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Two key things are crucial for me when getting the allotment started. Timing and planning.
Lots of people assume that growing vegetables is hard work and time consuming. I’m not going to disagree but if you structure the work it’s more easy.
Take the planting. I decided this year to be more conscientious about my seedlings and read in a number of places including permaculture magazinethat I could start my tomatoes and chillies early.
I was worried about light levels as my seedling space is in the dining room against the patio doors. But I used tin foul reflectors to help solve the problem.
The tomatoes and chillies started in a covered seed tray and then I’ve transferred them in threes into 9cm pots.
I also decided to use a small solar rock light to add some light at the back of the tray.
So far they are doing well. So now I’ve started some gherkins and some yellow tomatoes too.
I’ll be working towards bringing them into larger pots next and I want to develop a chilli house plant to keep permanently.
The next seedlings I’ll be working with are cabbage family. They take a long time to develop so that will be the sprouts, sprouting broccoli, kohl rabi and black kale.
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