It honestly drives me nuts.
Nature plants seeds all the time.
People plant seeds all the time.
There are photos and blog posts galore of people “pricking out” their seedlings so they will grow on to become bigger plants.
There are even more photos of stunning vegie gardens chock full of plants that people have started from seeds they grew.
Yet I can’t seem to grow very much from seed.
More to the point I can’t seem to grow anything much successfully from seed in a pot that could be later planted out into the garden!!!!!
You have to picture a slightly dishevelled looking gardener here trying not to beat her head on the desk in frustration.
Occasionally I have success from seeds planted in the ground. But most often my plants come from seedlings that I have bought at a market.
And that’s the bit that drives me nuts the most.
The fact that I can save all the seed I want but my chances of getting it to grow are fairly slim. I want to grow plants from seeds that have acclimatised in my garden. I don’t want to be dependant on markets for my plants – I want to do it myself. I want that awesome feeling of satisfaction of eating food that I have grown from a tiny seed to a plant full of all sorts of vitamins and minerals and the fact it’s organic is a bonus to. I want to be a successful seed raiser gardener person.
I won’t say I haven’t had any successes because I have but they have been seeds planted in the ground which then have to be carefully protected from birds, dogs and the occasional football kicked by an energetic 12 year old boy.
It just seems to be so much easier (even though I know it’s extra work) to grow seeds in pots where they can be quickly and easily checked on a daily basis, kept moist and then planted out when the weather conditions are just right….and for that matter when I’m in the mood to plant.
Hah!!! I’m beginning to think that’s a pipe dream. I have tried all sorts of growing medium – seeds raising mix, potting mix, a mix of whatever I can find, jiffy pots – you name it I think I have tried it.
So today in frustration I have put this together.
It’s the new portable hot house I bought a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t going to use it until next winter but I really, really want some fresh seedlings to plant out in the garden and I’m hoping this might give the seeds a kick start.
The weather is still changeable – from cold and needing thick socks and warm wooly jumpers and waking to frost on the grass to shorts and t-shirts in the space of a few days.
The seeds that I had potted with so much hope a month ago are now residing in it. I dug around the cucumber pot and I think that they might be growing but nothing is above the ground yet. Gosh I feel like a kid digging up carrots to see if they are big enough to eat….vbg. I will plant more seed. Maybe with practice I will get better at it. In the mean time, as much as I don’t like it, I will continue to buy plants from the markets just so there are vegetables growing in my garden.