Thursday, March 17, 2011

finally got started

Started on the 15th with planting one seed tray each of Onion Red Baron, Onion Dorata di Parma, Shallot Ambition and Spring Onion White Lisbon. Then on the 16th I did a tray each of mix salad leaves, Beetroot Detroit 2 and a bucket for early carrots in the greenhouse. I note from my blog this time last years seeds were started on the 4th of March.

I have not tried starting beetroot in trays before and saw this on Gardeners World with Monty Don.

These are all 'old seeds', some from last year and some older. I am trying to work on the principle spending as little money as possible and of using up all these seed I keep collecting. The germination rates do go down with age but some seeds are viable for many years. I have used up the packets and have planted far too many for my wee garden(who could eat four trays worth of onions?), if they all germinate anyway, hopefuly there will be some to give away and that someone will have good use for them.

I cannot find my gardening notebook or last years plan of what went where. Hopefully they're in a safe place which I will discover sometime soon.


Rob said...

Beetroots do transplant ok, I sow them in modules as there is less root disturbance when transplanting.

Anonymous said...

I am going to try doing that this year.Give them a head start as it were.I've just picked and eaten my first lot of rhubarb too.
Maureen B.

clairesgarden said...

Rob, glad to hear the beetroot will not mind the transplanting. I have them in modules and they are germinating, about an inch high at the moment.
MB, I took my rhubarb out, it was taking up a huge space and I really didn't eat that much of it. hmmmm, miss it now though!