I had hoped to add some new crops to my winter garden. Last year I had a successful crop of red and white onions, as well as some garlic and I wanted to replicate this success, but with a few added treats for an early harvest next year.
I read up on vegetables to sow late in the year and opted for some winter cabbage. I ordered it from an online seed company, one I had used before and has a good reputation. It took a while for the seeds to arrive and, when they did, it was a few weeks until I had time to sow them.
I decided to put a sow a fairly substantial crop. I started with 24 seeds in individual stations, watered them and placed them on a shelf in my greenhouse—the first week past, then the second and still nothing by the third week. I had expected a few to be showing signs of life, but none of the seeds had germinated.
It was still warm, so I could not understand why the cabbage, a winter variety, had not germinated. I tried sowing for a second time, but this time I put the tray on my heated bed and turned it on. I wondered if the night temperatures were confusing the seeds and a consistent temperature may be required.
After another 2 weeks, a few of the seeds germinated. Five small plants pushed their heads out of the compost, and things looked promising for a short while. Then disaster hit. A random hot day resulted in four of the small plants wilting and dying despite my desperate attempts to revive them.
So I am now left with one. Only one small plant out of 48 seeds have made it this far. It seems to be doing ok, and I hope to enjoy it early next year, but things have not turned out as I had expected.