Odds and Sods
In late March/early April I sowed a number of seeds for various plants that I haven’t spoken about yet, so figured I had better get to it before I’m showing off flowers or harvesting veg and everyone is wondering – “where did that come from?” ;)
In addition to the alyssum & petunias that I have already talked about, I have also sown marigolds, daisies & lemon bee balm.
The marigolds are the same as those I grew last year, a variety called Janie Flame from Stokes Seeds.
|Marigold Seedlings - 5 weeks|
I was super happy with the way they livened up the beds and if they helped with pests, so much the better!
|Marigolds in last years tomato bed|
|Daisy Seedlings - 3 weeks|
|Lemon Bee Balm - 3.5 weeks|
|Eleonora Basil - 3.5 weeks|
|Thai Basil - 3.5 weeks|
I also started some kohlrabi – Early White Vienna (55-60 days) – which is a repeat from last year.
|Early White Vienna kohlrabi in last years garden|
I purchased a new kohlrabi variety to try this year as well – Kolibri (43 days, Pinetree).
|Photo Source: Pinetree|
I was originally going to give the kohlrabi a few squares, but then ended up having space issues in the brassica beds - there are just too many Chinese green varieties to try! Since kolhrabi is more of a "little something extra" for me, rather than a main crop, I decided to reduce it's space to one 12" square - not a lot, but I'll be squeezing 4 seedlings into that space (I did have 5 but one didn't make it).
I'm growing the Early Vienna in the spring and then will replace that with the Kolibri over the summer as it is supposed to be heat tolerant.
|Kohlrabi Seedling - 3.5 weeks|
And lastly, I sowed several cells of Upland cress that I purchased from William Dam. Each year, I seem to have at least one packet of seeds that gives me nothing, and this year, the upland cress was it. I waited and waited and, after a couple of weeks, I still had no germination.
I asked Mark for some advice (the cress in his garden inspired me to give it a try this year) and he suggested that I keep this one going – as many factors can influence the rate at which seeds germinate – but also start a fresh batch.
Well, that first round sat there for a couple more weeks and nada - so that one is now gone. For the second go-round, I decided to try sprouting the seeds first. Quite a few of the seeds sprouted and I sowed them very shallowly into a cell pack. A few fragile looking stems are now coming out of the soil.
|Upland Cress Seedling|
4 days after sowing sprouted seeds
Till next time...