It feels good to be back! Spring planting underway. 2019

Boy oh boy does it feels good to be back in the garden and getting things growing. We’re experiencing that sudden spring burst just now, which I love so much. Suddenly, it almost feels like it was overnight, there is colour in the garden again.

The sun is splitting the sky just now, although it is still cold., photos can be deceiving, but there was a day last week when the greenhouse was basking in 22C!!!!! I have to say, I am noticing a huge difference in having a proper, glass greenhouse, it builds and holds the heat so much better than my old polycarbonate one.

Speaking about the greenhouse, we have seeds planted, it’s great to see the greenhouse come alive, and I even rejoiced in the fact that it is now dirty!

So what do we have going, well… the usual. I’ve got my tomatoes planted. Going with Indigo Blue Cherry (my favourites), Sweet Millions (cause they give me sooooo many), San Marzano for flavour and Marmande because Kate has a soft spot for them. They are BIG, ugly beasts but taste fantastic on sandwiches and burgers etc.

We’ve also got our peppers and chillies. This year we are just going with two types of sweet peppers, California Wonder and Romano ( a longer, thinner style). I will still have the four plants going in the quadgrow though. Chillies, we are just doing Jalapeno this year. We’ve found that having more than a couple of chilli plants going is just too much and we are actually still eating frozen chillies form last year, even after we gave 4kg away. So just one plant this year.

Feel free to catch up on our adventures from previous years…

Lessons learned… I find carrots and beetroot take an age to get going for me, so this year I have sown them in root trainers in the greenhouse and I won’t actually put them out until they are a decent, strong looking seedling.

This also means I can do my secession planting this way, hopefully meaning I will get a better crop, but never fear we are sticking with our tried and trusted purple haze carrots. These have time and again been the best croppers for us.

Lastly, after the success of buying courgette plants last year and not growing from seed (they take up loads of space), we are doing this again, so come May, we should get some nice courgette plants in tthe mail and they can go in the beds. Hooray!!! Another wee change, last year was my first year with the enormous quadgrow plus and I struggled to find a use for it last year, so this year it will be my new herb planter 🙂 There are four large pots and a big salad bay, so can’t wait to get that planted up.

What’s that you say, you haven’t heard the story of the ENORMOUS box and the tiny gardener? Oh well let me up date you and you can have a good chuckle at me trying to do an unboxing of something which is bigger than me…

So all in all I am just a big ball of excitement just now, it feels so good to be back!

So now that I’ve given you all an update and even included some of the blogs and videos from the last few years to catch all our new readers up, I’ll eave you now to go out and get started on your own 2019 garden adventure with one last picture and one last thought…

I threw out a hole trug of seeds that were past their date. I know it is very tempting to buy loads, just in case… I have done this so I cannot judge, but just be aware of the wastage and cost. I threw away about £40 worth of seeds, most of which were unopened. A complete waste because I bought too much, so be sensible, buy as much as you think you will need and remember you can always buy more.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Aren’t greenhouses great? I get excited using mine as well, even after 3 years. Glad to see the paper pots still going – they are fab! It is great to make these up on a poor weather day – it feels like a bit of old school arts & crafts.

    I found a good use for old/unloved seed, which is do do some microgreens over the winter. This winter I used up excess chard, kale, pea and rocket seeds in old, leaky takeaway conatiners. The sprouts were all put to good use as add-ins to (blander) winter salads. And it let me feel like I was gardening during the doldrums 🙂 This may be worth considering in the future.

    Happy almost spring!

  2. Hey Lisa,
    I am with you – I LOVE my greenhouse and I am sooo glad we got our new shiny, glass one. Living in Scotland it really does make such a difference. Right now, he greenhouse is saying its 29C and the windows and autovents have kicked in and opened…. It’s only 8C outside!!!

    I have been slowly using up old seeds like this as well, but I’m now at the point of things being 5 years out of date LOL, might explain some of the poor cropping I’ve had.

    Paper pots are still going although it is not one of my favourite jobs to be honest, I’m also reusing plastic pots from anything we’ve bought as well. It scares me now to think about how much plastic we wasted in the beginning.

  3. Hi Eli, so delighted to find someone with a similar climate and a greenhouse. This is my first year trying to start veg seeds off under cover and also the very first time trying out a propagator. So far I have tomato seedlings germinated successfully and now on a sunny window sill. Could I please ask for your advice. I don’t think they get enough light and ideally I’d like to use the greenhouse. It gets very cold at night. How therefore do you use a propagator out there? I have no thermostat on mine alas. I take it you would have power off and lid off by day? However what do you do at night? I’m terrified of killing seedlings by damping off etc. Sorry if this seems “dumb” but your set up seems potentially so similar to mine in “sunny” Ireland that I had to ask. I will be copying you closely this year lol. Many thanks in advance, Annie

  4. Hi again Annie,
    hmmm I’m sorry to disappoint but I don’t actually have heated propagators or heating in the greenhouse at all.

    As I mentioned in reply to your previous comment, I used to plant up on warm window ledges to get a big ahead of the game, but found quite often we’d end up with leggy seedlings as they desperately tried to find the light. Even in a bright room and a bright window ledge, the light is only coming from one direction so the seeds desperately reach out to it to try to get more light. Now I just wait a little bit for the weather to heat up and then plant up in propagators in my greenhouse. I don’t have heated ones so I am at the mercy of the weather a bit, but I have been known to sow into a propagator and put that propagator inside a bigger propagator in the greenhouse . Needs must sometimes.

    If you are worried about moving seedlings from heated areas to the greenhouse just take it gradual :), maybe move them for a few hours during the day, then whole days and then once they are a little bit more acclimatised, leave them over night. Although the cold of the night will be a factor, you don’t have to worry about frost etc. I find seedlings are hardier than we think and as long as we break things in gently it’s usually ok.

    Good luck,
    Eli

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