Reproduced below is my latest blog entry in the Yates spring veggie growing challenge
There are so many interesting gardening blogs that it makes choosing one very difficult, but Collette Redman really stands out as my favourite blogger. I know Collette through gardening circles on Facebook and we have exchanged seeds in the past (she put me onto Blue Hubbard pumpkin, which is an excellent variety. Thanks Collette!). Collette posts regularly and it’s always nice reading her updates. Reading about what other people are doing in their garden every day like Collette motivates me to do even more in my own garden.
Today, I sowed some cosmos seeds (“Lemonade” from Egmont Seeds) next to the wildflowers that I sowed yesterday, also from Egmont Seeds. I also potted up some of my tomato seedlings into six-cell punnets (“Big Beef F1” from Egmont Seeds, “Heirloom Mix” from McGregors and “Italian Dwarf Romadore F1” from Oderings, as well two varieties which my friend Minette gave me, “Pineapple” and “Lionel’s tomato”).
Even though I’ve been gardening for awhile now, I’m definitely not perfect and have had my fair share of failures which I’m very upfront about. I’m a bit disappointed with my eggplants this year. You may recall me mentioning that I had a really bad year last year, with hardly any fruits from my plants. This year, I’m having trouble getting them started. I just placed most of my eggplant seedlings into the greenhouse and noticed that they look very unhealthy. They came off the heat pad some time ago and had been sitting in some incubators inside the house. Some of the seedlings died. Fortunately, I have a few larger healthy looking seedlings in the greenhouse. My best plants are Ping Tung from Egmont Seeds, which are in a six-cell punnet. I also have a couple of “Asian Bride” plants, as well as one “Dok” plant, all of which are in 10 cm pots. I just hope that these plants survive, as I don’t think my latest batch of seedlings look very good at all (refer to the picture I’ve included with this post).
Has anyone else suffered from set backs so far this season?