The Start of a New Era?

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My first veg grown from seed. 

My brother has just finished building his house and one of the first things he did once the house was built was build a vegie box out of left over corrugated iron and sleepers. It looks great! He decided he wanted to grow from seed and bought some dwarf sugar snap peas and greenfeast peas from the Diggers Club and planted them straight into his vegie box. I’ve always grown from seedlings because I always thought you had to grow seeds indoors under controlled conditions before planting out the seedlings, and we don’t really have the space in our house to do that. But when my brother had leftover seeds I thought I might as well give them a go and chuck em (with love) straight into the vegie box. Within a few days I had little pea sprouts! Very exciting! Nearly every seed has sprouted now and they’re looking happy and healthy. Could this be the start of a new era? I’m guessing not every type of veg will be successfully grown from seed planted straight into the garden but I’m more open minded to growing from seed now. 

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2 thoughts on “The Start of a New Era?

  1. Grow peas and beans, pumpkins and melons, radishes and carrots straight in the ground. Carrots in particular hate being transplanted. The main thing is to wait a little till the soil warms up. You can get a head start by growing them in seedling trays in the house, but sometimes the poor things get a nasty shock when you plant them out because it’s cooler out there! If you wait a few more weeks, then start them in the garden, they are hardened to the conditions. Having said that, you do need to do a bit more soil prep, getting a very fine texture to the soil especially for the very small seeds like carrots. Too many lumps = large air pockets that suck up water when you irrigate and the seeds drown. Do join the Diggers Club. I buy from them, and their catalogue tells you whether to plant direct or in a seedling tray, and when!

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