Experiments with seedlings

Recently, I read about gardening on clay soil, which suggested producing seedlings which are then planted in the garden soil when strong enough. Tonight it was the turn of lettuce and spinach with this method.

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Lettuce and spinach seedlings

My rationale is that even if this method fails, little will have been lost, considering the meagre success I have had with direct sowing in the past. (Miraculously, I did get a few good sized lettuce last year but not even seedlings appeared elsewhere.)

So, the seedlings have been repotted to give them more space to grow. And now they have gone in what I have named the ‘incubator’ (aka net cloche).

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The 'incubator'

The Chinese cabbage seems to be doing okay, despite supposedly not liking transplantation…. I’ve discovered what was eating them: a cabbage white caterpillar! How that got under the net I don’t know but it has now gone in the municipal garden waste bin where I am sure it will find other delights to eat. In past years, this seems to have worked 😉

© Helen Butt, August 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Experiments with seedlings

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Good like with your Experiments with seedlings hope they turn out for you

  2. Good luck on your transplants! Let us know how your fall gardening goes. I had planned to try plant one for the first time this year but my plans changed now. I am not well enought to attempt it this fall. There will always be next year.
    Honey

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