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I’ve mentioned that we’ve got a small paved back garden, an allotment and a square grassy patch in front.
When it comes to preparing for the growing season we have to use a lot of initiative.
There’s three options.
Seedlings that need more warmth get a spot inside the patio doors. We found a glass shelved unit that was fairly discreet. In the winter months it houses pot plants and ornaments.
We’ve used it for tomatoes, courgettes, gherkins, coriander and sweet corn so far.
Meanwhile when these seeds get big enough they may move to the outdoor space.
This mini greenhouse has served us well for nine years. It goes into the shed when it gets cold and often need tying in if it’s windy.
Meanwhile there’s a third option. The chicken shed sloping roof has space for a small cold frame.
We’ve used this for cabbage family, spring onions and beetroot as these don’t need as warm a start and seem to object to too much heat.
There’s a few other advantages to this location.
The slug population has become unsuccessful in the back garden. My theory is the hens ate all the slug eggs.
And the heat from the hens gives these seedlings a bit of insurance against frost!
Mind you we have to watch that the hens don’t get the contents!
Gratuitous chicken shot!
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