… okay, a thousand seedlings may be a slight exaggeration but as I survey all the seeds that have germinated so far: petunias, basil, nasturtium and curly parsley to name a few, I don’t have enough pots to prick out.
Another week and another Six on Saturday (SoS). It is difficult to select my six this week as there is so much activity in the garden. I planted lots of seeds (seven different types in total), and as I opened each packet, I was surprised how tiny some of the seeds were. And as for the gold-plated, blight resistant Koralik tomatoes, there were only eight seeds which I had to hunt for in the corner of the packet.
1. Petunia Passion
It’s fortuitous I love petunias as I will probably have well over one hundred plants.
I pricked these out yesterday
These are another batch ready for thinning out but I’ve run out of multi-purpose compost AND pots. I will need to get creative and upcycle some plastic containers such as shampoo bottles, plastic bottles and various other containers.
I planted these seeds towards the end of January and they are now ready to plant in their final resting place. Does it normally take three months from seed to bloom?
These petunias planted last May are still flowering so I am loathed to discard them
2. Double Whammy – Blackspot AND Powdery Mildew!
I am cursed with this rose. Have I left this too late to treat? I was going to pick off all the leaves with blackspot, and then treat the powdery mildew with baking soda and neem oil.
3. Tomato Blight
Never count your chickens before they hatch… These tomato plants have only been out of the cold frame since April 4th and they are already showing the first signs of tomato blight. Sigh… any suggestions, please?
4. Lime Tree
The lime tree, dare I say, seems to be thriving in the pot and is already producing fruit.
5. Nêspera (also known as Loquat)
The nêsperas are finally ready for harvesting. I have yet to decide if I will make Loquat jam or chutney. Decisions, decisions!
6. Plant Display Stand
The OH occasionally has some good ideas and this is one of them. This display stand was relegated to the garage a couple of years ago due to lack of space in the house. I was going to give it/throw it away until he suggested we use it in the garden to display some plants! Ten out of ten for the initiative.
SSssshhhh…. It also gives me an excellent excuse to buy some more plants!
That’s it for this week. Why not click over to Mr. P’s blog to catch up with more gardeners.
SoS Posts for April:
Success, Failure and a Nice Surprise