Hello again you lot! Hope you are ok! Today I am going all green-fingered!
I have always wanted to grow my own veg and even fruit, but have never had the time or patience to actually do it. Plus I don’t have a greenhouse, so we’re limited to whatever can grow on a window sill.
At the beginning of spring, just before lockdown began, I purchased some tomato seeds, and they germinated and were doing well, so well, they were moved out of the house and into the shed. But within a couple of weeks, they developed a silver sheen on their leaves and soon withered and died – we think there was a fungus in the compost as it was repurposed. I was really disappointed! I thought I had cracked it!
But as luck would have it, one Friday night I was living the lockdown life watching Gardener’s World, where there was a segment this lady delivered about growing veg from left overs. ???
Excuse me, why have we never thought of this before? I have seen people re-growing spring onions on Instagram, but I don’t think I actually registered that you could actually do that! So, my competitiveness burst forth, and I went straight to the kitchen and got one of the tomatoes from the fridge and followed her instructions to the letter.
I scooped out the seeds and laid them on a piece of kitchen roll and left them on the window sill to dry out for a couple of days.
I planted them up in new compost and hoped for the best. Sure enough, in probably about a week, they germinated, so I kept looking after them, as if they were a new born baby, feeding them special food!
We had a few days of hot sunshine so out they went into the garden to soak up those rays and on gloomier days, I reused some plastic tonic bottles, by cutting them in half and turning them into miniature greenhouses, which really helped when summer seemed to disappear all of a sudden!
Fast forwards a couple of months and they are still here and are so much bigger. But with summer being somewhat disappointing (so far), they still have not flowered, so I am not entirely sure if I will actually get any fruit this summer. Fingers crossed though!
Let me know if you have any horticultural tips to help me out!