Monday, November 28, 2011
50 packets of seed to give away
Seriously I have 50 packets of beetroot seed to give away. But first a story...
For those who have been following my blog for awhile now you would well know I have issues with getting seedlings started. A couple of reasons that stand out to me are - not having the seed available at the right time, and not knowing what to plant at what time.
Typically my involvement in the garden is done on an ad-hoc bases and is seldom planned. Often I step outside realise what a magnificent day it is, sunny with a soft cool breeze that tingles my skin, that begs me to spend it gardening. Knowing getting some seedlings started is a high priority I go riffling through my seed collection to discover I have ran out or only have out of date seed of the varieties I want to plant. Not wanting to spend this beautiful day driving and shopping I go do something else in the garden instead. And once the moment is over it completely slips my mind to jump online and order some. I think that was one of the problems with some recent seedlings that had low germination rate I had used very out of date stock.
Another contributor I have experienced as a beginner gardener is knowing what to plant when. This has proven allot more difficult than one would expect. It just doesn’t seem to sink in. I think it comes down to 30 odd years in the supermarket generation, completely out of touch with the seasons. I have read book after book, and yes I even own a sow when chart. The above picture is a recent example of trying to grow snow peas as a summer crop. Amazingly we still got a crop of three off the plant before it dyed a few weeks ago.
So during one of my many daydreams I got to thinking wouldn’t it be great if someone would just send me the seeds I need when I need them. I then thought I wounder if there are many other people who suffer similar issues to me? From some of the comment to my previous post it looks there is. So I decided to start a business that does just that.
Now back to the free seeds, because I know that is all you here for... Today is the grand unveiling of the business Gumboot Garden and to celebrate its opening I am giving away a free packet of seeds to the followers of my blog. If you are interest go to the contact page on the site and provide us with your name, address and climate zone.
BTW If you are concerned that I lack the experience to provide such a service, you would be right. But don’t worry I realise my short comings thus the growing schedule has been heavily researched and developed in consultation with a extremely generous and highly experienced gardener. I ended up learning so much through the process that I think it has finally sunk in.
Love to know what you think.