I’ve had a funny year for seedlings.
Broad beans - first load germinated in modules and then burned off or got hit by some pest - useless. The second sowing (kept in a different location) gave me enough healthy plants for three decent rows. They looked decent one minute in the modules and wilted rapidly as I was planting them out. After watering, they came back up again and I look forward to a good harvest with some re-sown pink Karmazyn ready to give me another couple of rows to plant out soon (despite being late).
Hestia Dwarf Runners - not bad in the modules but I’ve turfed them out of the bed after planting them outside. A right-off.
French Beans - have taken a long time to decide that they might actually thrive together with the extras I’ve had to find to fill the gaps.
Peas - Kelvedon Wonder and Oregon + Petit Provencale mangetout doing fabulous so far but Waverex Pertit Pois giving me only one successful ‘gutter’ out of two.
Beetroot (Boltardy) - usually no trouble. It’s taken me three re-sowings to get a decent set of seedlings (multi-sown) to soon be ready for planting out. They should have been easy. Not so, this year.
Onion Sets (Fen Early) - these sets looked manky when they arrived but they are now thriving and doing well in the ground.
Onions (Sturon) - seeds were so disappointing that I’ve sent for 100+ sets in the hope that they can catch up and give me a late crop. I’ll still do seeds next year!
Those sets (Sturon)have sprouted well but I don’t if I’m too late.
Lisbon are looking very promising.
A bit of a boring list and I could add a lot more to it but I hope that it illustrates that life is not always straightforward for the gardener but it is so worth soldiering on - repairing and making good until it comes right.
It would be so easy to be discouraged when things don’t go strictly according to plan.
Nature wants things to grow as much as we do. It’s a case of learning as we go along and finding the right way to cooperate with her, given the conditions of any given year.
It’s nice to enjoy the current (19/5) fine weather in lock down but, unlike the normal British temperament, currently it has all us gardeners praying for a bit of rain!.
Some things we can control - some things we can’t!
It’s often the case of taking the ‘ups’ with the ‘downs’.
With patience and good husbandry, the ‘ups’ will win in the end!