yesterday i filched a pile of twisted hazel cuttings on my travels , then came in crawled into bed and gave into to my lousy snotty cold virus, trouble is i them woke up at 1am dying for a cup of tea so ive guzzled that and a lemsip think i will go back to bed soon ,a unheated house is no fun on a frosty night
Mine's been repaired again, so I've also been with-out heating & hot water, it takes forever to get house warmed through again, especially when you're feeling unwell.
Keep warm, if you can! Know the feeling only too well!
I've got layers of clothes on, a cuppa besides me, hot water bottle on my back, fleece blanket wrapped around me & I'm still cold…..
Wishing you a speedy recovery, thinking of you, Odelle.
Getting back on track here, I am not going to plant anything just yet. I got a whole load of seeds in this week from The Real Seed company and Plants of Distinction ( never used this one before, but wanted the tomatoes Fiona mentioned on the Blog and then of course got carried away!!!!!!!).
I need to wait much longer than the folks down south, even with my polytunnel. Might get some peppers going indoors soon though.
In a weird gesture of faith ive filled one of the empty coldframes with broad beans , ive noticed the weeds are starting to sprout in there so it must be worth a go , for the first time ever ive not managed to overwinter any of my broad beans so im feeling a bit desperate . plus ive noticed a lot of stuff is sprouting so its time for herbaceous cuttings ready for the car boot season
I assume by overwintering, what Kayerunrig means is planting beans in Nov/Dec and then you overwinter the seedlings? – never tried it, but it's supposed to give them a head start.
I potted up some more of the strawberry runners today and they are now in the polytunnel, really want to start on my seeds, might start off some chillis on the spare bedroom window sill, do you think it's too early to start on the tomatoes yet?
In previous year I planted broad beans around nov/dec but they didn't appear for several months, not much ahead of ones I planted in february. My broad bean harvest has never been that successful though, so I won't claim my experiences are in anyway typical.
I've planted some basil seeds, in pots on the front room windowsill. A few of the shoots appeared then died off so the room might still be getting a bit cold for them, so I might wait another month or so before planting anything else.
I potted five tubs of chilli seeds today, but they will stay indoors for the time being. I'm not going to start tomatoes just yet.
I bought some microgreens and peashoots from Suttons for growing indoors, so I will plant some of these tomorrow. Haven't grown these before, so am hoping for success.
I celebrated the first day of spring by sowing spinach beet, pak choi, land cress, corn salad and three sorts of tomatoes. They'll sit indoors in the warm until they're up and sturdy enough to go in the cold greenhouse, to be ready to plant out as soon as the weather is kind enough.
I bought some microgreens and peashoots
I've got plenty of weeds to contend with though, not a lot stops them.
We share our passion for tomatoes, so will have to be planting some to put up on the window-sills.
Well done ladies, lots going on already, I will also try pack choi sounds good, maybe I will be able to get some mung beans too.
On Thursday we went to a city called Plevin where a bee fare was being held, 100s of people wonderful to see so many bee enthusiasts. We arent bee keepers we have friends that have maybe 70 hives, so we tagged along with them. It was wonderful to see growers selling shrubs etc which aid the bumble bee!
Im getting to the bit where we bought 2 laburnum trees, 2 Amorpha, 1 Judas tree and 1 Albecia, all for 23leva ( around £11 POUND, iM SO EXCITED!)
I havent planted them yet, I will wait a few weeks but Im looking forward to seeing the Judas tree grow.
In heated propagator peppers,aubergine, cuecumber , lettuce plus some flowers already have some Toms up ,free seeds, hoping to get some early ones I'm fed up trying to eat squash balls , probably have to heat the greenhouse tho..
Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)
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