Following our Easter break it is now all about pots and propagators.
I tend to sow most of my seeds in April with the exception of Chilli and Sweet peppers which are quite slow to grow and germinate, these were sown in early March and are now ready to be potted up individually into small pots (click here for a guide to growing Chilli Peppers).
The following were the first to go into my two propagators:
Tomatoes – a must, packed full of flavour and goodness they are so healthy, I usually grow different varieties, cherry/mini plum tomato (perfect for lunch boxes and for putting on skewers on the BBQ) , medium size tomato (general use), large fleshy tomato (for soups/chutneys) and hanging basket tomatoes (handy by the back door, they look great too). Click here for a guide to growing tomatoes.
Watercress – easy to grow and doesn’t need running water it has a lovely peppery flavour great in salads or if you grow plenty Watercress Soup, its rich in Vitamin C (click here for a guide to growing Watercress).
Cosmos – one of my favourite flowers and loved by Bees and Insects, planted in groups they make a stunning display and can be cut to enjoy indoors.
All of the above seeds have germinated and are growing on nicely they will be ready to pot on when their first set of true leaves have grown,
they have now been replaced in the propagator with:
Basil, Parsley, Coriander – essential summer herbs for salads or cooking
Sweet Corn – pick then cook and eat as soon as possible before the sugar turns to starch, shop bought simply doesn’t compare to home grown
Butternut Squash – not something I have grown before but can be boiled, roasted, mashed and made into soup, they store well for winter use
these will then be replaced with:
Salad Leaves – a summer essential
Cucumbers – you can’t have a salad without cucumber, home grown are delicious (click here for a guide to growing cucumbers)
Courgettes –easy to grow and will produce a big crop until the first winter frosts
Pumpkins – I always grow these for Halloween but they can be made into soup, pies and cakes, don’t forget to roast the seeds (click here for a guide to growing Pumpkins)
Sunflowers – the flower of Summer, loved by bees and insects the seeds can be dried to feed to the birds, this year I am planning to grow a ‘crop’ on my allotment (click here for a guide to growing Sunflowers)
Many of the above can be sown directly outside but they simply will not grow if it is too cold, I wouldn’t be without my propagators and would recommend them to anyone, the constant gentle temperature really does make a difference to the germination rate of your seeds.
Click here to learn more about growing in propagators.
Growing your plants from seed is easy and very economical and to many children it is pure magic!
Why not enter our free competitions for a chance to win your own propagator (click here for full details) or one for your School (click here for full details) hurry, the closing date for both competitions is Wednesday 30th April.