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More seed sowing


by Jane Moore

The parsnips should have been in weeks ago I know, along with the beetroot, turnips swedes and so forth. But it's not the end of the world - my first crops will either be a bit later than everybody else's or I'll harvest a few baby vegetables.


Sowing vegetable seeds in a raised bedMore seed sowing this week. The parsnips should have been in weeks ago I know, along with the beetroot, turnips, swedes and so forth. But it's not the end of the world — my first crops will either be a bit later than everybody else’s or I'll harvest a few baby vegetables. Baby beets and parsnips are just lovely. Besides, now the soil has warmed up and the evenings have got a bit lighter, my crops could well catch up with those on neighbouring plots.

After all the weeding I've been doing recently it's good to be getting something back into the lovely, clean beds. Hopefully, with the belated April showers we've been having lately, the seedlings will be up and away at a rate of knots, and young plants will be covering the ground before the weeds can spring up and choke them.

I'm really thorough about preparing the bed before sowing, raking the soil to a fine tilth and drawing a drill with my hoe. It's not that straight admittedly as I can't find my line, but that's the trouble with tidying your shed. I knew exactly where it was last year!

There's something really pleasurable about sowing seeds straight into the ground. It all looks so neat and ordered when you're done and there's a great sense of anticipation. I can already taste those parsnips.



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Gardeners' World Web User 02/05/2009 at 05:11

I really like that you've figured out how to work around issues like being weeks behind the others (this was a little like me last year in my first year of gardening except I didn't realize it made any difference to be late ... I thought how great I can let everyone else do it and learn and then I'll do it ... when I feel like it ... heheh ... then everyone else was harvesting and I was rushing about before the frost hit gathering my bounty

Gardeners' World Web User 02/05/2009 at 18:22

I must still be a 'kid' so, as I quite like the new format! Its great seeing the new garden go up from scratch and the show is a lot less staid and mouldy than it was. Good job lads, keep it up.

Gardeners' World Web User 02/05/2009 at 19:11

I agree with other comments regarding the show,i really enjoyed Joe on his allotment,and enjoy Carols bit too,but the whats hot and whats not should be removed,who wants to listen to that,? If the team want to get children interested in gardening,they should have a juniors gardeners world,just for young viewers,because i know some children are interested in the show. I still enjoy the show it just needs a bit of tweeking.

Gardeners' World Web User 03/05/2009 at 11:11

As a beginner at 23 years (kid or not? unsure) I'm finding the website and show very 'user' friendly. I can understand why established gardeners might be frustrated, but the previous format was very alienating for people like me. Striking a balance is a tricky thing, and I hope it is achieved soon.

Gardeners' World Web User 04/05/2009 at 07:30

In the Autumn we took Toby's advice and buried 8 @ 8" stems of gosseberries. I thought Oh yes !!! To our amazement 5 have taken, Now what? Will the stems have rooted the entire length or just under the surface? I am loathe to disturb too earley as they have done so well so far. Potting on. How to proceed? We should be gratefil for any advice.

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