Saturday, 7 June 2014

Potting on: Lessons learnt from seedling transfers

I think that I made a couple of mistakes this year in my naivete and general gung-ho enthusiasm to get the garden up and running as fast as possible.

1. I planted far too many seeds. I ordered goodness knows how many packets of seeds and therefore ended up with so many seedlings that there's no way that my tiny urban patio garden could possibly fit them all in. This was especially true when it came to tomatoes. I estimate that I had something like 40 tomato seedlings ready to be planted on, but my mini greenhouse will only take about 20 large pots. So the question was whether to pit them on to pots that will restrict their growth or to simply prick out the seedlings and know to be more sensible (and restrained!) next year. I went for the latter course of action. I also think that I need to keep various other lessons in mind. 


2. Planting sweet peppers in pots in England: I planted out my peppers (in my hacked IKEA storage baskets) far too early for them to really thrive in England. As a result they're nowhere near as large as I would usually have hoped by this point in the. Next year I will keep them in the greenhouse until they're quite a bit larger.


3. I took on so many projects that some of them suffered for lack of time. The beans and peas, for example, were in their root trainers for far too long and as a result haven't thrived now that they're planted out. 

However, all of these lessons are valuable and will help with general garden chores next year. Perhaps, in a couple of years, it'll all come naturally but at the moment I really am teaching myself about gardening on a small patio through trial and error. And I can't remember the last time I had this much fun!

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