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Gardening Update – Planting Seedlings

Gardening Update – Planting Seedlings May 25, 2020Leave a comment

This is the story of my mission to find new experiences and explore places near and far from me. Along the way I will be trying to find some really good chocolate cake. And of course seek out the meaning of...well...everything

A trough of herbs showing an example of planting seedlings

Finally the time has come for planting seedlings.  I was planning to do an update of my gardening activities during lockdown, more regularly.  The first few weeks were very exciting.  I watered and inspected my plants regularly (daily).  Was it time to start planting seedlings?  I got the tape measure out most weekends to see if my potato and leek seedlings had grown enough to plant.  I have to say things take a long time to grow.  Or maybe it is just me.

Originally I planted 6 strawberry plants and at one time I was hoping that at least 4 would grow.  As it turns out, the plant that looked the healthiest after planting has now died.  Ironic because I cleared an area around that strawberry for my potatoes, thinking it was a good place for growing stuff.  One of the plants that looked like it had been trampled, managed to revive but continues to struggle for life.  I have two strawberry plants in a sunnier part of the garden that are looking very good.  Now I just need to find some good chocolate cake to go with the strawberries.

strawberry seedlings growing well

I was given part of a kit for growing plants which can be used to garnish cocktails.  Most of these plants have done well and I transferred some of the me to larger pots which I already had.  I think I might need to see about some bigger pots soon.

A collection of seedlings in pots

I finally planted my potatoes yesterday.  The shoots were only just long enough to plant but I decided it was time to plant them anyway.  When I went to see how my plants were doing this morning I could see one of the potatoes on lying on it’s side.  I guess it has been dug up by some local wildlife.

potatoe plant lying on it's side

It has become a bit of a joke in the house that I will planting seedlings of my leeks tomorrow.  A lot have grown so I was putting off planting them because I figured it would take a while to plant them. all.  A family member suggested planting my leeks in cardboard tubes.  I was told that I should plant my leeks in cardboard tubes.  I was not sure how much of the tube should be above the ground and how much should be below.  Apparently they are to protect the seedlings from the sun so hopefully I have enough tube above ground.

This has been a good weekend for planting seedlings.  I just hope they survive now they are out in the garden.

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