Greenhouse growing in February

It’s all about germination right now. Looking back on last year, when we planted 50 pots of peas (that 150 pea seeds) and nearly all of them were in strong growth by the last week of February, I’m a bit shocked to realise that this year we’ve planted the same number of pots, but with only two seeds each, and several weeks later, so that today we only have a dozen pea seedlings, rather than the hundred plus that we had this time last year. And I’m trying not to panic about it, because actually, it got really difficult last spring to get all the pea seedlings in the ground in good order – the weather turned wet and nasty and so we ended up having mammoth planting sessions that were back-breaking and even then a few peas began to falter in their pots and had their growth checked. We said we’d start later this year and so we have … but it feels all wrong not to have vast acres (okay, vast square feet) of growth going on under glass!

The first of the leek seedlings have appeared – I always forget how miniscule they are for the first few days of life. We didn’t plant enough leeks last year, so I’m hoping that this year we can really get enough in the ground to carry us right through the winter.

Last year’s saved nasturtium seed has rotted off – very strange. I’ve never had that happen before.

Three tiny Nantes carrot seedlings have poked their heads through the compost in their container. They’ll be grown in the greenhouse in the ten inch deep pot they’ve been sown into, to give us very early fingerling carrots.

The picture has been drawn in the window of a neighbour's shed - can't work out if it's graffiti or bored half-term grandchildren getting creative!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, February 25, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

you are so lucky.....I don't have a greenhouse so as of yet have nothing planted.. :-(

February 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I didn't sow enough leeks last year either, I'm planning on rectifying that this year. I think the weather we're having at the moment is holding me back with sowing. I've got some seedlings through, but I haven't considered planting peas yet as there'll be nowhere to plant them out once they're ready. The allotment has been frozen solid, and today it's pouring down, so the allotment will be drenched again. I just can't predict when I'll get any digging done.

February 26, 2010 at 3:13 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya - it was my birthday present in 2008 - now I don't know how I managed without it (although it did take six months for himself to put it together for me)!

Jo - I'm not sure how many leeks is enough - I had sixty ... I'm very worried about digging too - normally I'd be putting my first earlies in next weekend but I haven't even managed to dig the manure in yet, let alone trench for the spuds.

March 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

I wish they'd do graffiti like that in New Zealand.

March 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

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