greenhouse shame

This was going to be a boring post about TAX and ebooks, but I’ll save that until I have made a call to the US tax authorities.

In April I was putting up photos of my wonderful new greenhouse. Soon after this I started planting seeds like fury. I decided to try and use up all my old seeds (some very ancient indeed). After an anxious week or so a few little seedlings made an appearance in a couple of trays, but I didn’t really know when to take the lids of the propagators and one lot damped off. The others died on the very hot day we went into town forgetting to open the greenhouse ventilators. Absolutely nothing appeared in the other trays.

I tried again with fresher seed but had similar results. So my total greenhouse haul this year so far is four weeds, DSCN5900

the sweet pepper a friend gave me, DSCN5901

and behind that one of the two tomatoes I managed to grow, DSCN5899the other is in the vegetable patch. I did manage to grow a pot full of purple sprouting broccoli and that is in the veg bed along with some direct sown leeks, carrots etc, but still, it’s embarrassing.

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The good thing about gardens is that there is always another season and something else to admire. I rather like this last glimpse of the sun. DSCN6034 - Version 2The lilies are trying to make up for other failures,

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and the giant host is flowering madly.

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Thrilling post about tax coming in the next few days.

7 thoughts on “greenhouse shame

  1. I used to try growing from seed. Very mixed results and I sympathise with your frustration. Some of my friends seem able to grow anything. Certainly the rest of your garden looks very good so I doubt it’s user error. Are you sure the 4 seedlings are weeds? Maybe exotic tropical species? Anyway, it has to be better than doing tax returns.

    • Well, they *may* be exotic tropical species, but they’re certainly not salad onions or lemon basil – which is what was supposed to come out of the packet (and they look awfully familiar to me).

  2. I have solved this problem by never attempting to grow anything in the greenhouse.
    I only use it to over-winter certain plants during the ice and snow.

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