Seedling Update I | In The Greenhouse | Spring

Today’s post is an update to show you how the first batch of seeds I recently sowed that I told you about here are progressing. As a quick recap, here is a list of the seeds I sowed:

Flowers:

Cosmos ‘picotee’

Salvia schlarea var Turkestanica alba

Zandeschia aethiopica

Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Chilean glory vine’ mix

Sweet pea ‘everlasting’

Edibles:

Melon ‘arav F1’

Humulus japonicas ‘Japanese hop’

Cherry Tomato ‘red cherry’

Anethum graveolens (dill)

Carrot ‘Amsterdam 3’

Flowers:

Cosmos ‘picotee’

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Cosmos ‘picotee’ seedlings, May 2018

 

The cosmos have germinated well as they did last year. These are so simple to grow and germinate readily. I have potted the seedlings on and I have pinched out their growing tip to encourage them to bush out. I am not sure where I will mass plant these cosmos, but I’ll find somewhere! I continuously deadhead these to prolong their flower right up until the first frosts.

 

Salvia schlarea var. Turkestanica alba

The germination rate of the salvia has been somewhat mixed, but some have germinated and are growing along well. I may try again with some fresh seeds and compost to see if I can get a bulk group of salvia ready to plant out. These are biennials, but you can removed the flowers to prolong their life and then treat them as short lived perennials.

 

Zandeschia aethiopica (arum lily)

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Zandeschia aethiopica, May 2018

I am delighted to say that one of these seeds took and I have been looking after it now for some time. However, it must be noted that the leaves of this look like a hops not an arum lily. It’s possible it has been mixed up somehow… I guess we will leave it to grow and see what happens!

 

Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Chilean glory vine’ mix

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Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Chilean glory vine’ mix, May 2018

Only one of the chilean vine germinated which is disappointing, but I potted that on and pinched out its tip so it has branched out. I will keep my eye on the others, but perhaps I put too much compost on top or the temperature fluctuations (due to the weather) have had an impact. Either way, I’ll give these another go with fresh seeds and compost to see if I can get more growing along.

 

Lathyrus latifolius (sweet pea) ‘Everlasting’

These perennial sweet peas have germinated, but not all of them (can you see a pattern here?) I planted them into loo roll tubes which I will plant them out in to reduce root disturbance. I’ll keep my eye on the remaining seeds to see if them germinate, but again, I may try another attempt because I have plenty of seeds I harvested last year from the perennial sweet pea growing in our garden.

 


Edibles:

Quite a selection of these edibles have not germinated unfortunately. These include:

 

Melon ‘arav F1’

Humulus japonicas ‘Japanese hop’

Carrot ‘Amsterdam 3’

 

I’m not totally surprised about the melon because I should really have started these off in the house to keep the temperature even in comparison to the unheated greenhouse. Last year when I tried to grow melons from seed, I started them off in the house and they germinated, but then I (foolishly!) moved them to the greenhouse thinking it would be fine… and they did not survive. Without investing in a heater, I may have to give up on this variety of melon. I don’t particularly fancy growing a melon inside our home haha.

I will also re-sow the hops because I chose not to soak the seed prior to sowing as recommended, so this could have impacted on their germination rate.

 

Cherry Tomato ‘Red cherry’

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Cherry Tomato ‘red cherry’, May 2018

Anethum graveolens (dill)

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Both the tomatoes and dill have germinated excellently, just as they did last year. I have pricked out and potted them on to their own pots ready to allow them to grow along. In time, I will select two or three of the tomatoes to plant in my mini-greenhouse that I recently built on top of one of the raised beds in The Edible Garden. You can read about that here. I will have surplus tomatoes left, so might plant some in the main greenhouse and then plant the remaining ones outdoors, but I haven’t decided yet. Either way, I expect I will get a better crop from the ones grown in the greenhouses.

The dill will be planted out wherever there is space in the garden to act as a pretty filler for the borders. I may also plant some in large pots in The Edible Garden for picking.

 


Anyway, that’s all for now. It seems seed sowing this year has proved erratic and some things may have to either be abandoned or given another try. Such is life! I doubt the erratic weather temperatures have benefitted the situation, but it seems to be improving. I recently sowed some other seeds that have germinated, so stay tuned for that update 🙂


 

Written by Bethany Wright

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Yum! I really wanted dill this year as I love to use it in my fermented sauerkraut. They only had fennel so I bought that. At least I can use that in my digestive tincture. I love growing things to use in a healthy way. 🙂

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