Monday, 14 April 2014

Wind and Sun

On Sunday we had the unusual combination of a lovely sunny day day combined with gale force winds. It certainly wasn’t a day for moving weed control fabric around on the allotment.
High Wind Speeds  - May 2013 to April 2014
It’s not that often we managed wind speeds exceeding 30 mph especially outside the winter months.

I did manage a little more sorting out in the home greenhouse by renewing the capillary matting to the metal staging. The old matting was well past its sell by date so it was consigned to the dustbin and replaced with some new matting.
I now need to sort out the pots and seed trays on the shelving beneath and another part of the greenhouse won’t look too bad. The space underneath has finished up as a storage area as there isn't enough light for growing successfully.

Whilst I was pottering about I took pity on this tray of viola Symphonia Mixed sown last June and left to overwinter in the cold frame.
I picked out the “best” of the seedlings and potted them on to see if they recover.
It will be interesting to see if they manage to rejuvenate and put on some sort of display. The seedlings did have plenty of roots so I'm hopeful they’ll make a full recovery. I wonder what I should do with the remaining stragglers. 


  1. I think you should give the remaining stragglers a chance. I can never bring myself to compost seedlings.

    1. I can't see them reaching the compost bin just yet Jo.

  2. I can't bring myself to throw little plants away either, I have a terrible time trying to get rid of strawberry runners!

    1. I've solved that problem as Sue cuts off all the strawberry runners. I think she composted them last year. She must have been in a particularly tough mood that day.

    2. We didn't have many that were strong looking plantlets last year.


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