Posted by: Anne | 22/02/2010

Sowing Seeds and Propagating

I had no idea when I embarked on this project that it would bring Sue and I closer together as friends, but it has.  It has been so lovely to go shopping together, looking at the Access frames, raised beds, seeds in garden centres and even laughing over how much top soil to order.

So on Sunday, we went to Sue’s house for lunch and took along my seeds, compost and seed trays.  Well that was the idea, but I forgot the compost – so we had to go to the local pound shop for more compost!  But bought some fantastic little propagator boxes that comprise of a tray in which sits five seed trays each with six sections for potting and a lid to keep everything warm and moist.  Bargain!  We had one each.

We had a lovely afternoon listening to music and chatting whilst sowing seeds for our raised beds.  Mark was outside putting Sue’s new raised bed and Access frame together for her.  We kept popping out to check on his progress.  He’s becoming a dab hand at putting the raised beds together.

Reading the packets carefully and following the square foot gardening idea, we sowed:-

  • 12 peas each – variety Greensage Bearing in mind that we can always sow some more in a few weeks to enjoy a continuous crop later.
  • Peppers – variety Tropical heat. A mixed packet of chillies or varying heat.
  • Foxgloves – variety Foxy mixed to attract Bees and Butterflies to the vegetables in the beds. Looked more like dust than seeds! There were thousands of them.  Mel! What do you do about sowing dust?
  • Echinacea – Again, we chose these to attract insects, but I love them so much as they are a majestic flower.  To take a good quality Echinacea will boost your immune system.
  • Tomato – variety Rosada f1 hybrid. A plum style tomato that promises to taste like a tomato should.

It was a shock to see that some of these packets only contained a few seeds whilst others contain thousands.  Read the packet carefully before you buy so you know what you are getting.


I had forgotten to buy some labels for my propagator but noticed some new wooden pegs in my kitchen.  We have used them instead of sticking a label in the side of the pot, we wrote on the peg and attached it to the potting tray.  They look a bit different – and I like that.

So now the question is, what will sprout first and will it be my trays or Sues?  Should we have a bet on this?

Still to come is French beans, sun flowers, carrots, more tomatoes and anything else that attracts out attention.

Have you bought some seeds yet?  It’s lovely to get cracking now and look forward to watching them grow and then getting them established in their raised beds.

The raised beds are looking fabulous.  The net cover over the bed is so protective.  It held the snow above and then as it melted, gently dripped onto the plants.  Natures own sprinkler system!

I’m impressed that the broad beans, garlic and onions are still growing in spite of this long winter they have endured.

Loving this.


  1. Hi Anne, I too couldn’t resist a bit of sowing! With some Christmas money, I bought a heated windowsill propagator. It has 7 individual seed trays, about A6 in size, each with its own cover. I’ve never had any success seed sowing indoors, so fingers crossed all will go well. So far I’ve sown basil, chervil, onions, lettuce, sweet peas and nasturtiums. All small quantities.

    Just got a lot of hard graft required up at the allotment as I need to prepare some ground. The weather has been so cold and the ground too wet to do any digging.

    Thanks for blogging. I’ll pop back and keep an eye on your garden.

  2. Kate, I can’t tell you, you have made my day. So lovely to hear from you. Your propagator sounds very posh. I’m sure they will be very happy little seedlings in there. You’re sure to have lots of success.

    Spring will be here soon, your allotment will be a hive of activity. Did you see I got the potatoes you recommended?

    Take care and thanks for contacting me.

    Anne. x

  3. As always, you have inspired me to get on with our garden. Have been out and bought seed potatoes that are now chitting in the cupboards, and all the seeds ready to go as soon as the weather improves. Still have leeks in from last year that will need eating soon……

  4. Anne,

    I found I still had some Rocket potatoes left in the garage from last years harvest and have now put them to chit with the rest. Do you think they’ll work?

    Can’t remember if I mentioned, but this time I’m trying earlies, Charlotte; King Edwards and Desiree, main and of course those Rocket…as an experiment.

    Little seedlings are popping up in the propagator! Am I supposed to take the lids off when they reach the top of the cover? or is that the time to pot them on?

    Kate x

  5. Hi Kate. I don’t know as I’ve never chitted potatoes before, and I don’t know about the seedlings either.

    I think this is time to ask some experts. I’ll get back to you. But as my Mum used to say, they have two choices, they either grow or they don’t!

    So glad we are doing this together.

    Will get back to you soon.
    Anne. x

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