Monday, 5 March 2012

Sowing and Growing Again

I cannot tell you how excited I am to get back into growing vegetables again.  Since losing my allotment plot two years ago, I have really missed it.  Sowing the seeds, caressing the little seedlings, watching them grow, thinning/pulling out fresh baby carrots from the soil, picking green peas, the smell of fresh tomatoes, digging the potatoes, the fresh air  - all of it.  I've missed it and am so excited to get my hands and nails grubby once again. 

At the weekend, well Saturday namely I had my little army of nephews helping me in out the garden.  It really is true, many hands - albeit it tiny hands make light work.  We managed to clear up part of the garden for pots and seed trays.  

Not wishing to be accused of exploiting child labour by them or their parents, they were rewarded with veggie burgers.  Not one, but two which they ravished within minutes.  We also built a cold-frame with a two piece bed frame the landlord was throwing out.  We trimmed off the excess fabric and stapled a couple of layers of plastic sheeting around it.  Not the prettiest looking things to have in the garden, but they will save me £pounds and encourage the seeds to became seedlings.  I will show you the recycled homemade coldframes some other time, when I actually have seeds of try beneath them.  
Then yesterday, I tipped out my seed box.  I know some of the seeds will be out of date, but being a bit tight on money these days, I am just going ahead and sowing them and see if they germinate.  There are only a few seed packets I want to get.  I like curly kale and purple top Milan turnips, I don't seem to have them.  I will update my side-bar as I sow the seeds. 
 When we drove back to my parents to drop off the little ones, my mother showed me some 'elephant garlic' germinating.  The elephant garlic was given to her by one of my brothers friends.  She said, she didn't know when she would get round to planting it, so gave it to me as she thought I was more organised.  I don't really like elephant garlic, I find it lacks flavour, but I am happy to grow it and try again. 

Let the growing experiments begin once again.  Hooray. 

42 comments:

  1. hope your settling in there in wales, and going to grow some veggies once more :-)
    last year i grew a packet of seeds that were 4 years out of date (parsley) and it was the best crop i have ever had! so fingers cross for you.

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    1. Thanks Stacy,
      Lots of seeds sowed today, many of them ut of date. I will jus thave to keep my eyes on them. Your 4 years sounds encouraging though, mine were a year or two, no more.

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  2. I am so happy to see you planning growing veggies again. It was heartbreaking what happened at your allotment - but you managed to grow a lot in your garden didn't you

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    1. Thank you Lottie. I did, but it just wasn't the same and not on the same scale. I'm just a tad greedy :0)

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  3. The elephant garlic blooms should be lovely and also attract pollinators, so that will be a plus for your garden.

    How great to have extra hands to help in the garden. I am so pleased for you now, starting on the great adventure. Your spirits are up!

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    1. Lovely to hear from you GardeningBren.

      Yes my spirits are really up - lets hope it continues.

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  4. Hi Shaheen,

    I know what you mean about the elephant garlic being too mild so tend to treat it like a stronger tasting leek rather than a true garlic when cooking. It also works well for me as a companion plant keeping aphids at bay-so does have some use in the veggie and flower beds!!

    Really looking forward to your new recipes now...best of luck with your plantings...

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    1. Thank you so much Green Dragonette.

      :)

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  5. I do hope you will have a moment to get some photos of your new digs. I know many of us would really like to see.

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    1. Your wish is my command. Hope they suffice.

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  6. The picture of those seeds makes me so happy. I love buying seeds and sorting through them!

    Martin

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  7. Congratulations, it's good to see your seeds being put to good use, enjoy;-)

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  8. Yay! Looking forward to reading about your growing adventures.

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  9. I had quite a similar weekend. I made a raised bed out of 2 wooden side panels from an old bed. There is a pic on my blog, if are interested.

    I would relish a look at your cold frame.

    I am glad you had a nice weekend.

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    1. GreenFlag its so good to hear from you.
      Of course I'm intrsted. I'll be over in a jiffy.

      Hope you get an idea of the cold frame from my new post. Its not the best picture.

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  10. I am so excited for you - back to planting. Can't wait to see what you grow and what you cook. So happy you are back blogging - I missed reading it while the move was on. Good to see the use of egg boxes - I am trying toilet rolls at the moment to grow watercress (as per a pin on my pinterest site) it is so hard to buy here - don't ask me why!

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    1. Thank you so much Magnolia,
      Your comment means a lot to me and so very encouraging. I've been ina bit ofa rut lately, not just with the moving distraction, but feel a little out of blogging too. Need to get back in the mindset.

      I've used toiet rolls before, but don't have any now. Will save some for later, as well as ask family to do so - woudl be great for beans. Be interested in seeing your watercress.

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  11. So happy for your little seeds! I cannot wait until I have a garden again! It is so hard to have spring fast approaching and nothing and nowhere to sow. Happy gardening!!

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    1. Annie,
      You will get a garden again. I know you will, some things just take time. This garden is mine now for the next two years anyway, after that who knows - joys of rented accommodation :( But I don't want to think about that yet.

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  12. I'm excitedd for you!
    Are there any woods about for the wild garlic?
    Ever since your posts last year wtih recipes using it, I've been waiting for it to sprout!
    I've got a bit of a trek to get it when it is ready, as I don't have my own transport, or maybe I can persuade my Sis to walk the dogs where there is some LOL!

    I'm looking forward to growing,harvesting and eating some Cavalero Nero(sp?) black spinach/chard, amongst many plants.

    I'm so glad you are able to have space to grow.

    Have a great week,

    Sandie xx

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    1. Hi Sandie,
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      I've been to Barry and Abergavenny and my nose has not yet tracked down wild garlic. I know there is some about as I read it on another bloggers site, wonder if she is willing to share. I will have to ask or seek out myself.

      You should persuade your sis to take you there.

      I've planted some nero and chard this morning. Good to know that ou will be too. We can compare notes and recipes!

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  13. is it really two years since you lost your allotment? Am so glad you are back in the garden with lots of seeds and vegies and sounding so happy - will look forward to hearing how it goes

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    1. Thanks Johanna.
      Yes, two years and with it begun the worse two years of my life, in sense of bad things happening to us: losing D's Dad, D's redundancy, then mine etc....

      Hpefully this year will be kinder to us both.

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  14. How wonderful, Shaheen! I await your results eagerly. Good luck.

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  15. Once you have gotten use to the taste of fresh stright from the ground vegetables it is very hard to eat somthing that has been sitting on a shelf for god knows how long.
    I would go nuts if I didn't get out into the garden to potter about.

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    1. Cookie Jar,
      I am so looking forward to pottering. In my flat before the garden seemed separate as we had to walk down to it and past the neighbours, now open the door and your in it. I am excited.

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  16. I'm thrilled on your behalf that you can get back into growing again :) Despite being a complete novice at gardening and managing to kill off a sad proportion of plants (I struggle to get them all through summer heat), I have come to really appreciate the act of growing. Enjoy getting back into it!

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  17. It must be great to be able to garden again - especially with nice willing helpers. I reckon a lot of your seed will be fine. I do find sometimes that some plants from old seed can be slower to get going but they eventually catch up.

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  18. Sow the out of date seeds and see what happens. I find seeds are usually good for much longer than the packet tells you. If they're good seeds to begin with the chances are they'll be fine.

    Congratulations! You must be absolutely thrilled to have a proper growing space again.

    X

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    1. Thanks Scarlett,
      I will do and see what happens.
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  19. I read your blog last night, went to bed and dreamt I had huge garlics growing in my garden! I am impressed by these you have growing here.

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    1. Jane,
      That is so funny.

      I went to the supermarket yesterday and drove past someones garden who had a topiary in the shape of a baby elephant. It was magnificent.

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  20. I like elephant garlic. I think it's sweeter. (specially when you roast it). I MUST get started on my garden for this year.
    Glad you've got back to the soil.

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    1. I'll have to try nd roast it then :)

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  21. growing veggies is one of the most wonderful activities on the earth... i wish i could too...
    have a sweet day!
    justyna

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  22. Hoorah! So glad you're back growing. It must be nicer growing on land just outside.

    Allotments can really 'suck' if some of the other tennants are arseholes.

    I'm at that place right now but I have a master plan for a coup d'etat at the end of the month to become Chairman, followed by a swift shooting (sorry, purging) of the unpleasant folk.

    Keep us posted on your progress and photos too!

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    1. Yeah allotments can really suck and I have met my fair share of are holes too. I am much wiser.

      Good luck with your master plan, just don't let it get to your head. It would do wonders for people to turf out the 'unplesant folk', just be fair. :)

      Take care Chris.

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  23. Hi Shaheen! I'm so happy that you can sowing again. What a lovely saturday you have had! While I was reading your post I thought "That is truly happiness", realy, I think that the time we spend with our family and friends or doing something that we like is a moment of joy and we have to treasure it. Love. Verónica

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    1. Thank you Veronica,
      for such a lovely comment. xx

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  24. So glad to hear you're back gardening!

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    1. So good to hear from you West Chester garden. I will be on over tomorrow, getting a bit late here now.

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