For sowing to plug the hungry gap I used the variety “Winter Giant” and what a winner it was! The seeds were sown into module trays, eight or 10 seeds per station and these were sown on September 10. By October 10 they were ready for planting but did not grow much during the winter.
From August to October you can make a sowing into vacant soil of one of the autumn sown varieties like “White Lisbon Winter Hardy”.
Although still unpredictable, the weather in March is usually settled enough to allow us to get out at last and make final soil preparations as well as making a tentative start on some early sowings.
This is a great tried and trusted variety that produces a mass of curly leaves about eight to 10 weeks after sowing. It can be sown from March to July and the beauty of this variety is you can break off just a few leaves from a head and leave the lettuce in the ground.
An early maincrop variety that can be sown direct into seed drills from February or March although for very best results wait until at least the end of March or even April and sow in warmer soil.
Many useful herbs can easily be raised from seed.
So last year over the summer months I kept a journal of my gardening to keep as a reminder for this years gardening exploits. I was hoping that this year I would be able to do some of my gardening in the garden rather than in containers but unfortunately I have been hit with a second slipped disc, so it’s back to the containers for me.
The question is: Is it best to sow this early crop in the ground, in a length of guttering, or in deep pots? I’ve tried all three and here is what I’ve found.
We like to sow our peppers singly in cell trays, just three or four plants of each.