Friday, 11 April 2008
As promised, here are some piccies of my plastic-house and the contents therein! Yes, I'm fully aware that it's at somewhat of an angle but that's because the ground goes like that just there and I couldn't be bothered to try and level it. I've also had to tie it with string to two fenceposts so it doesn't blow over but I think, all in all, it works pretty well. As you can see, there are 4 shelves (although there's nothing on the bottom one yet) and you can roll up the zipped plastic front door-thing so it doesn't get too steamy in there. The idea, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, is to use this space hopefully to produce seedlings which can then be transplanted to my allotment when I've cleared enough space.
Things are going pretty well, all things considered. For example, here are my Carrot seedlings (on the left) and my Broccoli seedlings (on the right). I'm using those compost pots because, theoretically, one can put them straight into the ground but, of course, I didn't consider thinning them out and so, as you can see, there are quite a few little capsules that have 3 possibly viable broccoli seedlings in which I'll have to separate out and pot up individually later on.
These were all planted on 13 March 2008 so they've been going now for almost a month.
These are my Red Cabbage (back) and (early) Brussels Sprouts (front) seedlings. Again, there's 4 or 5 seedlings sprouting in each pot which means I'll have to separate them. As before, these were all sown on 13 March 2008.
The compost pots are a good idea, I think, but they do dry out very quickly.
Finally, these are my Parsnips (front) and yet more Brussels Sprouts (back). I'm surprised how easily the Sprouts have germinated - if they all continue I'm probably going to end up with about 35 Sprout plants! Too many for my plot so some will have to go to good homes. Similarly, I'm surprised how long it's taking the Parsnips to get a move on. They're only just now coming up and, like all the others, they were sown on 13 March 2008. You can see how dry the compost pots get.
I have other pots in the plastic-house but there's nothing showing yet. Does anyone know though if it takes Leeks an extraordinarily long time to germinate? I sowed about 30 seeds into 15 or so pots at the same time as everything else and so far absolutely nada, zilch, bupkiss. Are they just temperamental? Or have I cobblered it up somehow? Any suggestions would be most welcome....