I am delighted by these Tropaeolum seedlings, they have germinated really easily in the greenhouse. Although only a week old they have their trademark leaves which to my eye resemble paint palettes. I absolutely love seeing these plants dotted around the garden in the summer. Their warm mixed colours and scrambling habit add a beautiful charm to any garden. Both beautiful and delicious to eat, the flowers look absolutely stunning in summer salads.

There is lots happening in the greenhouse just now and other seedlings are popping up their heads out of the seedling mix. It is a very exciting time and there is still so much to do. This year I am using an organic peat-free compost made from 100% recycled domestic green waste and these Tropaeolum seedlings are the first batch of seedlings to be potted up into it. I am very impressed so far and shall report on it in a few more weeks as I pot up other seedlings and all have grown on a bit in this new medium. Do remember to add grit to your mix when using compost this does help the young plant’s growing roots to spread out and down inside the pot.

What seedlings do you have growing? I would love to hear from you so do please leave me a reply. Oh what a fun time spring-time is!

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme in your garden, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773. Always happy to answer gardening questions if I can or steer you towards resources. Happy gardening!