I’ve finally worked out the sowing schedule (unless i buy anything else. which i’m not planning to. apart from seed spuds). Its taken longer than i thought as i’ve been waiting on some other packets of seeds to arrive from various sources, but i’ve finally got my list, and made a start on it.

sugar snap peas and pea ‘douce provence’ nestling in toilet roll tubes. When they’re ready to go out then the whole thing can be planted straight into the ground – the cardboard rots and provides nutrients to the soil, and it prevents root disturbance which peas hate.

On Thursday evening i sowed a variety of tomato seeds (2 each of: moneymaker, costoluto fiorentino, gardener’s delight, golden sunrise, red pear, san marzano and tigerella), 2 tomatillo seeds, 2 each of capsicum ‘sweet rainbow mixed’ and ‘sweet colour spectrum’, 10 sugar snap pea seeds, 10 pea ‘douce provence’ seeds, 10 nigella ‘persian jewels’, 10 more regular blue nigella, 10 allium christophii and 5 cauliflower ‘snowball’.

yes that is my hand in the way, and yes, the seed markers do look a bit like tombstones.. 

I’m trying a new method of planting this year, which is shown below: planting in small seed trays that fit into a gravel tray – the seed trays have holes, for drainage, the gravel tray doesn’t, so it doesn’t get waterlogged or drip all over my windowsills (which they did last year!) and the propagator lid fits nicely ontop.

seedtrays inside gravel trays with propagator lid ontop. Works for me!

the first of these seeds should show up around 28th, the rest over the next few weeks. be nice to see some greenery 🙂

In terms of the sowing schedule, it reads kinda like this: (and you’ll notice that some seeds are repeated for several months)

January:  tomato, garlic, parsley, sweetpea, allium christophii

February: Peppers, tomato, tomatillo, cauliflower, garlic, shallots (sets), parsley, basil, nigella, aquilegia, sweetpea, allium christophii, broad beans lemon balm and lupin.

March: Lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, spinach beet, courgette, aubergine, peppers, tomato, tomatillo, butternut squash, sweetcorn, peas, radishes, celeriac, carrots, kale, cauliflower, shallots, leek, onion seed, spring onion seed, sage, thyme, chives, parsley, basil, nigella, ipomea, cornflower, aquilegia, sweetpea, allium christophii, sunflower, night-scented stock, marjoram, lovage, feverfew, sorrel, lemon balm, mustard greens, celery leaf, rosemary, comfrey, mint, broad beans and lupin.

April: rocket, corn salad, lettuce, swiss chard, chard, spinach, spinach beet, courgette, aubergine, pepper, chilli pepper, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, squash, sweetcorn, peas, beans, beetroot, radishes, celeriac, carrots, asparagus, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, onion and spring onion seeds, sage, oregano, chives, basil, borage, nigella, melon, ipomea, cornflower, aquilegia, sweetpea, sunflower, nightscented stock, cottage garden annuals (a mix i have), tarragon, marjoram, dill, lovage, feverfew, sorrel, lemon balm, mustard greens, celery leaf, rosemary, comfrey, mint, broad beans, pak choi, lupin and foxglove.

May: rocket, corn salad, lettuce, swiss chard, chard, spinach, spinach beet, courgette, cucumber, squash, sweetcorn, peas, beans, beetroot, radishes, carrots, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, onion and spring onion seeds, sage, fennel, chives, borage, melon, nigella, cornflower, aquilegia, sweetpea, sunflower, nightscented stock and the cottage garden annuals again, tarragon, marjoram, lovage, feverfew, sorrel, mustard greens, celery leaf, rosemary, comfrey, chervil, mint, pak choi, broad beans, lupin and foxglove.

June: rocket, corn salad, lettuce, swiss chard, chard, spinach, spinach beet, peas, beans, beetroot, radishes, carrots, kale, spring onion seed, chives, borage, aquilegia, night scented stock, cottage garden annuals again, lovage, mustard greens, celery leaf, comfrey, chervil, mint, pak choi, lupin and foxglove.

July: rocket, corn salad, lettuce, swiss chard, chard, spinach, beans, radishes, carrots, kale, spring onion seed, borage, mustard greens, chervil, pak choi, lupin and foxglove.

August: rocket, corn salad, lettuce, swiss chard, radishes, foxglove, mustard greens, chervil, and pak choi.

September: corn salad, poppy

October: corn salad, poppy, broad beans

November: parsley, broad beans.

December: garlic, parsley

the more eagle eyed amongst you will note that peas aren’t due to be sown till april and that some things on the list for february haven’t been sown. yet. Peas: the folks over at GYO reckon  you can start peas now indoors, so.. i’m going for it!

Obviously i’ve a lot to sow yet, and some of it is going to be staggered/successional sowing.. but its all fun!! Oh, and i need to update my varieties list at some point i suppose..

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