Pea Progress

The ‘Terrain’ late cropping peas and mangetout ‘Sweet Horizon’ that I was given to trial by Thompson & Morgan seem to be doing well in the greenhouse with plenty of flowers and pods that are starting to set. It’s all a bit of an experiment, but with the tomatoes finished, its worth giving them a go while the greenhouse is not needed for other things.
peas flowering
The sweetpeas that I sowed in Roottrainers earlier in October have now moved out into the cold frame where they will grow slowly over winter, developing strong root systems so that they eastablish quickly and easily when they are planted out next spring.peas in coldframe

Better By the Pound

The greenhouse tomatoes are coming to an end – but what an end with four giant Brandywines. I’ve just picked one to take to a friend and it weighs in at just over a pound. My best ever crop of this delicious variety. This year I planted direct into the greenhouse border rather than into grow bags and I think that’s why they did so well. Next year I would like to do this again, but rather than replace all the soil I’m going to add several bags of GroChar compost as the biochar should keep the plants disease free. Fingers crossed.brandywine tomato with 50p as a scale

Potting On

Potting On

newly rooted pelargoniums from cuttings
Every now and again I do manage to follow my own advice and get things done at the right time of year. Last autumn I took cuttings from my increasingly leggy scented pelargoniums and overwintered them in the greenhouse. Nearly all of them have rooted, so I have potted them on into their own pots so that they can get established before I need the space for seedlings. I’ve also cut their leggy parents right back, given them a soak and a liquid feed to encourage new growth – one way or another the garden will be very fragrant this summer.young cuttings potted on

Seed Sowing Successes

Seed Sowing Successes

Having the heated propagator in the greenhouse has made all the difference to my seed sowing. No more lanky seedlings grown on the kitchen windowsill. As soon as they have germinated, they come out of the propagator and onto the bench. After a few days there, they are moved into the coldframe where they will stay until they are ready to be pricked out into individual cells or planted out.

Sifted potting compost with added vermiculite

Sifted potting compost with added vermiculite

Freshly sown seeds in the propagator

Freshly sown seeds in the propagator

Newly germinated seedlings on the greenhouse bench

Newly germinated seedlings on the greenhouse bench

Growing on in the cold frame

Growing on in the cold frame