Last year‘s efforts didn’t go completely in vain so I’m back this year with an even more thorough seed lineup. Aside from the seeds I have left from last year and that I will give another go, I have ordered the following:
- Lobelia (Trailing ) “Fountain Lilac”
- Lobelia (Trailing ) ”Fountain White”
- Lobelia (Trailing ) “Fountain Rose”
- Lobelia (Trailing ) “Monsoon”
- Lobelia (Edging) “Mrs Clibran”
- Lobelia (Edging) “Rosamond”
- Chard “Bright Lights”
- Salad Rocket / Arugula “Wild Rocket”
- Salad Rocket / Arugula “Victoria”
- Salad Rocket / Arugula “Green Brigade”
- Thyme (Large)
- Hot Pepper “Hungarian Hot Wax”
- Hot Pepper “Aji Crystal”
- Hot Pepper “Inca Red Drop”
- Hot Pepper “Habanero Hot Lemon”
- Hot Pepper “Espelette”
- Zucchini / Courgette “Parthenon F1”
- Nasturtium “Alaska Mix”
- Impatiens “Colour Parade F2”
- Lettuce “Little Gem”
- Kale “Nero Di Toscana”
- Pole Bean “Kentucky Wonder Wax“
- Green Manure Mix (Spring) “White Mustard”, “Lacy Phacelia”, “Buckwheat”, “Yellow Melilot”
- Green Manure Mix (Autumn) “White Mustard”, “Red Clover”, “Italian Ryegrass”, “Crimson Clover”
Nearly all of these are from Ebay of course. You just can’t beat those prices and you get access to many more varieties (compared to Sweden at least). I tell you these seed distributors like Weibulls, Lord Nelson et al are downright robbing people. A typical seed pack may have 300 seeds whereas on Ebay you’d get 5000 seeds for a third of the price. Clearly there is something wrong with this equation.
I have also been improving my grow station. Aside from more plug trays and vermiculite, I have gotten a second hand oscillating floor-standing fan and made a new grow light from spare parts and junk. It looks a bit ghetto but I am sure it will work well, give me some more space to work with and allow me to start a bit earlier without having to waste all that light from the big fixture.
Not sure if I will go completely overboard with hot peppers or not. Five varieties might seem like a bit much to be honest but I just couldn’t make up my mind. All five are reliable producers even if grown outdoors in pots in a sheltered location. It’s sure hard to stop once you get started with the seed shopping spree every year.
Other than that there isn’t much to say. I will have two varieties of pole beans this year. Last year’s courgette will be canned in favor of a self-pollinating variety that is also more resistant to mildew. The arugula selection might seem a bit excessive but I just had a bad case of indecisiveness. Wild arugula works better in the summer heat while “Victoria” grows faster than “Green Brigade” and thus could be more suited to indoor growing. Also, do you need six Lobelia varieties? No you don’t. But they are easy to grow insofar as they don’t require individual separation or plugs.
The green manure isn’t exactly my department, but I have been looking into improving the soil quality and nutrient content and felt like experimenting. There is nothing more stupid than buying loads of artificial fertilizer and on top of that having it erode during the autumn and winter. Primarily I’m looking to protect open patches of soil during the winter but I’d also like to try and fit a spring crop into the rotation if at all possible.