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Kitchen gardener for the Darsham Nurseries Cafe. Seedaholic. Grower and lover of food and flowers.


A Symphony of Seedlings

The polytunnel is positively humming with activity.

The intoxicating aroma of happy seedlings and damp compost hits you every morning as you open the doors. Every day brings new sprouting life; the lovely bright days of the last week here in Suffolk have made a huge difference to the germination rate.


Tomatoes, chillies, chard, onions, leeks, lettuce, watermelons, kale, artichokes, herbs, hardy annuals and half hardy annuals have all started their journey now and are clamouring to keep pace with the peas and beans.

Even the usually stubborn Ricinus Communis ‘Carmencita’ is creaking with effort to break out of its seed shell.


The peas are ready to be planted out in the potager; these beautiful babies are black podded Italian peas.


Agretti has finally germinated and already its quirky seedlings have my interest.


Some seedlings seem to be smiling as they emerge.


It has been a good week here at Darsham, the first of the indoor spring onions and radishes were ready for the kitchen. A further batch of indoor radishes was sown this week, which should be harvested just in time for the tomatoes to take up residence.


Numerous armfuls of kale, leeks, radicchio and mustard have been gathered and there is plenty left still in the ground.

The spring onion bed is fit to burst, which is ideal timing, as this bed has already been chosen as an ideal spot for the summer radishes.


Tremendous teamwork resulted in the creation of a new soft fruit area in the overspill kitchen garden. Already we have planted raspberries, strawberries and gooseberries.


Lemons and figs were planted in permanent indoor containers in the polytunnel. Hopefully these will successfully bear enough fruit to supply the kitchen.


Next week’s seeds will be courgettes, cucumbers and zinnias. We are going to need a bigger polytunnel!

The phrase ‘Find a job you love and you will never work again’ seems particularly fitting this week.

limegarden@sky.com • 3rd April 2016

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2 Comments on A Symphony of Seedlings

Ann @ Ann Edwards Photography said : Guest Report one year ago

not sure that I will ever find the smell of damp compost intoxicating!

Niamh said : Guest Report one year ago

It's 'Eau de Growth' !

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