Wednesday 20th May 2015 – I snuck out to the greenhouse again.

When dinner was in the oven I managed to sneak out to the greenhouse to do some more sowing. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to, but I managed to find some extra time. Firstly I started with some Chop Suey Greens. These are really lovely and easy to grow. If they go to seed, then they have some gorgeous yellow flowers which attract all the bees. I sowed these in a small tray and will pluck out little bunches of them to grow on into 3 inch pots rather than individually. I then sowed (1 seed per 3 inch pot) a packet of Mixed Squash Selection. These are a bit of everything, so you don’t have to buy lots of different packets just the one. Hopefully I’ll have a lovely variety to show you in the autumn. All the seeds were of varying shapes and sizes. You’ve still got time to sow them, so if you want to give them a go do. As with all squashes they grow in the same way, so they won’t mind being mixed up in a large bed together (a little bit like the programme Rainbow when they all get into bed together at the end). I never though that was weird when I was a kid, but now it’s just wrong! Anyway, back to seeds. I’m trying to again beat my record of a 48lb Pumpkin. So having sown some other Pumpkin seeds recently I have also planted 6 Atlantic Giant seeds. I did very well last year with Pumpkins, but I am determined to beat my record of 48 lb this year. Only time will tell and I’ll keep you updated on their progress. I then sowed the last of the Broccoli Spring Sprouting Mixture. These did really well last year and we had loads to eat. Hopefully they’ll do well again. Being Spring Sprouting it means that when you’re waiting for Spring to arrive and everything to start growing these start you off with what is going to come for this season. Then it was onto some more Lettuce “Green Mixed”. We go through a lot of lettuce in our family so now that it’s getting warmer, I’ll most probably be sowing lettuce seeds every two weeks so that we have a continuous supply. And finally before dinner was ready I sowed some varieties of Sunflower. Some are small and some will get hopefully taller than me. I think sunflowers are beautiful and they move around following the sun during the day. Let’s see how tall mine will grow this year. The varieties in the selection I have are “Colour Parade” (height 6 foot), “Red Sun” (height 6 foot), “Italian White” (height 5 foot), “Russian Giant” (height 6 foot), “Pacino Gold” (height 2 foot, but then Al Pacino is only little) and “Teddy Bear” (height 2 foot). I sowed 10 of each variety so I’ll have them dotted about the garden and allotment. I’ll keep you updated on their progress. If you would like to get little ones interested in growing Sunflower, there’s a brilliant book they can read, and it’ll tell them everything they need to know, it’s called “Lottie and Dottie Sow Sunflowers”, it’s brilliant! Well that’s definitely all for today, time for dinner now.

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