Sowing the Seeds
Seed sowing time is upon us, hurrah!
Depending on what you’re growing and where you live seed sowing time never really stops, it slows down but doesn’t really stop.
So far this year I have only sown 2 types of seed, Hops and Arnica. I really enjoy growing my own medicinal herbs and then harvesting and using them. Hops are pretty easy and where I live really shouldn’t be sown until mid February, but, I’ve sown them in the house in a bid to give them a good head start, I have a lot of fence I want to cover.
The other seeds I have put in now are Arnica. These can be tricky to germinate, they need 4 weeks at 20 degrees Celsius then 4 weeks between -4 and 4 degrees Celsius before their final 4 weeks at 20, and after all that they may not germinate and we have to start the process over, Arnica may take up to 2 years to germinate so I’ll let you know how I get on.
I have various seed catalogues here to go through, I checked what I had in stock the other day and I don’t need much but I would like a lot more climbers.
Our garden has a large perimeter and I had put reed screening up just to disguise the wire fencing until the plants grew, well, with our house being completely exposed on the side of hill, it hasn’t lasted long at all.
Instead of wasting money replacing it until the hedge grows I’m going to sow a lot of climbers and cover it up as quickly as I can. There are so many annual climbers which will grow this year and at least hide some of it, but there are many many more perennial climbers, which are slower to grow but will look beautiful in a couple of years time.
Over the course of the next week I will be making my seed list in preparation for ordering at the end of the month, this is always one of the most exciting periods in the planting year as far as I’m concerned.