortunately my two baby Cavolo Nero - Tuscan Kale, after surviving most of the winter, inexplicable died on me a couple of weeks ago so I won’t be able to compare...will definitely give your dish a go though with the curly kale...

      Thinking back to my last comment that did not gone up on your blog, I posted literally just after your post has gone up as I had been on line at the time and I noticed that your blog then seemed to ‘disappear’ for a short while before reappearing again...perhaps this is just one of the quirks of blogger??

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    3. Green Dragonette,
      Please note - I never ignore fellow blogger messages, if I don't publish them then I haven't received them. The only ones I don't publish are those obviously 'spam' which I promptly delete.

      Shame about your Tuscan Kale, you should sow some more. Its a great winter veg I think.

      Yeah blogger does has some quirks. I haven't published the comments on my most recent post, I wait till the next post to do that, that way I can respond to the comments in one go.

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