Old seeds grew good

Old seeds grew good


Ruth Picken


I am on the vulnerable list so am shielding. I couldn’t get to the supermarket or go anywhere. I don’t really have a very big garden, in fact it’s only the size of a handkerchief!! But I did decide I’d like to grow something that would keep me occupied. One of my friends said that she had some seeds I could have, so she sent them up from Bournemouth – I hadn’t realised the packets dated back until 2013!!

I planted the seeds in little pots and in all honesty because they were out of date, I didn’t expect them to grow – but they did. I had them on my windowsill in the bedroom to get the sun, they needed a lot of water but Ive really enjoyed seeing them grow, everyday I check them. When I cut my first lettuce leaves for a salad, I was so happy, shame my tomatoes aren’t ready yet.

When I was a kid, we grew all our own food, it doesn’t happen now which is sad. When they lifted lockdown and you saw all the pictures on the beeches and parks of all the rubbish it made me so angry. I don’t understand why people don’t care. I’m going to keep trying to grow veg and fruit in pots – it gives me something to do and I find it very rewarding.