Put down the cress and step away from the kitchen
About six weeks ago i had this great idea to get the kids planting seeds. They had a great time planting and watering and have been avidly watching their seedlings rapidly grow. However about a fortnight we had a problem. The seedlings (newly replanted into rather a lot of pots) were ready to go outside, but rather than the weather getting better it actually got colder!! A couple of days we actually had snow ... in March!!
So here we are in April - and the seedlings (rapidly getting past seedling size and into full grown plant size) are still in my kitchen. In fact there is not a lot of kitchen that isnt covered in plants. We have sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies and calendula in big terracotta pots, small plastic pots and seed trays. They all need re-potting again and i dont have the time, space (or pots!) to do it.
In addition to all of that lot the boys came home from playgroup a week ago with a pot of cress seeds each - which have grown into the into lovely sprigs of the hottest, peppery cress i have ever tasted. It is so spicy that the boys will only eat one piece at a time so at that rate they are going to be eating it until sometime around Christmas!!!
In desperation i started hardening off the seedlings on Sunday - putting them all outside in the morning and bringing them back in at night! - but to be honest it is still a bit cold and the sunflowers especially are not happy about being outside. Today it is blowing a gale and they are all lying down instead of standing up! If they make it to the weekend it will be a small miracle and i have just checked the weather forecast and it looks like much the same for the next week. Oh well.
I think that next year i will stick to something a bit simpler - i hear grass is nice.
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