I was recently inspired by a post on The Frustrated Gardener about wild garlic. I had previously assumed that the ‘wild’ meant that there would be no seeds commercially available, so was pleasantly surprised to find out this was in fact untrue.
I was even more pleasantly surprised that the packet I ordered was waiting for me upon my return from London this Bank Holiday Monday. Then I was somewhat bemused by the instructions on it.
‘Allium ursinum’ ‘Seeds may require exposure to cold. Sow as normal and keep at 18/22 degrees C for 2/4 weeks. Transfer to -4/+4 degrees C for 4/6 weeks. Return to warmth but no more than 18 degrees C. If necessary, repeat these periods of warmth and cold.’
I think I’ve worked out how to follow this regime but there is another reason holding me back. There is absolutely no space in the house for more seedlings.
All is forgiven when I look at the tomato plant I bought last month. It is flowering – something that has never happened so soon when starting tomatoes from seed in my domain. I’m keeping the air vents in the door it lives next to open in the hope that the breeze coming through will aid pollination. And now I wait in anticipation of some lovely little fruit!