Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Brassica’s here we come!

Sowed lots of brassica type seeds this afternoon. I’m getting very excited now that sowing has begun. I’m trying to use up as many of the old seeds that I have knocking about, but sometimes they just put far too many in the packet. I don’t really want 500 cabbages this year, a couple of dozen would do me just fine thank you. However, I’m sure I’ve sown far too much again, but here goes on what I’ve just sown. Cabbage varieties include “Primo” and “Savoy“, Sprouting Broccoli, Kale, Brussels Sprouts of which I’ve sown “Falstaff” and “Trafalgar“. We do love our Brussels, but not just for Christmas.

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2 Responses to Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Brassica’s here we come!

  1. Shelly says:

    Hi Claire, this is my first year as an allotment holder and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. The weather isn’t helping to relax me as I haven’t managed to plant anything outside. Is that ok? I have bought a grow house to use as a little greenhouse but as weather is rubbish I’m wondering whether it’s going to be ok to sow the seeds in there. The nights are still extremely cold here in the Midlands and its minus something most nights. Will they be ok in the grow house? I plan to put the seed trays in a large sandwich bag as I’ve seen you do. Thanks. Loving the blog’s and videos, I have learnt so much from them.

    • Hi Shelly,
      I hope you enjoy being on your allotment. I always find it great fun, even in the rain, but especially in the sun. Don’t worry if you’ve not sown anything outside yet. Where you live it is really cold at the moment. Not much warmer down in the SE, but just a little. I’m behind with planting. Last year I was getting my onion sets outside, but I can’t see them going in for at least another couple of weeks. If you have a greenhouse or similar you can start seeds off in them. Make sure they have a cover over them though, otherwise the hard frost will kill them. Don’t have aubergines in the greenhouse, put them on a sunny window sill. If you can afford to by some propagator lids they’re even better than plastic bags. Hunt around for reasonably priced ones. They’ll last for years if you look after them. If you have any questions please do ask, and most importantly have fun.

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