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Spring seeds

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the July 19th, 2010

Although it is cold and wintery, it is time to sow seeds in seed trays ready for your spring garden. I have about four trays already sitting in front of a sunny northern window. I’ve planted a selection of tomatoes, eggplant, basil, capers (first time I’m trying them!) Chinese cabbage, savoy cabbage and various summer squash. I still, after all these years of sowing seeds and watching them germinate, get such a thrill when those little green leaves spring up out of the soil.
Don’t forget to spray your seedlings with chamomile spray to prevent fungal diseases. I find the easiest way is to mix up a strong solution of chamomile and keep it in a bottle in the fridge. Each time I fill my mister spray bottle, I add a dollop of chamomile from the jar.

I am trying a new thing with my tomatoes this year. Earlier this year I scavenged eight large wooden boxes from a local nursery that was tossing them. I had no idea what I would use them for – they just looked useful. Sitting planning my spring planting, I thought about how much space my toms take up and decided to put the boxes to good use for them. I have positioned them on warm paving, which is in a full sun and retains that warmth much later into the night than my veggie garden. I have created a cascade of boxes and lined them with black plastic. I will fill them with a compost and topsoil mix from Jacklin Organic I am going to erect a selection of tripods, which will hopefully create a wonderful tomato tower! Will post pics as soon as I take them.

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  1. Linda said,

    on August 25th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I’m interested to see you are trying capers, I have wanted to but have not been able to find any seeds or plants? What are their growing requiremnets?


  2. on August 26th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Hi Linda,

    I will see when I get back home whether I am growing them or not! I am away and the seeds hadn’t germinated yet before I left. They are seeds a friend brought back from Italy. They need a typical Mediterranean climate – hot dry summers and a cold winter. So if they have germinated, the next experiment is to see if they will cope with Joburg weather – as many Med plants do.


  3. on September 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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