Sunday, 12 May 2013

Going Downhill

After such a promising start to May the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worst. Saturday was the coldest day of the month with a maximum of 13.1°. With a strong to gale force wind it wasn't a particularly pleasant day at all. The heavy rainfall forecast for the afternoon didn't materialise.

Last year our Crown Prince squash seeds didn't germinate but this year all six seeds have germinated successfully and have been moved on from under the indoor grow light into the greenhouse. At the same time I sowed a variety we hadn't grown before called Stripetti. This too was left under the indoor grow light but until today there wasn't any signs of germination taking place and I was beginning to think we had another germination failure on our hands. However this morning a couple of seeds at least have germinated. 
This seedling is trying its best to push through the soil and head for daylight. Now all four varieties of squashes that we are growing this year have germinated we will need plenty of space on the plot for them to wander during the hot summer months to come. Our four varieties are Crown Prince, Stripetti, Vegetable Spaghetti and Futsu Black.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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