Shoots & Leaves

What are you doing up already? Back to bed
What are you doing up already? Back to bed

I sowed the sweet peppers (Yolo Wonder, Long Red Marconi, and Corno de Torro Rossa) in the smallest module tray last Thursday (21st Feb), along with 24 aubergine seeds (Falcon F1), and placed in the heated propagator unit on my windowsill. There was room for a strip of maybe 20 more modules, so the following day, I also added some F1 Cindel tomatoes and a few Brandy Wine beefsteak tomato seeds in modules too; although they will be ready for planting out before the designated tunnel will probably be ready at the end of April, I can pot them on and feed them before planting out to make pretty substantial plants, and therefore hopefully get an early crop in June/July.

I sowed the rest of the tomatoes seeds (Gardener’s Delight, more Brandy Wine, Berner Rose, Black Cherry Tomato, Tigerella, Green Zebra and Golden Queen) in 300 modules in the module tunnel. Although unheated, they germinated fine like that last year. I’ve also sown a handful of chillies from saved seed there too.

Anyway, the heated seeds were of course always going to germinate quicker; but I certainly didn’t expect them to germinate and appear by Tuesday 26th Feb – five days, four for the tomatoes! That’s quicker than some brassicas! Eek, they really must be desperate to get going and start seeing spring. I know how they feel…

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