Sunday, May 25, 2008

Things I am having to re-sow

Basil - because it's all gorn orf. It's very odd. It germinated well, grew well, transplanted well but then it's gone all pale and limp and clearly won't survive. Being Neopolitan Basil, I suspect it doesn't really like northern latitudes and has caught a cold.

Climbing French Beans - nothing wrong with them, just that I need some more to fill a few gaps (cos not enough germinated).

Lettuce - nothing wrong with them either, just that I'm trying to be better at successional sowing to avoid boom or bust in the Lettuce department

Cucumber - soddy buggery cucumbers. germinated well, grew well, then died. Think they've taken Umbrage (a well-known disease of plants, caused by proximity to Lovage. TEST - what is the common German name for Lovage? Let's see if you've been paying attention)

Nasturtiums - sowed 30; germinated 1. I think they took offence; I only had a very short stub of a label, which wouldn't accommodate Nasturtium but would just squeeze in Nasty. They clearly thought I was being rude to them.


UKBob said...

I know what you mean about cucumber Woody. They don't seem to like a lot of water just after they germinate, melons seem the same. I had some of both but lost quite a few, mainly because when I go away for the weekend there is no one to look after the watering so I tend to do a big water on a friday night to last the weekend, the only other thing would be not to go away and thats not going to happen. Bob.

sarahsvegetablepatch said...

The name for Lovage is Liebstöckel here in Austria. I'm guessing that's the most common name for Lovage in Germany as well. I have a small plant in my garden that I never use, but it's commonly used in soups in our part of the country.

Woody Wilbury said...

Thanks Sarah. Wikipedia tells me it's called Maggikraut in Germany. The reference to soup or stock isn't surprising, given the taste and hence the cross-refernce to Maggi!