201 Greenhouse in May

So, having shown you the crème de la crème as far as greenhouses are concerned, here’s the 201 greenhouse (it’s at home, not 201, but we use it almost entirely to stock the allotment) with its less than organised contents.

You can see the first of the tomato plants that have been transplanted into their final pots in the bottom right-hand corner, and at the back of the greenhouse are our first earlies in pots and some carrots in a huge tub (which was a recycling box, but it split across the bottom so we’re re-recycling it!). There’s lettuce and basil, pepper seedlings, some rather spindly annual dahlias. We have purple-black ipomeas that will scramble up our arch, some chillies that are slowly but certainly making their way out of the sowing compost and our sweetcorn.

We had started hardening the sweetcorn off, but this cold snap would be too much for it – the bottom leaves started to yellow, which is a sign either of stress or nitrogen deficiency, so we gave it a pinch of a nitrogen-rich fertiliser and tucked it back into the greenhouse for a few more weeks.

Himself has been making cloches for the cabbages, because we lost all our cabbages to caterpillars last year, and I’ve been transplanting them into newspaper pots so that they can be planted straight into the ground without any further root disturbance.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

We used to make giant cloches for our sweetcorn - we needed them as we used to live in Derbyshire - from old clothes driers (this sort of thing http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bakaware-Clothes-Horse-3Fold-20in/dp/B000TAUKVA/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1272973793&sr=8-24). We would plant the sweetcorn directly in the ground after we had warmed the soil with black plastic as we found transplanting sweetcorn meant they sulked for a month. It was better to wait and plant directly than to plant earlier and then transplant. The cloches then protected them for quite a while

May 4, 2010 at 4:51 AM  

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