Saturday, 4 March 2017

Sowing & Planting

March got off to a bright but rather chilly start but since then it's turned dull and damp.
Temperature, Solar Radiation & Rainfall 01-03 March 2016
Thursday was bright and sunny, if a rather chilly March day. In the greenhouse it felt pleasantly mild as the sunshine lifted the temperature inside at the least. We decided to make a start on sowing and planting some broad beans, onion sets, shallots and a bag of early Casablanca potatoes.
We always sow our broad beans in modules and plant them out as plants in the allotment. We've done this for many years now and had good results so I see no reason to change our method.
Our onion and shallot sets are planted in a similar manner. However, the left over onion and shallot sets will be planted directly into the plot later in the season.
We haven't tried to grow early potatoes in bags for a couple of years now. I'm not sure why as we've had some success in the past. We're planning at least one bag growing at home, initially in the greenhouse, before it moves outside by the cold frames as space in the greenhouse is needed for more tender crops.
I'd like to get a couple of bags planted up in the plot greenhouse too if I can get round to it.

We made a video of our sowing and planting done on Thursday.


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