There were several different things that I wanted to sow, plant and transplant so this morning was spent in the cold greenhouse. I started a little late because I had lost my seeds. I forgot that I had put them into an old tin. I should get one of these commercial tins that are labelled SEEDS.
The first things that were planted were the potatoes. I have some Swift that are supposed to grow quickly. I planted them in fairly small pots mainly because I am using the larger pots to support the trays under the staging. (Using the large trays gives me another shelf to keep pots on.) The potatoes were planted into Gro Char multipurpose compost which contains both charcoal and mychorrhizal fungi among other things. As they get bigger, I will transplant them into the big pots. I am growing them as an example of a South American crop rather than to get a big yield so I think that my large pots will be big enough. I will keep these in the cold greenhouse because I do not want them to grow any faster than they would do normally.
Next to be sown were some more Aintree Phaseolus vulgaris. I thought that the show garden border would be 1 square metre but it turns out to be 3 metres square, which means that I will need more plants. Also, to be able to select the best plants, I will need a number of plants to choose from. This all goes to encouraging me to plant a lot more than I really need. I will put these in the heated greenhouse to bring them on so that they are at least flowering in June. I would like them to have some fruit on them too if possible but this is unlikely.
There was still some of the Gro Char general purpose compost left and the bag was torn so I decided to use it up by sowing the rest of the sweet peas.
Finally I pricked out the cabbages into a sectioned tray. I have no small pots left at all and will have to transplant into sectioned trays until I eventually plant out some of the vegetables in the allotments.
I am meeting the RHS people tomorrow to chat about the show garden; to see what is involved and consider whether I still want to take this on and to consider a design. I am the first to admit that I am not a very good designer so the whole process will be quite a challenge.
I also have to plant a tree, to demonstrate that I can, for my level 3 Practical Gardening Certificate. As I have three trees waiting to be planted, I will be waiting with bated breath for any feed back on my feeble attempt. It will be good to know whether the technique that I have been using over the past 50 years is up to scratch.
I also have to identify some seeds - something that I was quite interested in doing. However, it involves identifying things like conkers and acorns. I have to know the Latin name for them - but even so. (It is Aesculus hippocastanum and Quercus robur respectively.)
Completing the greenhouse work and after having another cup of tea, I started to do a little more pruning. I use the RHS 3dxu formula for pruning, which is as effective as any. It certainly makes me remember what to do. Remove dead, diseased and damaged then crossing branches and finally untypical foliage. However, just as I started so did the rain.
Rather than get soaked, I decided to come in and learn my seed ident.