Gardening starts in earnest for 2013

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Today, we made it to one of my favourite garden centres for some seeds. I had hoped to obtain okra as well as aubergine but I think I will need to try somewhere a little more specialist for the former. In any case, a packet of aubergine seeds was found and back home I have planted them in the bottom of an egg box to get them started.

The growing instructions state that they can be planted from February to May if grown indoors. At the same time, I think that I am starting a little on the early side as it will be very cool on the window sill – and undoubtedly an uneven temperature, too. However, last year I left everything till later and then did not get the crops I might otherwise have got.

There is also the issue of space. I simply do not have the room to start of a large number of plants/varieties together. So, fingers crossed the aubergines thrive and then I can start on the tomatoes in a timely fashion as well!

Aside from the aubergines, I finally got round to putting manure round the rhubarb. (The rhubarb did need something round the roots in any case, as the soil had been eroded with last year’s constant downpours.) Whilst doing this, I could see the first shoots of the season coming through – how exciting. By May, I hope we will have a good crop…. the plant is well established now, so as long as I feed it LOTS and we have reasonable weather, I think it will be fine.

On the other hand, the cauliflowers continue to look in a sorry state – brown and mushy heads and slug damaged leaves. Perhaps my success in growing this vegetable three winters ago was beginners’ luck? Thankfully, more and more of the garlic is coming through, so that is one crop which should not disappoint. In fact, if it all thrives, I see no reason not to be self-sufficient in it next winter 🙂

Time will tell!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Gardening starts in earnest for 2013

  1. PJ says:

    I love aubergine but haven’t yet grown them so it will be interesting to see how you get on. Cauliflowers are supposed to be tricky to grow… and remember we’ve had one of the wettest years on record so don’t give up!

    • Thank you for your encouragement, PJ. I am keeping the cauliflowers in the ground in the hope that they floursh. As for the aubergines, I will let you know. I intend to keep them indoors, so taking it they turn into seedlings, I am sure I should get some fruit.

  2. My cauli was a disaster too! You have inspired me to plant seeds this week and I want to try aubergines again this year. Good luck!

  3. mybrightlife says:

    I was so excited year before last – I managed to grow two whole fat purple aubergine in my herb garden and then the silly monkeys decided to take a bite! Luckily they left one which we used for Christmas dinner. This year I was determined to do better – to no avail! So I am going to be holding thumbs and learning from your aubergine adventure. Good luck!

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