If you're like me, which I suspect a number of people that read this blog are, you're sowing and growing plants at this time of year, ad infinitum (well for these spring months anyway). And as we go through the cycle of sowing, pricking out and growing each batch, the inevitable happens - we run out of space. Well, this saturation point has happened here, and there has been more than a comment or two from others about sharing the space. In addition, with the spring being so cool, with another cold snap expected, the end is not quite yet in sight for this conundrum. So there has been discussions on 'too many plants indoors', 'plants getting in the way', etc. particularly in the evening when I bring in the ones I'm hardening off, to protect from cold and frosts. On teenager asked 'why can't they be moved outdoors and left there'. In fact there was a funny pause when one of these points was being raised by the Other Half, where she then stated 'it's like this every year, isn't it?'.
Yes, it sure is ... Lol
So thank goodness for Sir Alan Titchmarsh, who gave his gardening tip on Saturday morning Lyric FM show, to wait 2-3 weeks to plant out tender plants, that it's simply too early. This helped my point no end, particularly when it was said on the radio, it must be right ... Lol.The reality is that if plants were to be moved out this week, with temperatures expected to go below zero degrees Celsius, they would not last, particularly the more tender ones or seedlings that have not been hardend off. So, we'll have to persist for a couple of more weeks with the status quo. Mind you, I can't wait for the warmth to kick in, as I've grown not only a variety of vegetable and salad seeds, but also some nice flower seeds too, which will encourage bees and other insects. I got my inspiration from the number of trips to the Botanic Gardens and seeing what they do in their production/ vegetable garden.
So thank goodness for Sir Alan Titchmarsh ...
In fact, I'm changing from calling this part of my garden the 'production garden' to the 'potager' as it more accurately describes what I'm doing this year.
|Chitted sweet corn seeds|
|Un-chitted sweet corn seed|