Monday, August 26, 2013

A MrFothergills package and a giveaway!

 I have been feeling rather blessed lately.  First the win from the garden competition, and then a package in the mail arrived from MrFothergills!   Hubby is a bit concerned about old MrFothergills, I pay him way too much attention.  He sends me lovely gifts though! :) Look what arrived in the mail!
 I have been hankering to try microgreens, and I got a lovely kit, with two different packages of seeds. Check out their range of sprouting and microgreens...  A while back I closely planted a bunch of lettuce seeds, and as they have been growing I have been picking the leaves.  They are so tender , and fresh, but very delicate.  This is a hydroponic system, and I couldn't wait to set it up.  I forsee some gourmet plates coming up in our future! This photo was taken after two days.. I see they have wheatgrass,,, mmm wonder if I should try growing that too?  I emailed and they said they were trialling the wheatgrass in the microgreens container, until now they have recommended growing it in a little soil.

I also like the look of their sprouter kit, and they have such a variety of different seeds to sprout .....  I remember years ago my mom had a sprouter kit just like this.  In fact she bought it at a garage sale while vising me in the USA and took it back to South Africa in her suitcase.  My Dad was not amused. 
In the package there were also some kits for kids, very timely, as we will be having the grands all of next weekend.  Luckily two packages and a  pizza kit - I have a little table set up so we will plant the pizza kit and their own seeds from the little gardeners seed kits  in pots as recommended. then they can be replanted into their own section of the garden.  
Oh yes!  another thing I have been wanting to try forever - soy beans (edamame).  Now I am not sure if these will grow if the rains come early, so I  planted a few seeds, and keep the rest until the wet season ends in the beginning of next year.   There are so many stories about commercially grown soy being GM modified that I like the idea of growing my own.  None of MrFothergills seeds are GM and a lot are organic.
I will start off some tigerella tomato seeds to plant into the wicking beds, but once again it may be too late in the season so I will save most of the seeds.  The wicking beds have not been tremendously successful, but I think it is because they took some settling in.  I would love to add some of my compost, but I am worried that I might introduce bacterial wilt which is a soilborne disease.  I was also speaking to my neighbor who also uses a lot of compost in her garden.  She said she added a bit of lime and that has improved her soil, so I am going to pick up some dolomite lime - I hear that is the best kind to use.  My little ph meter always reads the same, so instead of assuming it is right I am going to assume it is broken....
I also got some flower seeds.  I have a lot of shady areas in my garden, so think I might put these into a couple of pots for now so that I can move them around if they need more light.  I might also leave them until after the wet.
Now is probably a good time to update what I received in my last package:
these grass seeds are still available to anyone who would like them (Australia only - sorry)
Blue fescue.....................Green fountain...................Snowy woodrush    and bunny tails
I really liked the seed tape - the small plants do not have to be transplanted and the plants grew up strong and healthy.  The bok choy was very successful this year, and I have left some to flower so that I can save the seeds and plant again.  
Spinach and onion did not grow in my garden - I should have known better and given them away! 
 The calendula and dichondra that MrFothergills sent me have grown well and I am happy to have them as part of my garden. 
Check out misstownmouse - she has a giveaway of some vintage cloths, the koala tablecloth is awesome!  Get in quick as the giveaway ends on the 30th August.


18 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your recent win! How exciting for you. I see Mr. Fothergill's is keeping you very busy. Have fun!

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    1. Joyful,
      thank you, yes I am very blessed to keep receiving these packages.

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  2. Hi Gill,
    I just looked at all of the great seeds Mr Fothergill's has out now. Their range really has taken off. I was umming and arring over the bunny tails but didn't get them so I'd love a packet of those if you still have them.
    I did buy edamame and some new sunflowers and couldn't decide which sprouts or microgreens to pick.
    You're a lucky girl to be delivered such a great box of seeds and goodies.
    Tracy

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    1. Tracy,
      they really have taken off with their range, and their organic range seems to have increased as well. My grandkids love it when I get these kids packages. I am sending those seeds off this week. You sure seem to have lots more space than I do!

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  3. Mmm, I think maybe Mr AA might have some competition from old Mr Fothergill. Does Mr AA give you such lovely gifts?
    It all looks wonderfil, particularly, the little gardener kits. Your grands are lucky to have you to introduce them to the joy of growing things.

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    1. Roz,
      well yes I cant complain, Mr AA does give me lovely gifts too! Gardening is infectious and i think they might have caught the bug!

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  4. Mr. Fothergills has been very kind to you...enjoy planting and reaping all your new seeds.....looking forward to taking the journey with you.
    The sprouting kit looks very interesting, and I know it will be put to good use. After all it has been christened already!!!

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    1. Virginia,
      I was feeling in a bit of a slump gardening wise, and this has spurred me on! It didn't take me long to unwrap my gifts!

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  5. I didn't realize cress could be eaten so young; love it when it's full and green.

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    1. Thistle cove,
      It has come up very quickly, so I am looking forward to some cress sandwiches really soon.

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  6. It's fantastic that you're growing your own food. I think everyone should do that, and it looks like you got a fantastic selection of seeds. Mr Fothergills has been very good to you. The hydroponics looks easier that I thought; I'm always a bit worried about hydroponics and figure it's hard to grow vegies that way, but maybe I should give it a try. :)

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    1. Veronica,
      Well I don't think this is true hydroponics - just one step up from sprouts...

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  7. You could bake your compost in the oven to sterilise it. Can't remember the temp or time but I'm sure you could google it. Of course it does limit the quantity.

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    1. Audrey,
      Oh my hubby would move out if I did that! I think it would destroy all the goodies wouldn't it?

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  8. Oh wow! Is your hydroponic system home made or did you purchase it? I'd appreciate details as I've been thinking about it for some time but the set ups I've seen so far are quite elaborate. TIA.

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    1. Plant chaser,
      This is just a little kit from MrFothergills to grow the microgreens, not true hydroponics. You can see it on the their website.

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