Some weeks ago I was to test plant some early peas, beans and aubergines but having the old wrist in a cast curtailed that sort of behaviour. Now the cast is off and the hand is back in action I will make a start this weekend. The chili pepper seeds are now late in being planted but I think after the cold snap this may have been fortuitous.
My plan of intent is to start with a tray a week of broad beans and peas. Put the aubergine seeds into 3 inch pots, a few per pot to try the thinning out method, again a pot a week whilst I modular plant the parsnips and carrots so I don’t disturb the roots when transplanting. I have a couple of old wooden fruit boxes I intend to fill with compost and then start a few rocket seeds in – lets see what I end up with on Sunday.
For the first time I am going to use the compost that is ready as my potting compost. I may also buy a bag of compost as insurance and plant 50/50. Last year I mixed my compost together with the shop bought version to bulk it all out but I am so pleased with last years compost I am going to risk using it on it’s own.
I have decided not to use toilet roll holders after comments last year that they may contain some anti fungicide that prohibits root growth – all too much risk when you pour your heart into the crop. I will however continue with old tyre cases as a means of lifting the roots off our heavy clay despite warnings that these too may have something nasty in them.
One of the other pressing jobs is to site my new veg beds. I hope at least to start to clear the soil and mark out where I want the sleepers to be laid and the paths to be made.