I don't spend much on plants generally, this year especially because of the hose-pipe ban, seeking out quite a few in £1 shops and sales and planting them, fully prepared to lose them. Asparagus was a lucky find considering that I was eyeing up my hyacinth shoots which look similar. I've heard that it grows quickly, emerging out of the soil while you wait. Drought-tolerant cape gooseberry would not be my fruit of choice, though they might be useful as a substitute if the cherry tomatoes dry up.
The roots were planted a few weeks ago; there are no signs of life above ground yet.
|cape gooseberry roots|
Chillies, tomatoes and various brassica seeds have also been sown with varying levels of success.
Chillies haven't germinated after several weeks - I remain hopeful as late seedlings have surprised me before.
Tomatoes are growing their first set of true leaves, they never need much attention. I'll transplant them to the garden in stages so that fruit is yielded gradually during the summer, in portion-sized quantities.
As reported last week, most of the brassicas started eagerly then wilted, just as they did last year.
I feel it is about time to justify the title of this blog ...
There are 3 factors and 2 levels in this design of experiment :
Factor 1 : Exposure to sunshine
(because it looks like the seedlings are drying out even though the soil is moist)
Level 1 : Seed tray placed on the kitchen worktop
Level 2 : Seed tray placed on the kitchen floor
Factor 2 : Drainage
(because the compost packet says that it only contains nutrients for 6 weeks)
Level 1 : Deep seed tray with drainage holes
Level 2 : Shallow seed tray without drainage holes
Factor 3 : Seed variety
(because the purple sprouting seem more robust than the romanesco broccoli seedlings)
Level 1 : Romanesco broccoli seeds
Level 2 : Purple sprouting broccoli seeds
All the seeds will be planted in fresh peat-free compost.
All the seedlings will be watered with a few drops of water every day.
No fertiliser will be added.
This gives an experiment with 8 possible combinations of factors and levels.
6 repetitions of each combination will ensure statistically significant results ie. 48 seeds.
Watch this space for the results in a few weeks time.
My goal this year is to grow at least one proper crop of edible produce that I can eat freely and share with family and friends. At this point in time the outlook is not promising, but there's a plentiful supply of a low-carb option ...
British garden snails eat rat faeces (possibly infected with parasites which eventually affect the human brain) and can contain pesticides. Therefore if they are going to be eaten, they need to be collected with gloves, detoxified by purging them, and cooked thoroughly to kill parasites.