End of March update!

I got my potato bed done and popped my earlies in the ground on 28 March – no sign of them yet, but hopefully they will show and not be a complete disaster!!

 

Here is an update on how everything else was doing at the end of March too:

I planted some courgettes (top 3 pics)
Broad beans starting to grow a bit more (middle 2 pics)Broccoli and Cabbage getting bigger too (bottom 2 pics)

update

So that’s my little update for the end of March.  Next post will be showing what it all looks like now (7 April) and some more seeds that I have planted etc…

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Potting Tomato Seedlings On and more..

Today I took my tomato seedlings in to the greenhouse to pot them on.  Potting on is what you need to do when your seedlings have grown too big for their initial cell/pot.  I chose 12 of the best seedlings and discarded the others, apart from two, which I have left in the greenhouse as an experiment to see if it is warm enough to put the rest of them out there.

My tomato seedlings are now nice and snug in some 3 inch pots of their own.  I only handled the seedlings by the leaves, I did not touch the stems, as that can damage the root system and stem.  The tomato seedlings were then brought back into the kitchen to keep warm.  You should not try to harden off plants on the same day as potting on, so I’ve heard!

I also took a look around the greenhouse to see what was happening.  And there was not much happening to be honest!  I moved my lettuce and coriander into my new mini greenhouse (which is now living inside my proper greenhouse) to give them some extra warmth.  I got the mini greenhouse as a mother’s day present from my little ones.

I then put a cloched hoop tunnel over my remaining seed trays (broccoli, cabbage, broad beans, garlic and leeks), and then put a cloche cover on top of that!  So they have two layers for warmth now.  Once some seedlings start to come through I will then decide whether to remove one layer.

So that’s it, an update on my garden.  All going to plan so far.  My hot peppers have started to come through, and so have my cucumbers.  My normal peppers have not come through at all yet! These are all living in my kitchen until it warms up a bit.

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More Potatoes Chitting Away

I went out yesterday, and although slightly later than planned, got some more potatoes to chit.  They are now in trays/recycled egg boxes on top of the kitchen cupboards and will hopefully sprout some shoots.

I have got the maincrop Maris Piper variety as I heard these do better than earlies.  I also have a few Charlotte variety.  Hope to see some shoots soon!

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Some pictures:

 

Tomato Seedlings and Chitting Potatoes!

Just a quick update to show you my tomato seedlings which look like they are doing very nicely.  Two have come up in each pot, with another two seedlings just making their way out of the soil.  Once they get big enough I will re-pot them and give them some more space to grow.  I think all my tomatoes will be living in the green house to keep them safe from bugs and bad weather.  But for now they are in my kitchen where it is warmer.

I also took a look at my potatoes (which I got free from a magazine) this morning to see if there were any shoots appearing and there are a few shoots on each spud!  These need to be left somewhere with natural light, not in the dark, and the shoots will gradually get bigger.  They will be ready to plant out in the spring.  I am going to buy some more as these were just some freebies, but they are worth doing too.

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Some pictures: