Flouting the “rules” to see what will happen

In previous years I have studiously followed the instructions on seed packets regarding the correct time to sow seeds.  This year I seem to be throwing caution and last year’s seed packets to the wind and starting things off really early.  It may be a recipe for disaster, but it may not.

Today I have sown seeds for a range of perennial brassicas and other greens including wild beet, perpetual spinach, sorrel, wild rocket, walking stick kale and Chinese kale.  My logic is simply that the existing perennial greens are beginning to sprout and “weeds” – although I am loath to use that term for wild plants – are starting to germinate in the garden.

There are still seeds left in the packs so even if this goes wrong I can sow more another day.  But fingers crossed that it works out.

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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