New Gardening Year
I’m never sure if the end of the year is considered the beginning of the next growing season or the end of the current one.
I’d like to think its the beginning for the next season, the sowing of seeds that need a cold spell takes place, seed catalogues are arriving and plans can be made.
Today I finished sowing the seeds that I selected from the Alpine Garden Society, Some of the seeds need to be sown in the spring, so they are put away safely for now.
About 25 pots sown later, and I’ve experimented with a different type of pot dressing instead of gravel, I cannot find fine gravel that I am happy with so I’ve tried non-absorbent cat litter, which I know some cacti growers use as a pot dressing. I’ve added this so that the seedlings can grow through the gritty type layer easily and the compost should stay moist and weed free.
Luckily the type recommended is the type that my cats currently use.
Seeds sown, light covering of compost and a dressing of cat litter later, the pots are placed in a heavily weighted down zip up greenhouse so they can get nice and chilled, but not rained on.
Hope to see the start of some seedlings in the spring.!
I popped to the local Garden Centre today, just to see if there were any bargains, which there were not, but I still came back with a treat for myself of an Alpine Trough that I’m going to look forward to finding nice compact plants for.
I’m taking a leaf out of the excellent blog from The Patient Gardeners blog and I’m doing a new year Garden flower count, and if I can find the pictures, I’ll be blogging an end of year best bits.