Seeds are being sown thick and fast this weekend, taking advantage of the full moon on Sunday. The list so far:
Raised beds – mixed salad, and oriental salad, leaves; chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium); parsley (Petroselinum crispum), treated with boiling water after sowing, as advised in “The Gardener’s Folklore”; dwarf beans (Phasoleus vulgaris); and watercress, sown in a damp patch caused by irrigation problems, as I guess the plants won’t mind sitting in a puddle.
Balcony garden, in pots – chives (Allium schoenoprasum); sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana); dwarf beans; oriental salad leaves. Plus, for flowers, the lovely climber morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) “Star of Yalta”, which promises deep violet flowers; and nicotiana, or tobacco plant, the hybrid “Perfume Deep Purple” (Nicotiana x sanderae). Dwarf sweet peas, “Patio Mix” have also been potted on into a deep container, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will thrive in the cool, bright days ahead.
Still to come – root vegetables such as carrots and radishes, for sowing the week of 18th November, after full moon. The Engineer has promised to plant onions on Sunday. This may be tricky as I need to persuade him that we should put them in later, say in a week’s time, so that they are not drawn up out of the ground by the moon’s pull. I foresee that understanding may be clouded by words lost in translation…
Meanwhile, young marigolds (Calendula officinalis) – a plant used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, especially effective as a skin cream – have been transplanted all along the back hedge and in beds outside the garden fence. Some borage (Borago officinalis), a great self-seeder, was added to ring the colour changes and keep the bees busy. Happily, the herb bed is doing well: Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been trimmed back, especially branches affected by mealy bug; thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is growing like topsy; Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare), struggling a little, may eventually be overwhelmed by the chives.