While were were away, the peas sown in modules at home all germinated, and they are now sitting in the large cloche on #146, where I hope they grow on quickly so I can plant them out. I do need to sort out their supports first though, as they are all
very tall varieties.
Lots of the sunflowers germinated, and the second sowing of sweetpeas are just popping up their heads. Disappointingly, very few of the pink cosmos grew, although there are plenty of white cupcake ones. I spotted a few self
sown seedlings at the plot this morning so I shall have to nurture these and hope they are pink.
There has been a bit of a sowing frenzy here. Tomatoes were first. I really don't know how I am going to house all the seedlings/young plants, but
somehow they will have to fit. Maybe by then all the trays of flowers can go into the cold frame. There are some very cold nights forecast in a week's time so they will not be moving just yet though. I have sown some extras for friends and family, more or
less as requested, and made a note of what is to whom too.. maybe I can move these on as small plants??
Here is the final selection, in an effort to have a good balance of fruit sizes and colours this year: Green Zebra, Oxheart, Reisetomate, Costoluto
Genovese, Summer Cider, Marmande, Moneymaker, Golden Sunrise, Sungella, Rosella, Chocolate Cherry, 11s & 1000s, Kibit's Ukranian, Yellow Pear and Crimson Crush.
Crimson Crush stood up well to Late Blight last year, and so will be grown outside,
with most of the others being under cover. A friend saved some seed from his plants last year and has generously shared these to see whether this second gerneration from and F1 cross retains this resistance. It'll be interesting to see, so thank you, Mike!
Then came the Cucumbers, which are in the propagator on the windowsill: Chinese Slangen and Poona Kheera for outdoors; Picklebush for gherkins, also outside, and Zeina and Diva for the greenhouse, with a single seed of Telegraph Improved that I discovered
in what I had thought was an empty packet.
Courgettes joined them. NO pattypans this year after last year's embarrassing excesses: Lungo Bianco, Coucourzella and Sure Thing. This last is parthogenic ie it develops fruits without needed pollination,
which is helpful. Two seeds of Giant Bolivian Achocha were planted as the small fruits were actually very tasty last year.