An Experiment Works

Towards the end of May, rushing to get everything planted before I took a holiday, I wrote that I’d used plastic drinking straws to sow seeds – placing short pieces of the straws in the ground and dropping one seed in each – as a way of preventing cats fouling what would have appeared as bare earth.

I tried it with leeks and parsley – and two weeks later, this is the parsley.  You can see how effective it is in the lower right quarter of this image.

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I didn’t always manager to get the seed INSIDE the drinking straw, and there appears to be a courgette growing in the middle of this section – not planted by me.

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But I count this as a success.  Not every seed germinated, but that would have happened straws or no straws.  And I can re-use the straws I removed from this bed elsewhere.

I hope the leeks will do just as well!




Monthly Round-up: April

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The first day of the month was mostly sunny, though a cool breeze blew through my garden.  I’d tied these bean strings on the arch thinking I might be able to plant a few seeds out, but I don’t think I’ll risk it yet.  I’ve started some off in the greenhouse though. Continue reading “Monthly Round-up: April”