Let 2014’s veggies get growing

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Well right on queue as I started planning for the garden, the snow came. Luckily we haven’t been hit in Musselburgh but coming home from Edinburgh on Friday I felt like Scott of the Antartic and it’s definately feeling quite nippy outdoors.

Not to be disheartened though, all I am doing just now is to get the tomatoes etc going before the weather improves and they go to live in the greenhouse. So we popped out today to Pentland plants which is our favourite nersery and garden suppliers and stocked up on the bits and pieces we would need for our veg beds.

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For just now I’ve got the tomatoes, courgettes, peas and beans in little plastic propagators on a shelf in the den so they have a safe, warm place to get a start in life. (The bit of paper sellotaped to the propagator is my list of what’s what)

We’ve decided that this year we are mostly going to stick with cherry tomatoes as we seemed to get a better yield from them. We do still have a couple of plum tomato plants for making pasta and pizza sauce.  So we’ve got red and yellow cherries and some red plum tomatoes.

We’ve also got yellow and green courgettes going because we got a better yield of green but liked the taste and texture of the yellow.

We’ll have to wait till July to see how it all works out but we’ll keep you updated as usual.

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We’ve also added a bit of fun with the potatoes this year. We found in previous years that Arran Victory do well here, so we’ve got a few of them chitting, we’ve added some Maris Piper to try these out and we’ve also gone with Charlotte salad potatoes just to see how things do.

Chitting potatoes

I’ve talked a little about chitting potatoes but I’m conscious that when I first started and Luke gave me potatoes and told me to chit them, I had no idea what he was on about and remember standing in the greenhouse googling things on my phone. So for those of you who may be feeling the same way, here is the skinny on “chitting yer tatties”.

Chitting – is the name for the process that encourages tubers to sprout before planting. To chit seed potatoes, place them side by side in a clean egg box or tray ‘rose end’ up (the end where tiny buds can be seen). Label the box with the potato variety and put in a cool light place for 4-6 weeks allowing the chits to develop. By putting them in a light place, the shoots will remain short, dark green and compact.

Want to know more about growing potatoes?

 

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