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baby red pepper plants

baby red pepper plants

Has been a fresh and blustery day. Hubby and me got up early-ish and headed out to the garden to get some bits and pieces done before the weather got nasty. I took the four plug pepper plants out of their little safe gel filled pots and moved them up a few sizes. I read somewhere recently that a good tip is to mix in all the gel from the plug pots with your potting compost as it will help retain moisture in the soil, so I did.
I have 6 small tomato seedlings that I am attempting to nurture. They were looking a bit wobbly in their wee Dobbies 6 pack so I decided to pot them up to individual pots with a stake in each. I have also added some organic fruit and veg feed which i scattered on top and then watered into the soil. They are all looking very droopy now, I’m hoping they are just knackered after their busy day but I guess we will see how they are tomorrow.

Knackered tomato plants

Knackered tomato plants

After all that potting, I had a quick rummage through my seed packets that are all lined up itching to get growing. Had a bit of a panic when I realised it’s March already and most things are good to go from now on! So filled an old planter with potting compost and planted some new lettuce leaves around the outside of it. This one is different to the Cos I planted before, it is called Lattuga Misticanza and it says it doesn’t transplant well so I think having some in it’s own pot will do it good. Also means I can get it growing in the plastic greenhouse just now while the weather is still chilly. I’ve been reading about using veg as decoration instead of flowers so decided to experiment by sowing some Carrot seeds in the centre of afore mentioned pot! The are funny carrots that grow into round balls, I’m sure we wont get many but 5 or 6 is enough for a wee side dish or good to go along with the lettuce leaves in a salad. So far it looks like this.

Carrot and lettuce in pot

Carrot and lettuce in pot

Have also tidied up the poor sweetpeas that had begun to look quite neglected in the greenhouse. Their seed was taken from my first ever set of sweetpeas grown last Summer. I made newspaper pots in the Autumn and planted around 8-10 seeds in the moist pots. Almost all have survived despite the cold and a random slug attack. They had got a bit moldy on the pots and top of soil so I have cleaned them up, added some more compost and added a small stake into each one to help them stand up a bit more. I pinched a couple of tops out last week and some have already started to offshoot from there. I think I’ll need to get some more seeds sown though as the slugs just love these so they might not go far once they are outdoors.
Used some leftover garden centre pots from last year to sow a few sweetcorn kernels, I’m using a supersweet variety, F1 Hybrid from Unwins, looks great but who knows what will happen. Apparently i have to plant them out into a block so they can pollinate each other properly so I will have to assess the space and see how many we can squeeze in, I imagine they will be pretty big when all grown up! I have planted 8 seeds so far maybe another 3 or 4 would be enough? Hmmm.

That is all today, I’m sitting in front of the fire keeping warm and dry and there is now heavy sleet coming down outside and very strong winds.

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