Over my years of growing food, I have learnt two things about the planting/seedling phases:
- You won’t remember what you planted, and need to write durable labels.
- If you’re planting with kids, what comes out of the ground might not be what you thought you were putting in.
Last year I spent a lot of time trying to identify the things that came up out of the ground because though I had written labels and stuck them in the ground, they disappeared or washed off, and the ‘plan’ I’d used was lost somewhere between the allotment and my house.
I decided this year to do a series of ‘life cycle’ style posts, from seed to harvest. Obviously this only works with the things I’m planting myself, and it’s a work in progress as it’ll take a few months to get from seed to table, but it’s a place to start, which I’m looking forward to. It’s also a great guide for the children – they do life cycles of beans and sunflowers and butterflies, so here’s a more detailed study for them.
Once there’s fruit, and in many cases, even just flowers or leaves, it’s easy enough to identify a plant, but till then, I hope these will help you too!
The seedlings we’ve planted so far, and have started on, are:
3 Varieties of Sunflowers
Ivory Aubergine (Recipes)
Money Maker Tomatoes
Red Pepper (Recipes)
I’ll update the above with links as I publish the posts, and the posts themselves will be updated as the plants grow to harvest.