Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It's all a bit hit and miss.

The saga that is The Taxi Tomato (TTT) continues.In the last TTT post I commented on the my seemingly eventual success at getting a start on growing my TTT.

Well success turned to failure when they rotted off at ground level due mainly to the excessive soil moisture after our unusually high rainfall.

So there's nothing for it except to start again.
It's still pretty wet here so in order to prevent the same thing happening again I planted the new seeds into a well drained potting mix housed in a terracotta pot.

As you can see from the photo so far so good.

I've also included a photo on the progress of my climbing beans and again so far so good.

As for failures I'm racking up the frequent flyer points atm. Three different lots of bush beans have failed, I can't seem to grow parsley or spinach from seed and lettuce is proving difficult. I have no idea what is happening as I've never expericenced problems with any of these before so I'm just going to have to keep trying until I get something to germinate.
As for success I've managed beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, rocket and climbing peas so it's all a bit hit and miss at the moment.

I'm really missing my parsley and spinach so I might have to cave in and buy some seedlings from the local nursery until I can work out what is happening.

Anyhow cheers and happy veggie gardening



Scarecrow said...

Hi Stewart
With the lettuce seeds you might have to try chilling the seeds in the fridge for a few days before sowing them.See info on the Green Harvest site here it might help otherwise it might just be that you aren't used to having rain ;)

They also suggest soaking the Spinach seeds overnight but to do this in Autumn so it might be a bit early yet.
Also they mention that Parsley rarely survives in the tropical wet season so that could be your problem there too.
Just remembered too that half a teaspoon of epsom salts dissolved in a litre of water is supposed to help with lettuce seed germination.

Stewart said...

Wow, thanks for all the tips Scarecrow, I was just going outside to have another go but thought I'd check here first. Now I have some other things to try as well. I'm blaming all the heat, humidity and rain for now, I just don't know how long I can use that for an excuse though ;)

veggiegobbler said...

Oooh Scarecrow has lots of suggestions! I hear your pain Stewart and I'm experiencing it too! Good luck.

Welcome to Wild Honey Photography said...

I can't see a photo of the TTTs. Only one of the beans.

Welcome to Wild Honey Photography said...

Hmm. I can see both photos on safari but not on firefox. Weird. Might need to update my browser. Or something ...

Stewart said...

Hmm, the mystery deepens!!

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