I think hiding them away is the number one sign of addiction Poly
Panda, go for it. Last year sounds like bad luck to me. If all I planted last year was runner beans, I would have concluded I couldn't raise seeds either. It was only the knowledge that I have raised runners lots of times before that kept me going. Seeds are like children - they do weird things. No guessing what they'll do next.
Fidget - I need to get some extra staging or seed tray stand for the GH. Where did youend up getting your stand from?
My name is Gardenning Granny and I am a collectoholic seedoholic.
I cannot resist interesting seedpods hanging from trees, shrubs and plants - but what on earth does one do with 7 golden rain trees, and 5 lemon trees (no, I think they may have kicked the bucket over winter). But hooray - my sweetpeas came up in three days, and will soon be big enough to transplant 3 to a pot.
My greatest buy ever was a super 7 seed tray - seven little seed trays with plastic covers that sit on capillary matting on a windowsill tray. Only trouble is the waiting to transplant the first seedlings so that you can replant with something else...
My other problem is that I will be away for a month soon - but never fear, I have already booked all my seed trays (and pricked out seedlings that I will have by then) into a fantastic seedling B & B.....
A seedling B & B! I think that could be a serious business proposition round here - don't think them at Dragon's Den would understand though....!
allium2 , I ordered my seed tray frame from here. It was close to the deadline for next day delivery, but it didn't arrive today. I hope it will come tomorrow, as I need to get some seeds in soon.
I have just totally lost heart. I answered every single one of you,in a daft way, and was really having fun and imagining your answers. Spent 2 hrs over it when I knew I should be in bed. Then mt laptop had a dicky fit and erased the lot.. I tried to guide people to other helpful people, and had a lot of fun. I will try to get back to it soon, but will do it in individual messages instead, so I have less to lose, but I expect to be busy until Sat or Sun. I'm sure there must be a way to find it in here, but I don't have the knowledge. So, Seedies, for now I am signing off in anger (there's one for Tracey!) and I will get back to you all very soon. I am loving this thread, so please, don't leave it just yet. One cheerie thing, the birds are singing early! I hate computers. promise much then bugger up your time
It's not the seed packets that are the problem in my life, it's the seedlings. I germinate the seeds in a small heated propagator but I can't afford to heat my greenhouse above frost-free so they they all have to come into the house. I start with the kitchen window sill, because that's 'mine', and the spare bedroom, with a little cupboard pulled up to the window for backup, then it has to be our bedroom and the living-room.......
....and for years.Posy, I thought I was the only one doing all that!
....good to see you back Gardenjeanie....endorse what you say about computers, and don't get me started on windows 8!
my self saved agapanthus are all growing well now, sweet peas ready to pot on, and Gaillardia and sweet william almost ready to prick out....now the fun begins...and just when the sun has come out and I really want to get out in the garden. Oh and I still have three seed trays yet to germinate, and three pots on the windowsill where I tipped the entire contents of pots of saved something-or-other which may or may not do something. If nothing happens I just the pot contents anywhere in the garden, and then who knows....something might emerge!
Busy Liz - I often buy seeds in Lidl (we have one fairly near us in Murviel in the Languedoc) and for veg you can get little boxes of seeds from Point Vert for things like carrots and beans which are excellent value and varieties you don't find in England.
Thank you. We have a Lidl, don't often go there, huge queues at check out. We don't have a Point Vert. There is Jardiland, which is quite pricey. But a new GC has opened in Thiviers, wonder if that's Point Vert, it isn't Jardiland.