I made this video on planting pumpkin seeds eight days ago now and as of today most of the seeds sprouted (there's a few slack buggers but I'm sure they'll be up in a day or two).
The vermiculite didn't seem to make any discernible difference to germination but all the other ideas must have had some impact in order to get pumpkin seeds up in eight days.
Well, I hope you enjoy the video and happy veggie gardening.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
But wait there's more..and I'd forgotten I'd ordered these....
...but I simply love pea shoots.
Therefore I should have a go at growing my own, shouldn't I?
So I am... having a go, that is. Growing my own.
I'm just going to try them in a standard 150mm pot and see how they go. If that isn't seccessful then I might have to follow the instructions that came with the seeds.
It is best to pre-sprout them until tiny roots appear. Then grow them in a seedling tray filled with organic potting mix or sieved compost. The best temperature for sprouting peas is 15 - 25°C; avoid hot weather. The pea shoots will take 10 - 14 days.
From Green Harvest; Pea sprouts are sweet and tender as sprouting increases their sugar content. They are very nutritious; a good source of vitamins A, C and K; and minerals calcium, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, amino acids and protein (20 - 25%).
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
S/he's a very easy care lettuce, basically a little liquid fertiliser ans regular watering and s/he's very happy.
I pinched a few leaves from the outside of one plant to make a salad and you'll be surprised to know s/he tastes much like a lettuce.
Cheers and happy veggie gardening
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I busted the cheap plastic handle on my favorite spade and searched the whole town over for a replacement handle with no luck.
*Note to Cyclone tools. I love your stuff and nearly buy your tools exclusively but your quality is slipping a little.
Anyway, a search revealed someone selling new replacement plastic D handles and an order was sent.
Above order was greatfully received yesterday and fitted like a glove.
So, very happy I was able to repair it.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
All veg and no flowers makes Stewart a dull boy so I bought myself three each of the lilies you see below and one Dahlia.
I'm blaming Van Diemen's Bulbs for their enticing catalogue.
I've had lilies before but they have gone the way of the Dodo.
Mainly due to my poor prep and care, so this time I'm determined to give them all the care they need and then some.
The following descriptions are from Van Diemen Bulbs web site and catalogue.
|Avandrud - OT Lilium|
Oreintal Trumpet lilies have well and truly delighted gardeners and flower growers alike with their robust characteristics and huge blooms. They are better suited to Australian conditions than Orientals because they require less cooling and will cope with more heat, making them perfect for areas with hot Summers. They are such good growers that they commonly grow very tall, some up to 2m+ after a few years. All OT's are last Summer flowering.
|Souvenir - Pot Oriental Lilium|
Perfect for pots and planting towards the front of the bed. These great plants average half the height of ordinary liliums. Potting lilies are very popular in Europe where they have more limited space. Light up your own courtyard with fabulous colour.
|Bacardi - Oriental Lilium|
These big, bold and fragrant lilies create a real show. Bred for their cut flower properties, you can expect many buds of stunning flowers in the vase or the garden. They are easy to grow and will reappear year after year. Plant in the back of garden beds for height or in large pots. Late Summer flowering.
|Romeo - Dahlia|
An international favourite single. Dark red blooms over dark foliage. Smaller plant.