And So It Begins..

Welcome to the potting shed.

It’s been a lovely sunny morning. Cold, and breezy at the top of the hill, but down here in the valley it’s sheltered from the northerly wind. Tomorrow is forecast to be cloudy again. Housework can wait.


Potting Wm


The propagator lives on the potting shed bench. It’s near a socket for the plug and a large window. As soon as the seeds germinate I’ll find a space for them in the greenhouse where there is even better light.

Tomato and cucumber seeds to start us off. And some basil. A few early salad leaves too.

Game On.


Propagator Wm


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  1. Sarah February 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    It’s game on here too…I started seeds this weekend. Every night I check on them but still only see dirt! I love being ahead of the planting game and eating tomatoes in May when everyone else is just planting! Oh, how I long though for a potting shed…..

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      I’m determined to keep ahead of the game this year. How long it will last I don’t know!

  2. Em February 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Very envious of your potting shed. Space is very limited here and wherever there’s space, it gets filled with wood. I generally grow straight from seed and not very successfully last year! We need a bigger garden with some sun; it faces North East with HUGE trees to the south and west. I’m doomed. I shall garden vicariously through your blog!

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      I may have been a bit generous with the description ‘potting shed’. It’s a wooden hut with some of the old kitchen units ranged in front of the window. I currently share it with the wood offcuts from the bookshelves, all sorts of garden paraphernalia and other stuff that has no home. An army of spiders. And the mice.

  3. rachel February 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Now why was my first thought one of mice and slugs??

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      I know, I know. I am the eternal optimist sucker.

  4. Natalie February 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Oh, I’d love a potting shed! Have fun. I can’t start my seeds until the end of March. 🙂

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      You could pinch a bit of the barn. The chickens wouldn’t mind???

  5. Denise February 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Ah, Spring springeth! Isn’t it just lovely that daylight is stretching itself out to beyond 5 p.m, too?

    Happy days!

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      It’s great Denise. It really feels like winter is coming to an end (I may regret that).

  6. Viv February 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Looking very productive!

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      If they germinate… I may be a bit too early. But I’ve got some more seeds to sow later if needs be.

  7. Judith February 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I have heated propagator envy! Waiting a little longer for the edibles to start but did put sweet peas in last week in the greenhouse. Forecast is cold until March here!

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      I bought the propagator as a ‘new house’ present last year… you could do the same?? 😉

  8. julie thompson February 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Jealous of your early planting, it will be a couple of weeks before I dare start, flurries of snow here today! Jx

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      It is milder down here, but I am taking a bit of a risk. It’s more the light levels and seedlings going leggy. If I can get them into the greenhouse early enough should be OK?

  9. Vera February 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Strooth! And Strooth again! Haven’t even ordered our seeds yet, and here you are, in a colder climate than us, putting your seeds in! Well done you, and not so well done us!

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Loads of time yet Vera, especially for you. Longer season at the other end too!

  10. BadPenny February 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I love your determined mood !

    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      I just wanted to be outdoors in the sun!!

  11. Modern Country Style February 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    This reminds me that I must, must MUST get on with my planting too. I have been very lax indeed!

    Thank you for the kick in the behind!!


    • Jessica February 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Only a few things can be sown this month.. you’ve still got loads of time! Jx

  12. 1gus1 February 7, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Starting afresh is always such an optimistic thing to do and homegrown vegetables are wonderful. We’re not very successful, unfortunately . . .

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

      You’re so right, it’s easy to be optimistic at the start. I’m not sure I’m that successful either and last year was dismal.

  13. Sue February 7, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I’m hanging on just a little bit longer. First job for me is to dig over all the raised beds, digging in all those lovely chicken droppings that I’ve been scattering on top all Winter, only then will I consider planting any seeds in the greenhouse. Although I do have a greenhouse it is a draughty cold place with more gaps than glass in places so I would be mad to try and get anything to grow in there for another couple of months.

    I may be tempted to get a little bit of a head start on the kitchen windowsill though 🙂

    Lovely to see your pots planted and ready, you simply can’t beat the thrill of the first seedlings of the year showing their faces to the world.

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Ooh chicken manure… I have to buy in that pelleted stuff in tubs (at vast expense).

  14. Heda February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Nooooooo it is supposed to still be summer here – it’s only early February!

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Heda, I was REALLY envious last September when you guys were all heralding the first day of Spring. If I were rich enough, I’d have a camp both sides of the Equator!! It’s still officially winter here… I’ve just had enough of it and decided to move on early.

  15. Jo February 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. That’s a great sized propagator, and to be in such a lovely sunny position too. How I’d love a potting shed like that, especially one with power.

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Jo and welcome to rusty duck!
      The window and power are the big plus points of the shed. Only plus points. It also has a hole in the roof, a rotten floor and a lot of mice! They haven’t found a way into the propagator yet though, thank goodness.

  16. Rosie February 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    It begins here too, tomatoes and bean seeds potted up and potatoes chitting in the dark of the back of the garage! Lets hope for more sunshine this year especially for the tomatoes:)

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Feels good doesn’t it? And yes, much more sunshine. It’s just turned grey and started raining again here. Situation normal. 🙁

  17. Simone February 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I should really make a start but just can’t motivate myself just yet. I guess I will be well into it come March. Anyway, the good thing is that you have put me in the frame of mind to wash up pots ready for planting and clean out the greenhouse so that is a start isn’t it? 🙂

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      It’s a great start Simone. And all that fresh air at the vineyard will get you in the mood for growing, for sure!

  18. CherryPie February 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    New birth 🙂 Lovely!

    • Jessica February 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      I hope so!!

  19. Jacqueline February 8, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Oh Jessica,
    You are so organised. I love gardening but, I’m a bit of a fair-weather gardener and only tend to venture out in about March !!!! We have had all of our trees pollarded though so that’s a start !! I wish that you were my neighbour ….. I would come and pinch a few of your seedlings !!!! XXXX

    • Jessica February 8, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

      I’m the same Jackie. Probably why last year was such a bad one. I have yet to get used to gardening in the rain!

  20. elaine February 8, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I started my tomatoes off too the other day – not long now before the greenhouse will be bursting at the seams.

    • Jessica February 8, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

      The juggling act is about to begin – the greenhouse is full of over-wintering plants. They need to be out of the way before the tomatoes are ready to plant!

  21. ropcorn February 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Lovely! I can’t wait until I can start to plant my herbs, though I think I will have to wait a few more months for that. I love the little box you have made there, great idea!

    • Jessica February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      The propagator lets me start off the seeds a little earlier – it is still quite cold here too!

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