Green Fingers and Plant Swapping

Hey everyone – how is your garden getting on? Our borders are a little bare at the moment, but that’s because I am being super cautious with my seedlings this year. I always get over excited, plant them out while they’re still small and then – NOM! – they get eaten by slugs during the next rainfall.

I am excited about the garden this year though. We were so lucky with a relatively mild (although windy!) winter and Spring has really treated us nicely so far as well, although it doesn’t always feel like it we’ve had quite a lot of consistent sunshine.

My enthusiasm to grow an aubergine has overspilled a little this year – I now have about 40 strong, healthy aubergine seedlings – I do not have a garden big enough for this many aubergine plants! I’d definitely like to get into plant swapping with people locally, do any of you do that? I think it’s such a positive community action, to formulate an exchange economy, supporting neighbours to grow their own food, and perhaps try things they haven’t tried before.

My pumpkins and squashes are also looking awesome. I think these are my favourite things to grow, but I think this weekend I am going to have to get some growbags in as we simply do not have enough bed space for them all. A little over enthusiastic with the seeds!

Other things we’ve got on the go include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Sweetcorn (although they are somewhat stunted as the cats decided to nibble their tops!)
  • Coriander
  • Carrots
  • Butternut Squash
  • Courgettes
  • Sunflowers
  • Spring Onions
  • And I’m even having a crack at celariac for the first time.

I’ve also put some flower seeds in – but they don’t appear to be getting anywhere at the moment… Will I ever be able to grow flowers? Probably not, but I love my edible crops so I am not complaining!


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