I have not been very good at posting here recently, but this does not mean I have been idle. Quite the opposite in fact. The recent warm weather has allowed me get on with getting the veg plot into shape with planting out some seedlings. This is the first batch that I had out hardening off ready for planting out:
I am trying starting off my parsnips in toilet roll tubes again, but this year I am trying planting them out earlier. What I found last year was that even though the seedlings may be small on top, the roots develop quickly, so it is important to get them in before the roots are too well developed.
Planting out can be an anxious time as it is inevitable that not all of them will survive the transition. From experience I found that it is better to plant out your strongest seedlings while continuing to look after whichever ones are left. That way you have some seedlings on the subs bench if any of your first team don't perform as expected.
Elsewhere on the plot some of the crops are coming along nicely, such as the shallots.....
Unfortunately the weeds are also growing. In particular some bindweed (which caused me major problems last year) has started to appear.
So, plenty to do then! With the lighter evenings I am hoping to do more planting out during this week so that most of the plot will already be in use. My main problem is that I am rapidly running out of space and I don't think that I am going to have space for everything I want to grow!
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