Germination – colds and seeds

I’m going to have to keep this one (relatively, for me) short and sweet, simply because I’m still not well and seem to have had a second wind with this cold. Or whatever it is. Bleh.

Firstly, thanks to each and every one of you that commented on my last post. I should have replied personally to each of you but, to be honest, I’ve lacked the energy and mind space to much at all lately. I’m just wiped out, especially this morning, having had about 2 hours sleep. But I have read, re-read, read aloud and read once more the comments thoroughly and taken heed. Believe me. I really have.

So as you’d imagine things have been going at a somewhat more leisurely pace here at The Smallest Smallholding. In the evenings, after work, I’ve been doing a little weeding whilst we let the bunnies ‘free range’, mostly because I’d either sit there and brood, or eat. So it’s a good time to do something constructive. Little bits and pieces, where I can.

If I feel any better this afternoon I might try and plant a few lavenders in, but I think today is a bit of a sofa day. I really thought I was getting over this cold/infection/thing but yesterday afternoon it came back with a vengeance. Is that normal? It just seems it’s been about 3 weeks in the making and then not a fully fledged cold, just a bit glandy (new word), tired, snotty on and off.  Now I’ve just got one of those really awful dry hacking coughs that make you gag, because I’ve been breathing through my mouth all night, a (literally) streaming nose and burning eyes. Joy. And then add to that beautiful picture a few spots (thanks in part to office-bought Krispy Kremes, NOT my idea), and rapid weight gain, and you have a truly stunning sight to behold.

Blergh. I’m no good when I’m ill. I was hoping to get over it a lot quicker so I don’t feel so down in the dumps all the time. It certainly hasn’t helped. And yes – I am dosing up on every known natural cold/immune system booster/remedy known to man.

Sooo rather than moan and relay all my symptoms to you (isn’t it boring), let’s talk fruit and veg.

My polka raspberries are sprouting now. despite Moppy’s attempts to eat all of the newly shooting leaves, so I’m hoping I’ll have a few healthy bushes to marvel at by the summer. My garlic and onions are doing well, as always, and the Charlotte potatoes are IN.

And my chillis and peppers are starting to germinate, despite not being in a propogrator – wahey! Well, not all have germinated quite yet. The jalapenos and cayenne peppers are yet to make an appearance, but I’m hoping once the conservatory starts to reach a suitable temperature, they’ll show themselves.

So I’m sort of on top of my planting, but there’s still a lot more to do. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where I’m going to put everything this year. The onions and garlic alone (along with a line of raspberry canes) has taken up my biggest plot. I have a small bed dug out, reading for composting before I plant my salads. I figured a smaller bed for cut-and-come again salad leaves would be easier to manage and protect than big, long rows. I have one remaining vacant bed and I have to find room for cabbages, runner beans, a few varieties of squashes and goodness knows what else that’s lurking in my seed box. Hmm. Need to work out some space-saving solutions…

Either way, today I’m going to take it easy, and not feel guilty about it. I even had a relaxing bath at 6am (due to lack of ability to sleep due to feeling crap) with my copy of Country Living and a hot honey & lemon.


  1. Ahh sorry to hear you’re still feeling ill! I had a cold the other week and it wasn’t fun at all but maybe it is a good excuse to relax and take care of yourself?

    Well done with the seeds and things, I really need to get my potatoes in and I hadn’t even thought about getting the peppers sown so I think I have jobs to get through this weekend.

    1 space saving solution could be to grow the runner beans in containers? I haven’t tried it but you don’t really need too many plants to get a ton of beans so maybe 5 or 6 plants in a large pot with a cane wigwam to scramble up?

  2. Try checking with your local nursery to see if they have any spare large pots for the likes of squashes. I plan to grow a couple of patty pans in our decrepit old wheelbarrow. Salad leaves can also be successionally grown in containers – I managed to cadge a couple of those wooden crates from my local nursery that they display their bulbs and dahlia tubers in which I’ll use for lettuce and the like.

  3. Sorry to hear you’re still not well, hope the nice weather is helping your recovery.

  4. Most of my office has a cold that sounds very similar to yours – it does get a second wind after a couple of weeks and then it does seem to go away.

    We sowed seeds in our whole garden on Saturday (beautiful weather), every inch is dug and planted . . . and then we looked at each other and remembered the dwarf french beans, the french beans, the runner bean, the courgettes, the squashes . . . I feel your pain! Oh for twice as much garden!

  5. allotment blogger says

    I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well, but could you enlighten me when you’re feeling better. What on earth are polka raspberries? They sound fascinating.

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