Investing in the future

Today I planted the first seeds of the year.

  • Two types of chillies: Pyramid and Romanian Yellow
  • Two types of sweet pepper: Corno di Torro Rosso and Sprinter
  • Two types of tomato: San Marzano and Veepro Paste

They are in the propagator and I have my fingers crossed for fabulous harvests in the limery again this year.

The labels are made from old milk cartons and are in their second or third year of use; the modules and pots I’ve owned for years; and the compost is made in Englandย from wool and bracken.

When the rest of the world gets me down, sowing seeds always brings a smile to my face.

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  1. It’s like sending children off to school for the first time. You don’t know how they’re going to do, but you have high hopes, and you cross your fingers they’ll turn out well and get good results! I’ve sown nothing this year, but the other day I noticed a volunteer courgette or pumpkin (too early to tell yet) emerging from the compost pile around the base of my palm trees ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m a little worried I might have jumped the gun, but I trust the limery, plus they are cosy in my dad’s propagator, which served him well and now is doing a sterling job for me too.

  2. I think it must be fabulous to have a Limery and to sow seeds before winter is done. Who wouldn’t find joy in this? The only thing growing well in the tiny courtyard this summer is the Boston Ivy which is trying its best to strangle the house! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Fantastic! We are north of you so don’t start til next month.

    • It was so lovely and sunny today and the limery is such a light and insulated growing space, that I decided to risk it! By the way – thank you for the letter and squares and the fish… I love the fish!

  4. Aren’t seeds such little miracles? I marvel at how the process of evolution has given us these little capsules of life.

  5. Ann

     /  January 28, 2017

    We grow San Marzano too. I found last year that as peppers take so long, January seemed too late (but we don’t have a Limery… yet….). We sowed the toms in Feb and they bolted – ditto reason. So they will be sown in march this year. Maybe next year, when the Peach House (yes, we have adopted the name) is built then we can try earlier toms. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have loads of tomato seeds, so I thought I’d try some now and some later and see which does best – I really feel I’m still experimenting since this is only our second full year of having the limery.

  6. Ann

     /  January 28, 2017

    Oh yes, parsnips going into modules in the next few days too.

  7. GREAT!!! It will be a while before I can get my hands in the garden again. Have fun and GET DIRTY!

  8. Laurie Graves

     /  January 30, 2017

    Wonderful to start planting, but what is a limery?

  9. I think I would very much like to be your neighbor to take any extra starts off your hands when the time comes (well, and to not be living in the US right now, but that’s another matter altogether).

  10. Stuff like this amazes me. Truth is stranger than fiction. great post


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