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Ahhh I loved reading this Claire. I started my growing from seed journey last year and have a tin full of them ready to go (patience is not my strong point!) so I have sowed some sweet peas and broad beans but that’s it. My potatoes are chitting nicely but the rest will have to wait a while!!! Wish I lived closer so I could do a walk with you! One day!

Happy weekend x

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I’m not so patient either Sarah but I made a promise to myself because it was too much last year. Although I have learnt an awful lot and think I was too hesitant in getting the hardier ones outside. That’s the joy though, the lessons we learn right? X

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Yes so true!! I think I can plant out my B-road beans and I’ve been hesitant but all the info says I can so 🤷‍♀️🤞🏻🤞🏻

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I find growing from seed quite stressful I’ve realised! I’m not sure what the reluctance is - I have planted the head of an old straw flower 🌸 we’ll see!

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It definitely can feel stressful Claire. I made a lot of work for myself last year but growing way too many of each variety. I’m been scissor happy and cut all my seed trays into smaller pieces so avoid temptation.

Perhaps the resistance comes from the fact seeds require a lot of “mothering” and you already have a lot of that on your plate? x

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Claire it is so lovely reading your gardening observations & pursuits from the southern hemisphere.

My veggie garden has become one of my biggest therapies through the past 12 months & oh the smugness when I get to pick things from said patch & incorporate them into a meal!! I feel virtuous & a bit clever all at once! 😂

The slowness is perfect for a busy overly frenetic brain & reading this caused me to think about doing more seed planting (as opposed to the quick fix seedling way). I am encouraged to do MORE seedling trays in prep for our winter garden after reading this article.

Thank you for bringing me some inner calm 🧡

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Oh thanks so much Tiffany. I’m pleased to have inspired you to approach seed sowing in a different way. I love listening to relaxing music as I sow, feels almost like a mediation.

Your veggie garden sounds fab. I’ve never grown veg before. I should give it a go at some point.

Have a great week ☺️🪴

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Ooh congratulations on becoming a student again! How exciting, can't wait to follow your progress (along with the gardens). Perhaps you will grow together... ;)

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Ah yes that’s the plan! Thank you x

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We are trying a meadow as well, but don't have the health to clear the grass in that way so have been sowing seeds in little patches among the grass. Just a few flowers last year, but they reseeded. So am hoping over time it will transform the tall grassy area into a wildflower meadow. As a bonus when we stopped mowing it we found volunteer tomatoes (we have never planted any!) Tiny little cherry tomatoes are also self seeding. They weren't part of my aesthetic vision, but my toddler loves them and I won't say no to free food. 😂

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This sounds amazing. We had no choice but to clear it as it was gravel! 😩

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Ah! Yes, well I am wishfully thinking how amazing it would be to clear the grass and give those flower seeds a fighting chance. 😂 We have running grass and it is very aggressive. It even tries to take over the flower beds.

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Have you tried adding yellow rattle? It feeds on the roots of grass and so will help to kill it off.

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Mar 25, 2023Liked by Claire Gardner

THIS--->

"I grew too much, too early and found caring for the seedlings to be quite a challenge."

I started a few hundred flowers last night. I'm sure it will be fine... LOL

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Haha love it. I’m sure they’ll be fine.

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