This blog posting has taken a few weeks to happen, but at last I can report on a magnificent failure, plus two very satisfactory little successes.
Projectionist! The failure slide first, please...
|Here's the punnet of micro radishes, cute and fresh little|
zingers which are nice tossed into a garden salad.
|Plucked from their punnet they sit in their own|
little pot of growing medium, which is kind of
like compacted cotton wool, sort of.
However, I didn't collapse into a funk of despondence, because at the same time I was tasting bitter (or, more accurately, peppery) defeat with the radishes, I was also savouring some, well ... savoury success. The coriander and chervil experiments have turned out quite nicely.
|At $1.49, my chervil sprouts are cheaper than nursery|
seedlings. More usually they're $2.98 a pop, which is still OK.
|The potted chervil is belting along, loving the deluge of rain|
which has soaked all of Sydney to its sandstone bones.
|Ditto, the coriander sprouts, they're doing well too.|
|The chervil sprouts look great in the punnet. You can see some|
long, thin black chervil seeds still attached here and there.
|Here's how that single clump looked after being divided up|
and planted out. The next trick is simply to keep the sprouts
watered. Some Seasol or Eco-Seaweed once a week is also
a good idea, as these solutions encourage roots to grow.
|It's the same story with the coriander.|
|It's the same story with the coriander. Just|
divide the punnet into several clumps, not
individual seedlings, then plant them out.
Water often, seaweed solution weekly.
And chervil loves winters here, too. It's also one of the better herbs for growing in part shade or at least gardens that don't get a full day of sunshine (which is the case in many inner-city gardens).
At the prices the supermarket is asking for these mini sprouts, this way of growing them is easier than seed and cheaper than nursery-bought seedlings. Good luck!