I’ve been thinking about growing more plants in modules then planting them out, even those, like root veggie, that are traditionally sown directly into the ground. You might wonder why? So, far I come up with these reasons:
1. Weeding – I can clear any weeds before I plant out that way at least the plants will get a head start over the weeds.
2. No thinning out – I hate this task as is always seems such a waste.
3. Less waste of seeds – much easier (for me anyways) to sow one or two seeds per module. Outside, unless they are large seeds I struggle to see where the seeds have gone!
4. I’ll know if something has come along and eaten the plant – currently, I don’t know if seeds have failed to germinate or if some kind creature has come along and had all the tiny seedlings before breakfast.
5. Spacing – I think I might get more plants in by planting in blocks rather than in rows.
6. Nothing in the ground waiting to germinate (or not – parsnips!)
So, that’s my thinking and we’ll see how it goes. Yesterday, I sowed two varieties of turnips, swede, beetroot, chinese cabbage, two varieties of cabbage, two varieties of kale and some calabrese. Somehow I managed to find a place for the tray in one of the polytunnels.
The iris are starting to bloom these three have just opened out. Unfortunately, I don’t know their names as I inherited the collection.