Adventures in Small Scale Farming in an English Cottage Garden with Seasonal Tips and Recipes
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Greenhouse Seed Sowing, update
Just a note about what I'm sowing in the greenhouse. It's the busiest time for seed sowing, and this year I feel I'm quite late with everything because the weather has been so poor, and after the recent spell of reasonably warm days, as I speak it's back to freezing cold nights and stormy days again. Let's hope we get some more decent weather next week, so we gardeners can get on with outdoor preparations, but for now, in the shelter of my greenhouse I have sown lots of things in modules, this Rhubarb Chard, for example.
And a few globe artichokes, these are small ones designed to be eaten young and whole, Violetto Precoce.
A supply of baby salad leaves grown in modules, to make little plug plants which I will put out when they're big enough
and several drain pipes full of peas.
I like tall peas, because you get more peas per square foot of garden, and last year I grew Alderman and Telephone. One of them was ok and the other was superb in both flavour and production. Trouble is I lost the labels so I couldn't tell which was the good one so I'm having to grow both again this year. I will make doubly sure I don't lose the labels this time. If anyone has any experience of these varieties and can make recommendations I'd be grateful for any guidance.
And some first early potatoes, ready to be planted out this weekend, varieties Rocket, and International Kidney