With the temperamental weather in spring, plants were sown and planted out later than usual, and generally a month behind…
Shading provided by an old net curtain and a fine misting of water over the material to prevent scorching/drying of the seedlings, and, if needed, a light misting of the interior roof space.
Never grown Cucumber before, but a packet of ‘Masterpiece’ outdoor cucumber seeds, included with a gardening magazine, became my main 2021 experiment. Two plants were grown in a large fabric bag, and another two in a large square planter.
Among the flowers sown in module trays and pots in the greenhouses, were Swedish Marigolds ‘Burning Embers’, Chives, and Nasturtiums ‘Bloody Mary’. Transplanted into a jute lined hanging basket to grow on.
The second hanging basket that had been sown with seeds for small carrots failed, so were replaced with multi-sown ‘Scarlet Globe’ radishes from a module tray. A good method for June/July.
The radishes did well whether multi-sown in a module tray and planted out, or sown directly.
Those planted in the hanging basket did not have much leaf damage from flea beetle compared to those in the raised bed.
The sweet peas were hit and miss. Again, not a plant I’ve grown before. Had two varieties, ‘Royal Scarlet’ and ‘Midnight’, and the latter grew well but only got 6-8 flowers, but the colour is lovely.
Always guaranteed to grow well and provide a mass of flowers for the bees, Calendula triumphed again.
Seeds I would have started in the greenhouse if there had been space, or time, included mini-corn ‘Snobaby’, and climbing French Bean ‘Cobra’ were sown where they would grow. I’ll be growing both these again in 2022.
A late try-out plant, quick growing (45 days) though took longer to reach harvest due to the colder September.
And the start of 2021…
All those plans for buying plants and more seeds went boom with the arrival of Covd-19 and the #pandemic. Garden centres were shut and everyone had to go online. My first purchase was mini greenhouse 1.
Dwarf French Beans bought online as plugs, planted into pots and grown on for planting out.
On the middle shelf Sprouting Broccoli plug plants growing on.
I did have a seed packet of mixed salad leaves and half a packet of Climbing French Beans ‘Blue Lake’ to start off.
These are only a small selection of the plants I’ve grown using the mini greenhouses. You never know what you can achieve until you try. If something doesn’t work, I’ve still learnt from it for next time…