People nowadays talk about cooking from scratch, it used to be called just cooking, as opposed to peeling back the film on a ready meal. It means cooking without assistance or any prepared ingredients, although someone once told me she was cooking me a meal from scratch whilst heating up what I could see was a prepared dish from Marks and Spencer.
Anyway I like gardening from scratch by which I mean I like raising my own plants from seed or cuttings. I’m not one for buying ready planted tubs or big mature specimens, I don’t need instant results. I’m also quite partial to a failing plant from the bargain bucket confident I can give it new life and buy it cheap. All my spider plants, and I have about 18 in pots and in the borders, are from one baby a friend gave me and I have lots of purple tradescantia from a cutting I stole from a hotel garden.
The seeds section in our agricultural store is a delight, I spend happy hours browsing while Mr FF is sourcing irrigation parts. One of my biggest successes last year was dahlias from seed. I didn’t expect them to flower the first year but most did, this year they are amazing and will be ready for division next year. The bees love them which makes dead heading tricky as they particularly relish the faded flowers which must be higher in pollen.
I was also lucky to find 10 days ago two yucca tops that had been pruned and thrown out. I checked on line and they root easily, mine seem to be doing ok, time will tell.
Generally we don’t grow our veggies from seed as we can buy a tray of 6 plug plants for just over a euro and this year since we were late arriving we wanted the plants as advanced as possible. They are cropping nicely and I think Mr FF is already sick of me cooking pasta and vegetables from scratch.