Sowing and Growing

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Things are starting to sprout. These are the broad beans, mangetout and peas in the greenhouse. I really should plant them in the ground, but I don’t think I will have time this weekend – hopefully they can wait until next week.

The brassicas in the greenhouse are looking good with brussel sprouts and savoy cabbage starting to grow.


I have planted some calabrese as well and need to get some cauliflowers in. I have never had much luck growing brassicas from seed and rely on getting tiny plants from friends (thank you Christine and Nathan) or the shop. However, this year I am trying again.

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I am also trying to grow celeriac from seed – this will be a first if I succeed. They are really spindly and it is hard to believe that robust, round celeriac roots come from these little things – hopefully.


The first seeding of leeks has started to show, but I really need to get on with some more …. at this time of year it seems that there is never enough time even though the evenings are getting longer

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Meanwhile inside the house the plants have taken over. I pricked out about 100 tomato plants  with Kainaat’s nonchalant supervision

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and now have a mini tomato forest in the spare bedroom.

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The first batch of cucumbers and peppers are doing well



but I still have more to plant. I have a plan to set up an indoor seed tray area in the old front porch on shelving with heat and light lamps. This is a task for next winter though – there are far more exciting projects afoot at the moment!

Only one aubergine and three tomatillo plants have made it so far so I will try another sowing.

I have also started sowing courgettes and squash and as if by magic this happened overnight


Onions and garlic are in, but potatoes are not. I keep telling myself it is still early but I worry that May will creep up on us and I will have forgotten about the corn, carrots, beetroot, chard, beans, kohlrabi and …….



4 responses to “Sowing and Growing

  1. Slow up Claire, you have plenty of time, you can be too early, well that is what I am telling myself, xx

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