For the first time in over a year, the slugs and snails seem to have been out with a vengeance recently. Before we went to Scarborough last weekend, I was really pleased to see carrots starting up between some kale. Great, I thought, an autumn crop on the way!
Alas, when I looked under the mini polytunnel this afternoon, the carrot tops looked more like grass. Whether they recover or not, remains to be seen, but I’ve put down organic slug pellets on the off chance they do.
I did the same with the pak choi I planted out today. The seedlings were more than ready to move onto a new home, though most of them have simply moved into new pots, dotted about the house.
Whilst I had been browsing the Kings Seed catalogue back in July, I had been inspired to try pak choi again, after a partial success in 2010. Then I had sown them in situ and a bit too late, as far as I remember, so no wonder they turned out to be very small under the fleece. Hopefully, this year will be a more promising experience.
Another inspired buy was echinacea. Only four of the seeds have germinated but I’ve got about half a packet left, which I will start off next year. Had I got them earlier this year, they would probably have been ready to plant out this autumn but I think the current seedlings will have to overwinter indoors.
I’m so excited about seeing them flower. They are definitely one of my new favourite flowers, after seeing them at Harlow Carr last year. I didn’t actually know what they were at the time but now not only do I have a name to a face but potentially a beautiful medicinal flower in the garden.