Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019, Seed sowing already!

I have gardened for years and am hopeless at being organised. I have been given beautiful gardening books where you can log down all the seeds you buy, when you sow them, when they germinate etc etc. I always start to use them then forget or don't write things down and out the window it goes.

I follow an avid, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tropical gardener on Facebook who sources seeds from all over the world. He has the most amazing set up a 'Dewpoint Cabinet' which seems to germinate anything he puts in it, yes I do yearn for one but if I had to choose between one of these and a new wirehaired dachshund puppy, the puppy would win hands down.

Anyway I digress, this year I shall be trying harder to log down my successes etc, as I have been finding over the last few years that by the time planting out into the garden comes along, that quite a few plants have not quite reached the right size or are way too big and have all gone leggy. Had I kept good records I could have adjusted sewing times etc. etc.

The only problem I have found is the inside is not set up as I would like.

I like the idea of a nice book, maybe I should make one?

I expect I will probably end up using a spread sheet. 

So the first seeds are sown, did you know that very fine seeds need to be sown early, these are Nicotiana Sylvestris. I still need to buy some coleus seeds as I haven't got them yet and they need to be started now too.

The Ensete Hiniba in the greenhouse are doing really well, I am thrilled how good they look.

I split them up and have half in the house and they are ok but not as good. I would move them out to the greenhouse but I think the change in temperature would be too much for them, so they will stay inside, for the moment.


  1. Hi Libby, I was pointed in your direction by Yorkshire Kris as I have been hunting for an ensete hiniba for two years! Do you run a nursery? or know where I may be able to get hold of one? Your Tropical bed looks amazing!!

    1. I don't run a nursery, I have just propagated my old hiniba. Yes I will have some pups available later in the spring


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