I’ve been a little lax about sowing new seeds over the last couple of months. I guess it’s because it finally occurred to me that late December to late February is not the most ideal time to have young, vulnerable plants around. During that time, the dry monsoons suck the moisture out of the air and ground, and I had quite a few plant losses that discouraged me from starting anything new.
Thankfully, the rainy weather appears to be back, and although it’s rather humid on some days, the temperatures have been delightfully cool overnight. It seemed appropriate to start growing new plants again.
Besides that, I’ve been looking through the seeds that I’ve exchanged with a couple of my gardening buddies, and I think it’s time to get some new plants growing in our garden.
Don’t even consider that I love to watch how seeds germinate and start growing. It’s such a lovely affirmation of the cycle of life to see how a tiny, dormant thing like a seed gets into action and grows into an incredible fruit- or flower-bearing plant.
So, while I haven’t sown all the new seeds, several have been buried in germinating pots, and have started to say hello to the world.
My buddy The Weed generously shared seeds for beets, white radish, Simba beans, pumpkins and Mammoth sunflowers. So far, only the pumpkin hasn’t started growing yet.
I’ve finally (not sure why I delayed so long) sowed Hami melon and butternut pumpkin seeds that I got from Novice Gardener. To my surprise, both of them have one sprout each! I don’t know why, but I keep thinking that fruit vegetables like pumpkins and melons can only grow overseas, so this will be interesting for me. It’s part of my Doubting Thomas mentality rearing its head – I won’t believe it until I harvest the fruits in our garden!
From my own stock of seeds, I’ve decided to attempt growing sweet peas again. The weather seems more friendly towards sweet peas, I think, so let’s hope for more than a single, hardly-formed bean this time!
I also started a new set of kangkong plants from seeds that I harvested from our plants last June. They’re still very viable, and I hope we’ll get to eat more than we use for mulch this time…