Starting Sowing!

It’s that time of year again, when you start rummaging through old boxes full of seed packets, draw up complex spreadsheets to work out how to work through 50 different seed packets using only one heated and one unheated propagator.

This year at least I’m not constrained by an impending holiday, so I could start things off at a reasonably sensible time. Our heated propagator is now filled with tomato, chilli and other wonders:

  • Sungold Tomato
  • Black Krim Tomato
  • Tigerella Tomao
  • Sweet Aji Chilli
  • Chocolate Habanero Chilli
  • Orange Bell Sweet Pepper
  • Black Beauty Aubergine
  • Cape Gooseberry

At the same time, some red onions (Long Red Florence) are starting out in our unheated one.

A few weeks ago we also picked up our seed potatoes; these are starting to chit, so at least for the second earlies I’ll have to sort out somewhere to plant them:

  • Yukon Gold (second early) – 4 tubers
  • Ratte (second early) – 8 tubers
  • Pentland Crown (main crop) – 21 tubers
  • Desiree (main crop) – 16 tubers

As always, these came from Ayletts, our favourite local nursery who still do their fantastic ‘pick and mix’ style seed potatoes. We filled a £3.50 bag with that lot, which in my book is excellent value.

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