After weeks of waiting, the mangetout peas I sowed outside are finally poking their leaves through the soil. So, to protect them from the spying parental eye of our visiting birds, I have put used milk cartons over them as a cloche.
I did that once a few years ago, but then the milk cartons were needed more for storing water when we had heavy and prolonged rainfall in the summer of 2012. After that, I forgot about this technique until I was reading a blog recently which mentioned doing the same.
I hadn’t intended to plant out any cabbage today but a slight mishap occurred. Basically, whilst putting the pots outside to do some hardening off, oops! A seedling tumbled to the ground. So, rather than refill the pot, it seemed better to plant the cabbages out and protect them with milk cartons, too.
Alround then I am most satisfied. With the cabbages out, I had room to pot on some tomatoes. And now I can put my mind to where the mangetout indoors can go in the garden, since they won’t be needed as replacements for the ones started outside after all!