Monday, 7 February 2022

Phew ... I Found the Seeds

 

Just as I was going to sleep last night I had a sudden panicky thought  'I don't remember unpacking the seeds after the move, just how much of my budget would buying seeds take up if I want to grow my own?'  It kept me awake very briefly, I usually drop off within five minutes of getting comfortable in bed and luckily it didn't impact too much!!


Then this morning when the thought came back to me over that first reviving cup of coffee of the day, I had a vision in my head.


On the little box shelf in my shed I could see the tin that I was pretty sure contained all the seeds that I had brought with us.  And sure enough, when the rain stopped for five minutes I nipped to the shed and there it was ... sitting pretty.


I've brought the tin in now, partly so I could see what I have available and partly because they need to start to warm up slightly ready for planting.  The first seeds can go into pots next month and be started off on window sills.  Alan has already offered me the windowsill on his top floor, a room that fills with sunshine on any clear day as my windowsills are all far too small and far too full.

We need something to look forward too with all this cold, wet weather don't we.  My roof was rattling like a train last night.


Sue xx



18 comments:

  1. I love your seed tin - and your Hindi inspired "Chill the f*ck out* tin sign!
    Hasn't it been miserable? I look forward to seed planting too, sadly we've only got one windowsill and no Alan! xxx

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    1. I'll let you into a secret ... that 'tin' sign is actually just a printed off poster that I laminated :-)

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  2. Well, Lidl always used to do the cheapest seeds so in an emergency, you wouldn't have had to spend too much money to replenish. Glad you found them though. We have a lovely wide south-facing windowsill in the pink bedroom so Little Whale's bed will be turfed off there, dried hydrangeas moved and seed trays laid out next month.

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    1. We don't have a Lidl, although Alan calls Aldi Lidl EVERYTIME he goes there. But I guess Aldi seeds would be as cheap. The back-up plan I had in my mind was to buy a copy of Kitchen Garden magazine, at this time of year they come with a big bundle of basic seeds free.

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  3. Well done - that was quite a remember. wasn't it. That's a very pretty tin.
    xx

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  4. What a pretty tin - a mounting tin collection is the result of my other weakness. Has the wallpaper in your shed been stuck on to the wood? x

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    1. Yes, I have quite a few tins, what are we all like collecting tins and jars ... at least our collections are useful, I don't think a stamp collection would be a good one for any of us :-)

      I cheated a bit with the wallpaper ... it's basically drawing pinned on and then held in place with the wooden battens that were put up so I could hang the box-shelves and hooks for the garden tools.

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  5. Yes, we do. Tomorrow night, I will spend a cheerful night with my sister, looking over my seeds for her to take home to start while I am away. The thought of a garden is so very cheering in the middle of winter's last hurrah!

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    1. The planning is almost as good as the planting isn't it :-)

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  6. Thoughts like that usually hit me just as I'm falling asleep then it's difficult to empty my mind. Glad you found the seeds. Knowing how organised you are they couldn't have been far away.

    Your wallpapered shed is brilliant!

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    1. I seriously doubted myself for a bit, the memory was clearly hiding behind thoughts of the zombie film I had just been watching :-)

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  7. Your large tin box must hold lots of great seeds. A nice sunny room should produce very good seedlings. Have you decided what you are going to grow? I'm working on a veg garden plan (just a few rows of my favorite vegetables) and need to start planting my seeds soon. It is 40 degrees today and lots of snow and ice is melting. Spring can not come soon enough.

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    1. It's only small, about the size of a piece of A5 paper. I have 5 packets of flower seeds and 16 packets of vegetable seeds, so it's saved me a lot of money bringing these with me.

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  8. Have you see salad bowl gardens? If you plant a pepper and tomato plant along with your marrows, you will have an endless salad supply. The idea is to keep replanting lettuce as the old stuff dies off.

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    1. I've never done a salad bowl garden, but I have done 'three sisters' regularly. But then I've never grown vegetables in such a small space before this is going to be a brilliant year for trying out all those small garden tips I've read about in the past and felt ridiculous trying out on 5 acres. :-)

      It going to be nice to plan out my one planter and whatever pots and bags I can muster, and yes salad crops will save me a lot of money over Summer and I HAVE to have a couple of spinach plants.

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  9. Love the tin, great idea laminating a poster to cover it:)

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    1. I was looking at the website that sold them as huge posters and realised I could just copy and save the picture that came up and print it out for myself. It was a big company so I didn't feel too guilty about doing this, if it had been someone on Etsy I would have ordered one instead.

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