As seems often to be the case the germination process so far hasn’t been a total success – well for me anyway.
So as it stands I have seedlings as follows:
3 San Marzano, 3 Yellow Perfection, 1 Cherry Cascade (plus a second rather weak one) and 3 Adam F1. – All would have had 4 seeds in the pots.
No Gardeners Delight or Garnet so far at least.
2 De Cayenne and 1 Jalapeno but no Robertina so far
I did also sow some calabrese in a pot as well but no show so far.
Of the flowers there are Gazania & dwarf Cosmos through, sown in trays but no Nicotiana so far. Also, sweet peas in a pot, none. In the greenhouse some of the red sunflowers are through but none of the other flowers so far.
In the greenhouse as well there are ‘salad leaves’ through in pots and trays. Mangetout peas are mostly appearing and some are ready to put into the bed earmarked for them. There are also a few pots of broad beans waiting to go out, and there are enough now to really fill the broad bean bed up.
Two cucumbers are through and big enough to take out from under their cover but no sign of the cornichon yet.
As a result of the rather disappointing state of play I have been through another spate of sowing – this is what I’ve sown:
Sunflower – ‘teddy bear’
Dwarf Bean – ‘tendergreen’ & ‘safari’. Four or five in a large pot
Climbing Bean – ‘vitalis’. Four in a pot
Tomatoes – ‘herzeuer’, ‘giulietta’, ‘red cherry’. Again four in a pot
Pepper – ‘california wonder’
I still need to plant some more dwarf & climbing beans.
I just hope I get more tomato seedlings from the sowings as there will be little chance of buying in any seedlings this year.
All the more important since I manage to obtain some more growbags the other day – delivered to me from a garden centre and I will need to fill them up!
The broad bean bed is looking pretty good though – only s few more needed to fill it up
Here are some of the laggard broad beans – still in the greenhouse.
In the ‘salad’ bed the short row of salad leaves is showing shoots and there seem to be one or two lollo rosso lettuce shoots but no sign of the kohn rabi.
I’ve added a short row of spring onion seeds yesterday. Plus I’ve sowed carrot seeds in the containers I’ve used before, one has ‘chantenay’ the other ‘rainbow mixed’.
All the sunny weather we are having at the moment means working in the greenhouse is best done in the morning or early evening when it is cooler as temperatures have been well into the 30’s and of course some of the plants in pots and containers need watering – a contrast with a few weeks ago when everything was constantly wet.
Meanwhile, one of the blackbirds, a male has been virtually at my feet while I’ve been working on clearing the last of the weedy raised beds desperate to find food and carrying it all off in it’s beak so there are some chicks nearby that need feeding!