Posted by: sweetpea | April 21, 2008

Seed sowing update

Over the past week I have gotten a little carried away with my seed sowing. Some things I think I’ve sown a little late (toms) and others possibly a little early (courgettes and cucs)… but at the moment I’m having to sow whenever I can find a spare 10 mins or so.  I know that the toms will catch up and the others may just need watching that they don’t get pot bound before it’s warm enough to plant them out towards the end of May.

So here’s what I’ve been sowing:


(might have overdone it with 5 seeds of each, but you never can tell how successful germination will be!)

  • Broad Ripple Yellow Currant (Heritage variety)
  • Orange Banana
  • Red Cherry
  • Gardener’s Delight (an old favourite)
  • Principe Bourghese
  • Purple Calabash (saved seed from last year, the only one that survived the dreaded blight)
  • Sunbelle
  • San Marzano


(4 seeds of each, hoping some won’t germinate or I’ll be wondering what to do with all those spare courgettes again!)

  • All Green Bush courgette
  • Gold Rush courgette
  • Rugosa Friulana courgette
  • Pattison White patti pan
  • Waltham Butternut squash
  • Crystal Lemon cucumber
  • Crystal Apple cucumber (not entirely sure if these last 2 are the same thing!)


(sown in half-seed trays, 1 row of each)

  • Purple Sprouting broccoli
  • Late Purple Sprouting broccoli
  • Ottobrino Autumn Romanesco cauliflower
  • Ormskirk Savoy cabbage
  • Blusta Kohl Rabi
  • Delicately Purple Kohl Rabi
  • Sutherland Kale
  • Nero di Toscana Kale



(sown thinly in pots)

  • Jaune de Poitou leek
  • Bleu de Solaise leek


(sown in half-seed trays)

  • Allsorts lettuce
  • Little gem lettuce
  • Can can lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce
  • White Lisbon Spring onion



(sown individually in modules or in seed tray)

  • Devoy Beetroot (Heritage variety)
  • Kestrel beetroot
  • White beetroot
  • Chioggia beetroot
  • Bright Lights chard



(sown a small pinch per module…probably would have been better in a seed tray but didn’t realize how small the seeds would be!)

  • Antirrhinum Majus or Giant Snap Dragon


…..and one last thing……..

I treated myself to 3 blueberry bushes over the weekend. Not entirely sure of the varieties as they are called Julio, Agusto and Septa (or something similar) but I suspect these are just ‘cute’ names for marketing purposes.  However apparently they should provide a long harvesting season.  Just need to buy some acid compost now and find some suitable containers.


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