qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Compost Woes

Well, the last of the annuals and herbs have been planted out today, before I go away on holiday. The reason it's taken so long is that, despite a fairly benign spring, the plants have generally been miniatures. I'm not sure what's gone wrong; I suspect the compost (Westland Earth Matters). It's worked fairly well as a seed compost, and I haven't had problems with damping off, but nothing has become root-bound in trays or pots, and it seems to me that it really hasn't had much in the way of nutients in it. (A quick search of Teh Interweb suggests that peat-free composts, which we're all encouraged to use, are still pretty inconsistent in their quality - certainly I've had good and bad experiences with them, though I think this year has been the worst. The trouble is that the garden centre keeps changing its stocks too, so even going back for one that was good isn't easy).

In other gardening news, I can't tell the difference between 'standard' and 'Thai' Basil this year, so either I sowed Thai Basil twice, or I've got a rather different variety than normal Basil. On the more obscure front, I'm trying out Savory and Costmary this year, as I've noticed both, particularly in my Roman cookery books I think, but it's not looking especially good for them at the moment. At least those plants look health, though tiny.
Tags: food, garden
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