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I forgot the tomatoes. Put them in the airing cupboard to keep nice and warm and dark so they would germinate, checked them for the first couple of days and then – well, I forgot about them. So now they are tall, spindly and white instead of small, sturdy and green. Oh well, they’re out in the greenhouse now so should start to toughen up a little.

The first sugar pea is tentatively poking it’s nose out of the pot. Mind you it may well go back down again, the weather today has been foul.

The flowers I couldn’t remember the name of have germinated, despite the packet of seeds being about 3 years old. So now I will plant the rest of the motley selection I have and hope some of them are as hardy. Some of the packs are not dated but I know we’ve had them for at least 4 years, maybe more.

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Am sitting outside to write this, which means I can see everything and stand a chance of remembering what I’ve planted. Since the last post I’ve done quite a bit, taking advantage of the amazing spring weather. In fact it’s more like mid summer at the moment – more mid summer like than last mid summer was anyway. Tis roasting out here and I’m very glad that I painted the summerhouse with CoolGlas. Since then I’ve done the same to the mini greenhouse, although being shiny plastic it didn’t stick the way it should. It looks a bit odd, if you took a tiger’s stripes and mixed them with a leopard’s spots you’d come near to the way the paint has streaked and run. Actually, it’s not a problem, the shade it gives is dappled as if under trees, I like it and I think the plants do too.

In the greenhouse we now have the following:-

3 types of lettuce, 2 of which are almost ready to transplant into larger containers.

A tray of flower seeds, being given the 2 choices of which i wrote in the last post (the first seeds chose the second option and have been composted) can’t remember what these ones are, but the picture is pretty so I hope they choose to grow.

6 pots each of which will hopefully produce 2 sugar pea plants. My first attempt at growing these and I was inspired by thic Gloucestershire ones that did so well last year.

8 pots containing runner beans that were saved from last years bumper crop. Don’t know how they managed to survive all winter in the garage on a shelf, without being chucked in the compost bin – but they did. So I am expecting great things of them. All 8 of them. There were only 7 to start with, all from one pod and then I discovered another wizened specimen on the shelf. To be honest it was so pathetic looking that I nearly threw it away unopened, as it obviously had only one bean in it. At the last moment I relented and cracked the gnarled pod open to find the best bean of the lot. a veritable prince among beans (well among the beans I’d got anyway) it was twice the size of the others and beautifully plump and shiny. the picture of bean health in fact, I just hope it lives up to it’s promise.

The rest of the space is currently taken up by several containers of lettuce which I bought from the supermarket as a living salad. for 99p I decided I had nothing to lose by splitting them up and trying to grow them on. They were only transplanted yesterday so they still look a bit shell-shocked but I think they may well do ok. Amazingly and unlike most supermarket plants, they were well watered so are nice and healthy.

The strawberries in the hanging baskets are doing well. Even have a few flowers on. Oh boy the thought of fresh sweet strawberries is making me drool. We went to a pick your own farm last year, in the middle of the Leicestershire wilderness. The strawberries were fantastic, but unfortunately not organic. Still, I probably couldn’t afford them if they were. I ate nothing but strawberries and salad for about 4 days – roll on summer!

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Spring having sprung I’ve been out in the garden again. The urge to plant stuff has struck me.

The summer house is now painted with Coolglass and hopefully will be a nicer place during the long hot summer we are going to have – ho ho ho. I washed the mini greenhouse and it now has some lettuce seedlings growing away happily in it. I also planted a tray with pansies, but if any germinate it will be a miracle because the packet was about 5 years old. Well they have 2 choices……… I have a lot of other elderly packs of flower seeds that I intend to offer those same chances to before they hit the bin.

Last year’s strawberry plants are now divided into 3 hanging baskets instead of 2, with any luck that will mean a few more berries this year.

Inside the house I have another tray of lettuce seedlings that I planted over a week ago and are doing very nicely. So that’s 2 different types so far – 1 curly and 1 not. I have plans for a couple of other varieties as well, will list the names later.

So it’s a start anyway 🙂

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