Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
This morning saw the first seeds of the year being sown. I've sown some Corno di Toro Rosso peppers and some Bedfordshire Champion onions. They both need a long growing season so I wanted to get them sown early. The peppers are a long variety which I've grown before. I've started them off in a heated propagator as they require a little heat to get going. I'm hoping that I can manage to keep them from growing leggy, which is a problem when starting things off early because of the low light levels, but I shall start some more off at a later date too, just as an insurance policy. I've sown forty onions, but I'm going to be growing some from sets too, as well as shallots, so I don't want to start too many off from seed. They didn't do well at all last year, so I'm hoping that I can do better this time.
My propagator is a Super 7 Propagator, which is designed to fit on a windowsill. It holds seven quarter size seed trays with vented covers. I actually have two of these propagators, but I've been thinking of putting a different type of propagator on my wish list. I like the Super 7, but it's not ideal if you're wanting to grow large amounts of something, and it's not very adaptable. I'm thinking of getting one where the lid covers the heated base rather than individual trays, so that I'm able to start things off in different sized pots or trays.
Now that the seed sowing has started, I really need to sort out everything I'll be growing this year. I have a box which is divided up in to monthly sections, and I file the seed packets according to the month they need to be sown. It helps me to remember what to sow and when. I like systems which help me to stay organised.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.