Monday, March 2, 2009
I have my computer all to myself! Youngest son is not on playing a computer game, the two students are not catching up with their friends on Facebook etc and Google is operating normally. I have spent some ME time replying to emails and visiting my favourite blogs to see what everyone has been up to.
I had to move my mini greenhouse outdoors last week and I put everything out as they were and covered it with bubble wrap.Sunday afternoon was mild and sunny for a couple of hours so I unwrapped it. Everything had survived the move except the Lupins, only one was upright. I still lots of seeds left so I can replant them.I spent the time repotting the tomato plants. I took 5 or 6 of the strongest plants from each seed tray and replanted them in fresh compost in individual pots, up to their necks again. It worked the last time and I have since read that when transplanting tomatoes to cover them up to the bottom set of leaves each time they are moved in to a larger pot as it encourages more roots to develop to support the plant as it gets bigger.
The tomato plants in their single pots and the sunflowers grew second leaves since the move outside so they and the peas have now been staked. I did not discard the rest of the tomato plants just in case the ones I selected have any mishap!They are still in trays on the bottom.I have a bag of compost on the bottom shelf to anchor down the greenhouse in case of march winds arriving.
Everything was watered and I recovered the whole thing with the bubble wrap again.The condensation by day should keep everything moist for another few days.I checked this morning as we had some frost last night but everything looks healthy so far.
I bought this greenhouse in B&Q a few weeks ago but I see Aldi have a bigger walk in one coming on sale on Thursday quite reasonably priced.
We had a veg growing workshop in the allotments on Sat and Sun afternoon but I was not able to attend as both students arrived at the time they were being held! Kathryn went on Sat and has 4 pages of notes taken so we will go over them and see what applies to us.I did go out to the plots for a few minutes yesterday but only to collect pots I needed for the transplanting.I met 2 new plot holders, both young people who are interested in organic and herb growing and full of enthusiasm for digging!Long may it last.