Panic only a gardener will understand


Date:02 Sep 2021

Blog Type:Vegetables

Well here we are again much to my family's dismay, bringing the garden indoors for a bit to start off some summer seeds.

Luckily our north facing lounge which gets the most sun is fairly large and they don't take up too much space. Still doesn't stop me telling my poor kids 'be careful, don't knock the seeds!'. 

I feel very fortunate to have been able to sow the seeds a few days ago, as this time last week I had ran out of all seed raising mix, even regular potting mixes!

I was prepared to sow some using regular soil sifted out of the garden, as I needed to get some started soon so they would be big enough for my eldest daughter to tend to when we're away the start of October for a few days (covid depending of course).

But using soil from the garden is far from ideal as I've learnt from using this method before. I done a wee experiment one year, using soil from the garden, and seed mix. The soil from the gardens seeds actually germinated faster than the seed mix, but in my opinion that was the only benefit.

Soil from the garden acts differently in pots than it does in the garden, it compacts around the plants wee roots, not allowing enough air to circulate around them, and therefore, restricts the growth. 

But in saying that, it does work if there are no other options! But you want to give your seeds the best start in life I think, so investing in a good mix right from the start is the better way to go. 

I found on social media someone commented Farmlands were selling seed and potting mixes as an essential item, so I frantically ordered some from them!

It's a different brand to what I usually use, as that's all they sold, so it will be interesting to see how it goes!


Panic only a gardener will understand