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Sweet Peas in a basket

My first attempt at growing sweet peas in a deep root trainer. These were sown at the end of January and lived on our (unheated) spare room windowsill for a while before being moved out to the cold frame. 

Most of them will be going in a narrow raised bed against the fence, with a trellis and netting for support but I wanted some to put in this basket so they can weave themselves round and up. Really can’t wait to have lovely scented sweet peas, one of my favourite flowers.

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Hard at work..

What a gorgeous day today, sunshine and warmth at last. All my seedlings went outside in the sunshine for a few hours and I’m hoping for great progress from them now! I have been trying to get organised enough to plant out the broad beans I’ve had growing in the cold frame over the winter and finally, today was the day!

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I’ve also planted some more broad beans in the row opposite so hopefully a staggered harvest will be ours later in the year. We need to put up some more canes and string – tomorrow’s job as I got sidetracked doing other things today. I’d also sown some cauliflowers last October and they have been sitting in the cold frame but not really looking too good – so let’s see how they get on in the raised beds. I’ve got them under the netting so hopefully they won’t get munched (see last year’s ‘Massacre of the Brassicas’!)

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I’m not very confident that they will do very well, but might as well give them a try, I’ve (just about) kept them alive since last year after all…

Other jobs today included putting some more erinaceous compost round the rhododendron in a big pot in the front garden as it was looking in need of some tlc, lots of weeding and I’ve sown some more stocks and leeks as well as another couple of cucumber seeds. 

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Hope it is sunny again tomorrow, lots more to do – need to get some salads going and try and rescue the surviving geranium and fuchsia plants that I’ve kept indoors over the winter.

Sow far, sow good..

Made a bit of progress yesterday, potted up most of the chilli seedlings and sowed some
coriander in two small pots – we use it a lot so I’m going to try and keep sowing little and often to keep us in stock. Also put 4 cucumber seeds in a pot – trying to balance my sowing a bit more than I managed last year. I also want to grow some Crystal Apple cucumbers, the little round ones, so don’t want to find myself with a glut!

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Also sowed leeks, marigolds, nasturtiums, stocks and mesembryanthemum as well as some more hot chillis. The dining room is beginning to fill up now, the shelving below had to go out into the garden while we had family round for Sunday roast but that worked out well as the rain watered them for me. Now back inside in the warm.

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That’s probably it now until next weekend, it is still dark when I get home from work so not much scope for gardening. Feels better to have taken another step towards summer though 🙂

Talking to plants..

They say that talking to your plants can help, so maybe all my impatient sighing about the slow progress of my chilli seeds has had an effect..

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That looks much better than last week, so I’m a bit happier now (still impatient though…) The tomatoes seedlings are coming along nicely too, a couple have wilted and given up the fight but most of them are still going strong.

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So that made me turn my attention to the sweet peas sown in my new deep root trainer. I did two batches but cleverly managed to mix up which variety went in which half – note to self – REMEMBER TO LABEL STUFF! So one half is doing very well, albeit going a bit leggy and the
other half not looking quite so healthy but getting there. I gingerly pinched out the leggy half, I always worry that I’m going to kill everything off doing ‘technical’ stuff like this but I’m gradually getting braver.

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So far, so good. I’m resisting sowing anything else just yet, but I think I will sort out all my seed packets this weekend and do a bit more planning – can’t wait to get out in the garden now,
I really want to be more organised than I managed to be last year when all the rain meant I didn’t get round to doing much at all until April so everything was really late.

Some lovely colours popping up in my pots and window boxes outside the back door too:

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Patience needed

I find the hardest thing about growing things is the waiting… and these chilli peppers are really trying my patience. I was on the verge of emptying the propagator and starting again – I still might if a few more don’t appear soon.

We were away for the weekend and before we left, I found this:

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At last, a sign of life – hopefully at least one chilli plant then! We got back home again this
afternoon and look what has popped up over the weekend:

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So I should at least have a couple of chilli plant seedlings to pot on – and now I know that they can take this long to appear I will try very hard to be a bit more patient! I’ve got some more seeds sown a couple of weeks later and I also put in some extra hot peppers a week ago so I’m hoping for a great harvest now. 

Hot, hot, hot…

Have had another go with sowing some chilli peppers as the ones I put in earlier don’t seem to be doing anything. Not sure if it is the seeds which were left over from last year, or if I’m
keeping them too hot/cold/dry/wet/dark/light… 

Bought these seeds when we were up at Batsford Arboretum at the weekend – hopefully we’ll get to find out if they are as hot as they claim to be…

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Tomato seedlings

Time for the next step – transplanted my tomato seedlings into little pots. I’m not entirely
confident of my ability to keep these alive and well until they are ready to go into
growbags/large pots in the greenhouse, but I’m giving it a go…

I’ve also sown some more chilli pepper seeds today. There is still no sign of life from the chilli seeds sown at the same time as these tomatoes so I fear they might not have made it – so I’ve started again, let’s see if today’s seeds can make it.

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Too early?

These are my tomato seeds, not looking too healthy yet, did I sow them too early? I’ve got them on the sill in front of the patio windows, maybe that’s not warm enough given the
weather we’ve been having. 

Really want to get out in the garden and have a tidy up of the raised beds, I’ve decided what I’m going to grow where, doing a bit of crop rotation between the three beds. Also need to
decide where to have my new (second-hand) greenhouse situated and get it put up. At the
moment though, although we’re very lucky not to be in one of the areas worst affected by floods, it has been too rainy and windy at the weekends and I don’t get home from work till 7.30/8pm so not out in the garden then!

I’m going to sort out my seeds later, but got some rugby to watch first…Image