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Seedlings everywhere in the house – we all move with trepidation for fear of knocking something off. Particular faves are the beetroot (bright red stems – really cheerful), sprouting potatoes (aliens really) and sprouting begonias (yes I know its too early but they have a little bottom heat to help and can stay in doors till they want to go out). The busy lizzies are grown from those tiny pods and put on a couple of leaves every other day. A week on they already seem to have buds – extraordinary really.

We have parsley and coriander seedlings and fennel as well as some poppies in decomposable containers to avoid hurting their roots – 4 courgette plants and 8 squash – who knows where I will find the space to put them all.

My point is this – they cheer the place up when the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse. They cost a bit but not too much if you save seed and even less if you swap!

You find the kids doing a bit of watering with the teapot and cheering on a cosmos that’s got a bit leggy. Therapy really.

My absolute fave though is not a seedling but a cutting. 3 weeks or so back my bro in law brought us some lovely forsythia branches – a much brighter variety than ours and I like my forsythia nice and vulgar. So I nipped the top off (2 cm max) and stuck it in water – just in case.
Hooray – out of the two snips one has rooted. Now we can have a forsythia of our own.

Which reminds me – must get off the computer and rescue the nasturtium seedlings from outside in case there is a frost tonight.

Please Santa can I have a greenhouse?

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31 Mar, 2011


It's lovely seeing all these little seedlings develop out of nothing, isn't it! I can't start my seedlings off in the house, the kitties think I'm growing them just so they can sample the wee first leaves as they grow!

1 Apr, 2011


I'm having a problem to start off seedlings too as we don't have much window space and now with our kitty it all seems a bit risky!

You've certainly got a lot of good choices there...bringing the outdoors in :)

Would one of the little mini-growhouses be any good for you? You might get lucky on freecycle or similar too...maybe someone will be getting rid of a greenhouse that isn't required any longer and you'd just have to dismantle it and re-erect it in your garden? Lots of work if you found one but I can't see you being daunted by that

Good luck with all your seedlings, Sarah.

1 Apr, 2011


Congratulations on getting the cutings to root, and I hope Santa has heard you ;o)

2 Apr, 2011

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