Deep in the Compost, Something Stirs…

April 4, 2011

It’s that time of year when half my search referrals are from people looking for pictures of seedlings of various kinds. So by way of a public service (and not at all to continue attracting random hits from people who know even less about gardening than I do), here are my latest batches of seedlings

Tomatoes – including one that suddenly emerged about three weeks after everything else. I know I should just get rid of it but I always feel like Dr. Goebbels pulling out the weakest seedlings

Tomato seedlings



Pea (survivor of the Great Pea Massacre)

pea seedling


Broad beans

Broad Beans

Spring onions

Spring onions

I could have sworn I took pictures of my broccoli too, but there you go. You’re just going to have to wait, if you can stand the tension. Or buy an egg-and-cress sandwich because the ‘cress’ in those are usually some kind of a brassica.* The rest will have to wait because there’s a bit of a bottleneck developing with the planting out. Meanwhile, for some actual useful identification photographs try here.


*You can tell I’ve had lunch with too many botanists, can’t you?



Top Tips for Gardeners…

March 28, 2011

When you’re raising seedlings in the shed and you decide to rotate the modules so that they don’t develop a permanent yearning lean towards the light …

… it is customary to rotate them 180° around an axis at right-angles to the floor and not, as I did, drop them butter-side-down fashion so that my neat little block of seedlings was suddenly transformed into 20 sad little piles of compost…

… I’ve repotted them as carefully as I could. Here’s hoping pea seedlings are tougher than they look.

You Go Away…

April 3, 2009

… for four days and look!

Tomato Seedling

Tomato Seedling

Of course, there’s no sign of any of my outdoor seedlings coming up, but I seem to remember from the last time I had a garden that they come up 3 days after you have definitely given them up as a lost cause, and not before.

Of course, knowing this only prolongs the agony, but that’s life for you.