Getting the veg started

Happy Easter

Easter weekend is the start of the gardening year for many people so I should be listing some gardening tips but instead I will just show a few of the things I have been doing in the past few days.

The yacon tubers have been sitting in open bags with a little compost all winter, kept free from frost and just about moist. Now I have cut them up to separate the shoots and potted them up.

yacon startyacon starts

I will keep them dry for a few days to help prevent rot and then start moistening the compost, going steady with the water until they are well rooted. They cannot be planted out till May. I did much the same with the cannas below.

cannas starts

Seeds have been sown for a while now and some pricked out. But these petunias and nicotiana are now ready for their move to cell trays.

petunias seed

Antirrhinums are the first seeds I sow in spring because the seedlings are so slow when they are young. For some reason you always get a proportion of seedlings with three seed leaves. I have never followed their progress to see whether these plants differ from the others in vigour or not – must make a note to do so.

antirrhin seedlings

I always grow lots of parsley and I sow the seeds direct in cell trays – just three or four per cell.

parseley seds

The dahlia seedlings are now desperate to be pricked out and I see that a slug or maybe woodlice have discovered they have a taste for them.

dahlia seeds

The lettuce are almost ready for planting out.

letuce seedlings 16

The tomatoes are still small but they are now settled in their (6 cell) trays.

tomatoes 16

And just for a bit of Easter colour, I posted about daffodil ‘Spring Sunshine’ a few weeks ago. I was a bit dismissive really and the flowers had only just opened. Now they are weeks older I can see that the petals are paler and the cup is a rich yellow. They have lasted well and put up with rain and frost and I humbly say that they are a great garden daffodil: early and short – ideal for naturalising.

narc spring sunshine march 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments on “Getting the veg started”

  1. sueturner31
    March 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    In my naivety ‘is that a real word’ I need to ask what are yacon ? And the daffodils are glorious, love the swept back petals.

    • thebikinggardener
      March 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Yes, yacon is a real word though the botanical name is Smallanthus. I posted about them in autumn and described the crop but I thought I ought to mention them in case anyone was starting them now. They are easy to grow and form crisp tubers that can be used like water chestnuts. Yes, I like the daffs now although I wonder if they have held up to this wind and rain – I will check later! Have a good day.

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