In my garden – September 2014

I love pottering around in our (rather small) kitchen garden and I like to plant seeds rather than seedlings. I’ve got some seed packets of vegetables — heirloom varieties — but last year lots of the seeds I planted directly in the soil didn’t germinate. So this year (three weeks ago, in fact) I decided to try planting them in seed-raising trays and then planting them out. Here are some before shots:

seed tray

In this tray I sowed seeds of lettuce, sunflowers, beetroot, tomatoes, tansy, and capsicum. (There were actually two trays like this, but they looked exactly alike, so … well … you know.)

cucumbers

In this tray I sowed cucumbers.

My kids eat a lot — A LOT — of cucumbers. So, in the second tray I planted three varieties of cucumber: burpless, mini lebanese, and lemon. These are in cups I can plant straight into the soil and the cups will break down naturally as the seedlings grow. (Cucumbers don’t like to be disturbed too much, so this makes transplanting them easier. <– I almost sound like I know what I’m doing, don’t I? Ha!)

Two weeks later — ta-daa!

seed raising tray 2 weeks

Magic! (The giants are sunflowers.)

Only 4 out of 12 sunflowers germinated, but then they took off pretty quickly. The second biggest are lettuces. I sense a few salads in our future …

cucumbers after

Very happy cucumbers. Look at them grow!

I planted the cucumbers and the sunflowers into the ground today. Spring is here!

Do you grow your own veggies or fruit?

2 responses to “In my garden – September 2014

  1. I love growing things from seed! Just planted cucs (which are also my favourites, though I’ve never had lemon cucumbers – what do they taste like?), capsicum, lettuce, spring onions and some snow peas. Much of this comes from seed I harvested in our patch last year, which is very satisfying. I use egg cartons for mine, which break down easily in the vege bed too. Happy Spring to you guys!

    • Oh, very impressed about harvesting your own seed! That’s our ultimate goal. (We’ll let you know about the lemon cucumbers once we get some cucs! I think it’s more that they are lemon shaped … it was a bit hard to tell from the packet, though it did promise they were super tasty.)