As I looked outside today at the wet autumn weather I could be almost convinced it was April, if I did not know it was the winter weather drawing in. As my husband passed me the envelope this morning I was full of excitement, realising my new seeds had arrived was uplifting!
The realisation however, that I had to wait for next season to plant them was the return of the lull. If it was March my children and I would be knee-deep in compost and plant pots, filling our greenhouse to the brim with our potential new treasures. At least one packet was unavailable but for under £14 pounds for 18 crop types I am still thrilled with my purchase.
I still would like to try a few more gourds so I will save seed from the ones I like at the supermarket, I plan to add two more wire trellis sides to my pergola which will allow me to grow heavier crops as vines more securely.
In the end I received; (Halloween Treasures for 2019)
- Miniature White Pumpkin (Baby Boo) 10 seeds.
- Miniature yellow Pumpkin (Jack be little) 35 seeds.
- Squash (Table King) 20 seeds.
- Gourd (Crown of Thorns) 10 seeds.
- Squash (Crown Prince) 5 seeds.
- Pumpkin White (Casper) 10 seeds.
- Squash (Delicata) 30 seeds.
- Squash (strawberry crown) 15 seeds.
- Squash (Yellow Scallop (Patty pan) 25 seeds.
- Marrow yellow and green (sunbeam) 10 seeds.
Beautiful Brassica collection;
- Italian Cauliflower (Di Sicilia Violetto) a Dark purple Head. 400 seeds.
- Italian Cauliflower (Romanesco) green, pyramid shape heads. 100 seeds.
- Cabbage (Mammoth Red Rock) 800 seeds.
- Cabbage Red (Acre) 800 seeds.
- Kale (Scarlet) 600 seeds.
- Okra (Burgundy) 150 seeds.
- Sweetcorn (Glass gem) 20 seeds.
- Lemon Balm seeds 250 seeds.
The packets are plain and simple, I also received a voucher for wine which I could utilise to receive twelve bottles of wine for £40, that could be divided for presents to friends and family.
Final Harvests not yet in I am looking forward to my pumpkins ripening and winter beans. I can already visualise the fun of next spring trying to grow enough plants to fill my large beds, finding spaces and pots to add even more onto the plot.
I will grow my usual, potatoes, main stream Brassica’s, Beans, Flowers, Carrots, Sweetcorn, sunflowers and root vegetables such as swedes and turnips even if I have to sow them at midnight.
I hope with the additional varieties I can fill my beds for most of the growing year with relative ease. Weather permitting, baby wrapped up warm and secured to my chest I hope to start my second full year with a wave of new crops for 2019.
I may try starting a few Brassica’s off in the greenhouse as they grow relatively well in low light and cooler conditions but the rest will have to wait until the new growing season!