$65 seems a lot, but then I tell myself other people have more expensive hobbies than growing vegetables. Right?
Over the past few years I've worn down my seed supplies to practically nothing: some saved lettuce and mizuna seed, a drizzle of radish seed, and the remains of some packets of peas and beans. That's it.
Given the success of my winter seed-raising, which saw me planting out fine carrot and lettuce and fennel seedlings last weekend, in spite of good sense and weather forecasts, I've been inspired.
|A wayward carrot that appeared in|
the garden in Autumn
(For those who've joined us recently, last summer, everything died.)
This summer, I think, will be different!
I do this each spring: enjoy a few rainy days and tell myself I'll lavish the garden beds with water all summer if that's what I need to do to get a decent haul. I'll be out there each evening with the hose and the seaweed solution, cajoling the things into growing.
What's more likely is I'll go into water-conservation mode after the first rain-free week, and spend my evenings out with friends rather than tending tender shoots to greater tenderness. And everything will die.
However, this summer, I have a new plan! That plan is to grow most things in spring, then leave only a few things in from February to the end of March, raising new seedlings inside to be planted out in April. This way, I'll miss the hottest of the hot weather, and avoid wasting water barely keeping things alive.
It's the latest in a long line of vegetable experiments. I expect some successes among the inevitable failures. But the most important thing, I think, is to let yourself be inspired, and to learn a little more each time.