Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Seed Sowing for Autumn Planting

Some before and after shots of areas being cleared and just generally sorted!
We have been busily clearing and tidying the garden during the holiday break but that doesn't mean I can put off sowing the Autumn Green Seeds. They need to be started now so they are big enough to go into the garden by March/April (weather permitting). That will mean they will be well grown to withstand the frosts of winter...

Jan 2nd
Broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica
Romanesco - Franchi (The Italian Gardener)
Albert - Greenpatch Organic Seeds

Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy Brassica oleracea var. capitata - The Lost Seed
Cabbage Portugal Summer Couve Tronchuda Brassica oleracea tronchuda - Eden Seeds

Cauliflower Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
Cauliflower 'Sixty Days' - Green Harvest
Cauliflower 'Violet Sicilian' syn. Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto - Green Harvest

Collards Champion Brassica oleracea var. accphala -  Eden Seeds

Kale Brassica oleracea var. acephala
Tuscan Black - Diggers Seeds
Red Russian - Eden Seeds
Vates Blue Curled - The Lost Seed

Nasturtium Empress of India Tropaeolum majus - Johnsons Seeds
Sunflower Helianthus annus - Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Sunflower Sun King Helianthus annus - DT Brown direct sown in ground

Jan 5th
Lettuce Brown Romaine Lactuca sativa - Greenpatch organic seeds
Lettuce Gold Rush Lactuca sativa - Home Saved Seeds
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix Lactuca sativa - DT Brown

Silverbeet Erbette Beta vulgaris - Select Organic Seeds
Silverbeet Bright Lights Beta vulgaris - Eden Seeds

Planting out:
Parsley Petroselinum crispum purchased seedlings
Spring Onions Allium fistulosum purchased seedlings
Society Garlic Variegated Tulbaghia violacea
Planted into the Pathside Edge Bed in the Kitchen Garden that has been neglected for a while so I dug in some compost and worm castings and watered the soil with a "soil wetting agent" before planting out. See this link for info about commercial soil wetters and a recipe to make your own from agar agar.

The next lot of propagation will be Fruiting Seeds which can be sown from 1pm (ACDT) on the 9th Jan up to and including the 11th Jan. When I shall be sowing some Snake Bean seed directly into the soil. Also transplanting some Rockmelon and Cucumber seedlings...I shall have to keep them shaded as we are due more very hot weather next week!

See how to start Greens seeds off. Here on this link
General Seed Raising Here on this link


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