Tuesday, September 13, 2011

green finger tips - the seedlings germinate

placing the border

i went out and got some rocks from around the neighbourhood to create a border. they stop the weedeaters getting in (there are a troop of garden service men who come through with edge trimmers every so often and they trim everything in their path). I scattered mustard, fennel, linseed and mung bean seed. I added a few chilli seeds for a dash of spice. in a day or two the germination started.

mustard and fennel germinate

the mustard and fennel just after germination. there is a chilli skin lying in the soil. The mustard is a great soil improver. It gives nitrogen to the soil if pulled out before it goes to seed. although fennel is generally an antisocial plant, it has come up well, but i will thin the seedlings as there are too many for the space. young fennel salad coming up soon.

mustard and linseed

the mustard and linseed popped into existence next to each other. linseed improves the soil.

the next post will show how the the plants have developed since 28 august.


Balcony Gardening said...

Great work, did you just spread the seeds with out digging them in? or lightly rake the ground over them?
Did you get many weeds coming up?

jeannine davidoff said...

Thanks Alex. i just spread the seeds, i don't rake the ground. i leave it as undisturbed as i can. there are wild clover, centella, chickweed and a huge dandelion. i let these grow and use them to add to the green mulch. there are not many weeds besides these.i also chop up all my kitchen waste into small pieces and add it.