Thursday, 8 March 2012
Early March Sowings
I'm about to head out of the house to man my stall at the Farmer's Market today but thought I'd put up a few photos of what I've been up to in the last couple of days. It's now a week into March and the beginning of the seed sowing rush is on. I've sown Brussels Sprouts, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Sage, and a few other types of veggies and flowers. I've started quite a bit of each with the idea that I'll be selling my extras on at my stall on Thursdays.
As you can see from the above picture I had a little gardening helper as well - Louis is fascinated with my gardening activities and follows me around the garden. He's also been known to help dig holes and not for the usual cat purposes either.
The seedlings I sowed in early January are all doing well and my seed-sown onions have grown to about 5 inches tall. I spent the good part of an hour this week pricking each of the tiny seedlings out of their communal tray and into individual modules. The'll continue growing in these trays until I plant them out in their final positions in about six week's time.
The tomatoes are coming up a charm and it looks like I'll have quite a few of them to sell at my stall this spring and summer. I'll only need a handful myself and hope I can find some good homes for the rest of them. I'm thinking of selling them at 50p per seedling when they've put on some height - does that sound like a decent price to you?
The ginger has finally broken a bud along it's side and it looks as if I might be seeing some green leaves before long. This is pretty exciting for me since it's my first year growing ginger and I thought I might have done something wrong when it didn't sprout for the first two months.
The leek seedlings are still in their original tray but I'll be pricking them out into modules tomorrow. These are Autumn Giants and they should eventually reach a good couple of inches in diameter. I hope to get some massive ones out of this batch as well which I'll enter into the Eastern Young Farmer's show at the end of the summer. I've got to live up to my promise of giving the usual suspects a run for their money!
If you're out and about today, please feel free to drop by my stall from 11-3pm; in addition to my handmade soaps I've also baked fresh blueberry muffins this morning and have an array of moist chocolate, carrot cake and vanilla cream cupcakes. I've also made my 'famous' chocolate chip cookies and some divine Lavender biscuits - my husband is sitting here waiting for the leftovers this afternoon.
Have a great day everyone :)