One thing that I didn’t mention about my trip to Clumber Park, a National Trust property in Nottinghamshire, on Sunday is that I ended up buying butternut squash seeds. I’d already purchased some earlier in the year (from a different place), so I didn’t need anymore.
Who knows if they will but continuing my experiment to see what works in the shed, I’ve left one of the pots with a butternut squash seed in it, in there. By all accounts, the tomato seedlings seem to be quite happy. So much so that I have moved one of them to a bigger pot.
I’ve never done that before – which to be honest might have been a limitation. Three inch pots don’t have much legroom, so hopefully the ones that can go into bigger pots will be more robust before going into the garden.
Another first is Silene dioica, common name red campion, which I have sown in the front garden. I haven’t had much luck with direct sowing out there. However, since other plants such as borage and marigolds have happily self-seeded, the latest herb might grow into something our pollinators like.
I doubt I will need them for snakebites, however, which is a claimed medicinal use for this plant. I’ve never seen one of our three native snakes, much less been bitten by an adder, the only venomous one. Still, there is always a first time, I guess!