I had a very healthy seed stash when I had my allotment. If I saw a packet of seeds I fancied I'd pick them up and buy them, there was always somewhere that I could fit them in. When I gave up my allotment I was quite ruthless and pared down the seeds I kept to the few I knew would definitely get sown, the rest I sold on Ebay. Honestly, bidders went mad for them, even the opened packets which were already out of date sold. These days, my seed box is sadly rather empty.
Since giving up my allotment I've grown very little in my garden, not only because space is more of an issue, but other things going on in my life made me consider the time I'd got to look after the plants.
Last year I grew just one variety of cherry tomato and a couple of containers of potatoes and this year will be much the same. I would like to add a salad tomato to the mix and also a cucumber plant or two so I thought I'd take a look in my depleted seed box to see what's there, not really expecting to find what I was looking for, so it was a nice surprise to see that I have everything I need. There's some Maskotka tomatoes, my absolute favourite cherry tomato, some Bloody Butcher tomatoes, which is a larger salad tomato, and some Mini Munch cucumbers. It looks like I'm in business. Obviously, these aren't new seeds so I shall sow more than I need, I should still get some germination.
There were also one or two other things which I shall get round to sowing this year too.
All that's left to buy now then are the seed potatoes.
I might have another go at tomatoes but I will buy some plants from the garden centre if I do. I might grow the salad leaves again too, the ones i planted last year did really well.ReplyDelete
I have almost no seeds here, using my greenhouse for my hot houde display gives me very little space on the inside. I hope to grow tomatoes and cucumber this year along with salad leaves.ReplyDelete
I keep reading about seeds, it is a good reminder to me that I need to get on and sort mine out. I know if I don't there wont be any left by the time I actually start sowing in April - there is no point me doing it any earlier everything dies in the cold if I do.ReplyDelete
I donated a bunch of my seeds to a program that encourages community gardening. I decided they were things I was never going to grow anyway. lolReplyDelete
Have a wonderful day-hope you get those seeds planted this year.
We haven't started on the beds yet. They're weedy and the soil is thick, claggy and cold; so we'll leave it until it dries up and warms up a bit. We grow out of date seeds and find that they grow perfectly well. I wonder if use by dating is just another way of making us throw things away and buy new :/ Best, Jane xReplyDelete
That all sounds good to me. I only get, and keep, seeds that I need, or will be using in the current year, and try to end up using all, or most of them. Happy sowing and growing. xxReplyDelete
I am excited to be able to grow a few things this year, as the last couple of years our summer season work did not start until late April or mid May. I have a few out of date vegetable and herb seeds, but recently bought some courgette seeds in Lidl for this year. Now to source/build some pots or tubs!ReplyDelete
Glad you could sell your excess seeds.ReplyDelete
When I finally get back home to Bethlehem, PA it will be still winter but I intend to make use of any mild weather to salvage my strawberry patch that has all but choked to death by grass and weeds. I am determined to get down on my knees and go at it with a vengeance! Since having knee replacement surgery some years ago I haven't been too keen to get back into gardening but I really miss my luscious strawberries!💖ReplyDelete
awww. Great plan! I planted the seeds for spring in the fall. A friend, Regina, gives me the perennials that require fall sowing. I intend to put clover in my woods to help its balance this yearReplyDelete
Fantastic, you're all set! It's great when it comes to the harvest to have the freshest veg. even if there's quite a bit of work involved.ReplyDelete
Great idea to sell your excess seeds. Just think, not many weeks and you will start to reap and enjoy all your hard work, so nice to go out and pick what you want xcxReplyDelete
You have to let us know whether the seeds take, I'm hooked now and keeping my fingers crossed.ReplyDelete
I need to check mine soon. And I'm thinking of growing some potatoes this year too. XReplyDelete
Happy growing (and eating later in the year)ReplyDelete
Aran Pilot is potato we have chitting in the greenhouse on the eggboxes at present. An early start also with the sweet peas as Dh has started those off too.
I’d never think of selling seeds on eBay, it’s surprising what people will buy on there.ReplyDelete
Sounds as if you've got a good plan here Jo, happy growing!ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
I'm amazed the seeds sold on ebay! Good to know you have most of what you need. I've started already started sowing, it always feels so good, but how quickly they become hard work!xxxReplyDelete
Is it seed sowing time already? I'll be growing toms, potatoes, cucumber, and hopefully spinach and lettuce leaves again this year... if I can get my greenhouse back together again, and the winds stay gentle and kind!ReplyDelete