Pottering with pots

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It is meant to Spring. Yet, we have the white stuff again.

With the Easter break, I had anticipated transplanting beans and planting potatoes. That will not be happening due to the inclement weather. A third and final sowing of chillis and peppers has been made. But this will a window sill venture, as I am now fed up a little of the heated propogater. There were however ten baby seedlings that have survived from the first sowing. Covered and sat on a sunny warm window sill, it will be interesting to see if anything germinates. There are eleven different varieties. Nigel’s outdoor chilli-seeds were kindly donated by a GYO magazine grape-as well as interestingly named mammoth sweet peppers. One that I am trying again, is sweet mini red peppers. I have never had any success with those at all. There are quite a few rainbow chillies actually. One variety that is a brightly coloured variety, another one is purple rainbow variety

All in all, 57 seeds were sown into small yogurt pots with a hole in the bottom. I have sown three to a pot, which yes is quite a few. My defence is that in the past, I have had nice crops from chillies in cramped conditions. Less so, with sparsely grown ones.

Tomatos don’t half whiff. They really do. It’s an altogether distinctive smell. They are still sat there, occasionally going a bit purple. But mostly growing quite happily. I couldn’t tell you the varieties, I didn’t label them. Having pricked them out of a module tray, I wasn’t sure they’d work. Seem to be okay for the moment.

Leeks are getting further wiry, not yet pencil thick. But looking reasonably well. They do tend to keel over a little though, when dehydrated.

Will remain pottering.

Yours in anticipation,

Horticultural Hobbit

Blizzards in Blighty…Again!

‘March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb.’

I can believe that!

With the snow departing the East Coast of America, it has now arrived on our shores. We had experienced a dry patch, that segued by a bit of damp; has become yet another snowy patch.

With the Channel Islands all but shut, Middle England has experienced some snow flurries and the odd blizzard. The sense of spring arriving has been quickly displaced, the radiators have been switched on again. Mr.Sunshine has temporarily gone on holiday.

This probably means damp squidgy clay, the stuff that sticks to your wellingtons. Not easy to dig over or play with generally. The bulbs are probably more than a bit confused.

I do hope it leaves like a lamb. There will be potatoes to plant, beans too.

Here’s hoping,

Yours in anticipation,

Horticultural Hobbit

Waiting in the windows

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As the weather turns on its head, there are still many things lurking with intent on the window sills.

The broadbeans are still there, getting taller. Purely as the weather is having a tantrum. Watered daily, they are being monitored closely. I intend to make further sowings later, after the Easter holidays. By which time further paper pots will be made. Allowing sowings of dwarf French beans and runner beans to be sown.

The tomatoes are sat there too, having grown leggy in modules. Being transplanted, they sulked and they pouted. They remain in that state.

The Lyon 2 prize winner leeks are still standing. Just. These are also being watered, in their up, down, shake it all about state.

In other news, desert the cactus is flowering. Beautiful red bloom.

Yours in anticipation,

Horticultural hobbit