Ordinarily, at this time of year, I would temporarily turn the kitchen floor into a makeshift potting shed and spend a pleasant hour or so sowing more seeds into various sized seed trays and propagators. Plastic sheeting would be laid over the carpet tiles with the bag of seed compost, a large black catch-all tray in which the seed trays are placed whilst they are filled with compost, the propagators themselves, already written labels, my small watering can and last but by no means least, the seed packets, all carefully laid out on the sheeting.
This year, however, the kitchen has been taken over by a Warhammer gaming table, which Mud and the Mudlets’ have been busy building over the last couple of months or so which means that this year, much to Muds’ horror, my temporary potting shed was relocated to the lounge.
“You can’t sow seeds in the lounge!!!!” was his horrified utterance, as I staggered past him with my large, open bag of sowing compost. Busy building yet more Warhammer models at the dining room table, he had, until that moment, been blissfully unaware of mine and Little Mudlets’ careful preparations in the lounge, hadn’t heard the rustling of the plastic sheet as we had laid it out over the lounge rug.
“Why don’t you sow them at the table outside?” he queried.
“It’s bloody freezing!” I said, adding, “Seeds need warmth and why don’t you make your models outside?”
“Because it’s too cold,” he answered me sheepishly before wisely deciding not to comment further on my choice of potting location.
With a surprisingly small amount of mess, all of which was contained within the plastic sheeting, Little Mudlet and I made short work of sowing:
Windowsill Propagator 1
- Cucumber “La Diva”;
- Cucumber “Beth Alpha” which is a baby cucumber variety;
- Celery “Giant Red”;
- Mixed Salad Leaves;
- Corn Salad “Medalion”;
- Sunflower “Bird Table”;
- Courgette “Black Beauty”; and
- Spaghetti Squash.
Windowsill Propagator 2
- Runner Bean “Enorma”;
- Mangetout “Oregon Sugar Pod”; and
- Climbing Bean “Blauhilde.
With the windowsill propagators finished, Little Mudlet and I stopped for a tea break before heading out to the large greenhouse to sow:
Propagator (Greenhouse) 1 & 2
- Winter Squash “Sugar Mix”;
- Squash “Hunter” a butternut type;
- Pumpkin “Atlantic Giant”;
- Pumpkin “Baby Bear”;
- Winter Squash “Honey Bear”; and
- Onion (bunching) “Ihikura”.
Little Mudlet also set her first sets of direct sown seeds growing. I had come across these interesting looking “flat-pack” growbags in one of the local shops and decided to buy some as these would be perfect for the girls to use for some of their crops. I put one of the Hydro Coir Growbags into one of our plastic tubs and Little Mudlet cut the seal on the top and then carefully poured in the requisite 3 litres of water. We repeated the process with the second one and then left them to it whilst we sowed the squash and onion seeds in the greenhouse.
Fifteen minutes later, and Little Mudlet excitedly headed back to check on the progress of her growbags and was amazed to find that they had grown to three times their original size. She had already decided to sow carrots “Rainbow Mix” and leeks “Lyon 2 (Prizetaker)” in her growbags and once she had scattered the seeds, lightly raked the coir mix back over to cover them. I then covered the growbags with a small piece of environmesh ……. and as ‘Sow carrot, parsnip and beetroot seed and cover with netting‘ make up Item 5 on my list, I’m claiming a teensy bit as ticked.
The greenhouse propagators, along with the seedlings already living out there, have been covered with a layer of fleece to give the seeds just that little bit more protection overnight.