Hello, my name is Lil and I am a seedaholic. My seeds are filed in sowing date order, split into edibles and ornamentals and sow under cover or outdoors . The squeals of delight are all the louder when the seeds that should have been difficult to germinate take less than 2 weeks. My H2B thinks I'm crazy - if only he knew quite how many packets I have.
There are squeals of delight when they germinate, Nut, and there are wails of anguish when they don't. At the moment there is stress about my Sweet Peas, sown on 7th February, 2 to a loo roll of compost. 2 germinated and are about an inch tall, should be 36 plants to 18 loo rolls. Then nothing, but this morning 5 more are up so all is not lost!
my name is Claire and I am a seedaholic. luckily my dad buys garden news every week, and any free seeds he doesn't want he passes them onto me! even better,we seem to have different tastes,so I get the ones he doesn't want,but I do.
having said this,ive ordered some sarah raven flower seeds,very expensive,but worth having as they are a bit different,and opened a packet today with nothing in it!!
don't think I can be bothered to complain tho.
like the idea of sending seeds to flood victims.
would they want my giant pumpkin and tromboncini tho?!!
My name is Bee, and I am a seedaholic. I realised this when you mentioned the seed catalogues on the bathroom floor. I stash seed packets away in the fridge behind the soy sauce, to prolong viability. I purposely choose seed varieties which can be started indoors in February in preference to those which can only be planted in March or April. We have no greenhouse, but lots of wide sunny windowsills over which a green continent spreads as the spring progresses. Every year, the continent extends its borders still further, in the hope that OH will realise that we need a greenhouse.
For years I have grown seeds on the basis that come April/May I will have built the raised beds to transplant them to (and often failed), but this year, they have been completed, and I realise that I want more, and still more raised beds as I dream of self sufficiency and the good life. From about the end of February onwards, I start saving plastic water bottles, which I cut in half and use as mini cloches so that I can put things out a little earlier. This year I have stooped so low as to collect dahlia and carnation seeds from the garden to see if they will germinate. If they do, I fear that the temporary 'high' which might result, could plunge me to new depths of depravity. It is too late for me I fear...
I do feel sorry for you all, I haven't got a problem, I mean just because I have a lot of seeds, and hide the ones that keep popping through the letterbox from my OH, and spend vast amounts of time reading seed catalogues/googling and thinking about seeds, and just because I struggle for space for all the propagators and save seeds from plants I already have loads of and can't move on the patio for little pots of last years seedlings that doesn't mean I'm a seedaholic, I still have plenty of space in my seed cupboard and I may sow them all one day, no I'm not a seedaholic, I could stop anytime, (couldn't I?) I'm sure I'm in control and I don't see what harm a little bit of squealing can do...
nice one Ashleigh
Denial Ashleigh, denial!!
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Sowed seeds yesterday, and am now on daily germination watch. Think i might be in the early stages of this affliction. Many squeals when green shoots appear, plus have to drag all other family members against their will to have a look ..... Yet to elicit any squeals from them - heartless souls
Totally get that Chicky, I call them and it's all "If this is about flowers again Mum.."
That's why I love this forum so much, people who talk about plants all the time
Lil Amber, I'm fascinated by your filing system; mine is primitive in comparison; a shoe box for veg and a half shoe box for flowers, filed alphabetically, which means that I go through them each month picking out the ones to sow; a rather clumsy system - any advice appreciated
I always, always look at seed packets in shops, but I refuse to pay a lot, knowing that the germination rate is often not that high. But I do love it when seeds germinate and start peeping through; if my sweet peas don't come through soon, I don't know what I'll do
Any spare, but still viable, seeds would be greatly appreciated on the 'flooded gardens' thread (Consider it like going to The Priory, but for the price of a stamp)