Sowing our early Midnight courgettes

For the last couple of years, we've done an extra early sowing of courgettes that we've grown under cover until it's warm enough to place them outside. This year is no exception, so our Midnight courgettes were sown on 6 March. As usual with cucurbits like courgettes, we sowed the seeds on their edge to... Continue Reading →

Pricking out some of our tomatoes, and sowing a few more varieties!

It didn't take our initial sowing of tomatoes long to germinate - under a week in fact! Here, we're pricking some of the Pink Honeymoon out into cell trays. Unfortunately these had got slightly leggy waiting for us to get to Mum and Dad's to prick them out at the weekend, but fear not, we... Continue Reading →

More success with the Little Gem lettuces the second time round!

We're going to assume that we were right about the first packet of Little Gem seeds no longer being viable, as we sowed these ones in exactly the same way and the germination rate (as you can see!) is much, much better! Therefore last weekend, we pricked the seedlings out into the below cell tray... Continue Reading →

Pricking out the Tasty King cucumbers

Last weekend, our Tasty King cucumbers needed pricking out. Firstly we prepared the pots. These are 3" square pots which we half filled with multipurpose compost. An addition we made to the compost was perlite. This can be added to compost to improve drainage as perlite is very porous and can soak up excess water.... Continue Reading →

The peppers needed pricking out

Last weekend, some of our peppers needed pricking out. For those of you totally new to growing, "pricking out" is the term used for transplanting recently germinated seedlings into their first pot or cell tray. After this, it is typically referred to as "potting on" or "planting out" depending on whether you're upgrading the plant's... Continue Reading →

Update on our Easter cucurbit sowings

It doesn't take courgettes and cucumbers long to germinate. As with our pak choi seedlings, these are pricked out into 3" pots in multipurpose compost. The plants will grow on in these pots until they are ready to plant out. These will need to be kept under glass until the risk of frost has passed,... Continue Reading →

Our first update on the tomatoes and courgettes

We sowed a number of varieties of tomatoes and some Midnight courgettes on 7 March. Below are some photos showing their progress by 14 March. It goes to show that although the plants themselves may take a little while to produce a fruit, it doesn't take long before they get moving and it's fun to... Continue Reading →

Pricking out the container courgettes

It wasn't long before the courgettes were ready to be pricked out. The Midnight were ready first, so they got pricked out. The original Sunstripe we sowed rotted off unfortunately, so we sowed a couple more and one of those came, so that's been pricked out now, albeit a few days later. This is the two Midnight before we... Continue Reading →

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