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Early Autumn Sowing

September 14, 2016

Having cropped the last of the tomatoes in the greenhouse I am keen to use the space for growing other things.  The first task is sowing seeds for cutting next year and I want lots of Fennel vulgare for planting at home and on the allotment…

IMGP0672-002And  Ammi visnaga …IMGP0692

Bupleurum rotundifolium a late-flowering plant with lime-green flowers…


Lunaria annua (Honesty)…


And seeds of a lettuce Winter Density described as like a large Little Gem, slow to bolt, flavoursome and tolerant of heat…winter-density

All these seeds were sown in half-size trays of general purpose compost and placed on shelves in the warmth of the green house-with the door left open. However on a trip to the allotment early sunday morning a ground frost was silvering the leaves on the Euphorbia wulfennii and the Phlomis fruticosa so I zipped the door closed.



Then by today temperatures are soaring up to 26*C so I will unzip the greenhouse door. With these crazy fluctuations in temperature the seeds may be traumatized and will need to be re-sown.

Difficult to say why I bought quite so many onion sets but they are now all planted: Red Winter, Senshya and Shakespeare, fifty of each, are in the ground. And I sowed two rows of Wild Rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) seeds next to a row of flat leaf parsley, the latter came through from a sowing three weeks ago.

The Kaffir lily plants are slowly fattening up in a border here and I cut the flowers from one for my desk. They are such an extraordinary orange/red and perfect for this blue glass vase.


Clumps of pot marigold were cleared from a bed in order to tip a full, well-rotted load of compost from one of the three bins on the allotment.  It’s an effort forking it out and transporting it in a wheel barrow and then raking off any resistant roots, but very satisfying.  Two of the three bins are full to the brim but there’s now an empty bin to take the rest of late summer weeds and kitchen waste. Incidentally now is a good time to save seeds of this lovely annual.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2016 3:04 pm

    I have been holding off sowing seeds for the reason that it is still too hot in the greenhouse and there is nowhere else that seems suitably protected anywhere else; some that I sowed before our visit to the UK at the beginning of August did germinate but then were drowned by the ‘broccoli man’ when he was watering his fields. Again on Saturday half the garden was drenched with his water meaning we couldn’t have breakfast outside. But you have inspired me and I must get on with some seed sowing very soon. Love the red keffir lily, a really striking colour.

    • September 14, 2016 3:43 pm

      Today on the allotment I looked in the greenhouse and several seeds have germinated in three of the trays. I gently watered so fingers crossed.

  2. September 14, 2016 3:14 pm

    The change in seasons is definitely underway, enjoyed your photos and info.

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