Friday 10 April 2020

Planting seeds for the garden

Since the children finished school three weeks ago, we've been spending a lot of time in the garden. I can't believe how beautiful the weather has been, and we are very lucky to have an outdoor space that we can enjoy without having to leave home.

As I was looking around the garden last week, it suddenly struck me that not only were my parents not going to be able to come over and visit to set up our vegetable patch, and also that I had hardly any seeds in the house and all the garden centres are shut. On my weekly shop to Asda I managed to pick up some sweet pea and cucumber seeds, but I really wanted a bit more of a selection.

Cucumber seedlings in pots inside

On Sunday afternoon, I searched for somewhere online to order seeds. Obviously the entire country is wanting to buy seeds at the moment - many places were out of stock and I had to wait twenty minutes just to enter the Suttons website. But I was pleased to be able to put together an order from a fast track selection which arrived a few days later including a free pack! I decided to stick with flower seeds rather than the bedding plants that I normally buy as I didn't want to put too much pressure on the postal service, so I hope that some of the flowers grow nicely for me!

Seedlings growing on the windowsill

Now I'm running out of small pots to start the seeds off in, so I'm having to get a bit creative. When it comes to planting out the new seeds I'm going to be using various margarine and yoghurt pots that I've been saving, and hoping that I have enough space on my sunny windowsills to get them going!

The actual garden is looking quite bare at the moment, but so far my sweet pea and cucumber seedlings are coming on nicely, and the vegetable patch and beds have been dug over and are ready to receive them when they are a bit bigger.

Selection of seed packets

As long as the weather holds I think that we'll be spending a lot of time in the garden over the next few months, so although we can't do anything drastic by ourselves I'm hoping that I can do my bit to make it a cheerful space to relax and play in.

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