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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Seed audit and planning

The first step in planning what seeds to buy was to find my seed pot. It was on the floor just there for ages, but then I tidied up... I found it eventually, and there are quite a lot of seeds in it.

Seeds, various. Very various.

A lot of these are old, but I think I'll take a chance on them and only buy what I haven't already got. I have:-

  • Field beans, some old, some saved, possibly mouldy
  • Dutch brown beans, saved
  • Borlotto beans, old
  • Peas, old-ish, Exzellenz, not enough
  • Brocolli, some old, some masses of saved
  • Red cabbage, old but masses of them
  • Spring onions, two varieties, at least one of which is fresh
  • Hokkaido squash, just four seeds
  • Carrots, old
  • Root parsley
  • Parsnips, saved
  • Leeks, saved (hopefully)
  • Chard, two varieties
  • Fennel, old but lots
  • Purslane
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Borage
  • Nasturtiums
  • Sweet peas
To add to these, I now have anise hyssop and primroses - thank you Sara! This is a pretty good selection, before I've even bought anything. I've decided against growing tomatoes this year, as they need a lot of attention and I've yet to get a decent crop. Carrots would be off the list if I didn't already have seeds - I'm not sure whether to bother sowing them or not. Peas do well, so I'll get more of those. Similarly potatoes - I tried one of the blight resistant Sarpo varieties last year, and I'd like to grow those again. I'll also add courgettes and sweetcorn to the list.

The only other veg I'm wondering about is asparagus. My seed-grown plants have mostly failed, and I do like asparagus a lot. I wonder whether plants grown from crowns might be strong enough to withstand some slug-chewing? Or if not, whether I might be able to defend a few plants successfully? Given the otherwise short shopping list, it might be worth a go.

1 comment:

  1. Ah good! I'm glad they arrived!
    I've also been wondering about asparagus - seeds or crowns. I bought three crowns from a cheapo place. Not convinced they will work and I'm unsure about growing from seed but to have homegrown asparagus is too tempting to not try!


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