More rain. The trouble is that I have to wait a day or two after rain for the soil to drain enough to work safely without damaging soil structure.
Most of my early planting seems to have paid off, though not by much, I think. Most of the seeds planted have come up, but are showing such slow progress that plantings made later are likely to catch them up.
I have in mind to start selling (organic) veggie seeds. I don't know of any organic seed suppliers in SA, and I love growing things all the way to seed. I usually have to make a conscious effort to rip out plants that have grown past their prime and "should" come out to make space for more productive crops, but I seldom have the heart for it.
Together with the many heirloom and unusual varieties I have, I think this could be a nice little income. And I love doing it, unlike my feelings about computing these days! I'll start small, especially since I have some varieties that cannot technically be called "organic" - I simply haven't grown them to seed for enough generations to satisfy purists. To me it smells of "politics and ego" when I get told that a variety has to have been grown organically for three generations before it can really be considered "organic seed". I suppose there really has to be a line drawn somewhere, especially since there are so many bullshit artists and fly-by-nights in the local organic scene, but it really is just arb.
I would love some feedback on this idea - what sort of vegetables, what varieties, quantities and pricing... especially from South African organic growers.