Amazingly the temperature in the greenhouse fell to 2.5°C on Monday night and just 1°C last night! This is an unheard of low in April. I removed the heater last week and put it away; I even turned off all the heated propagating trays – MISTAKE!
During the days the north wind is blowing and it is freezing to be outside; The Tramontana is a wind that cuts through you and I am tired of hearing it; in the greenhouse the temperature rises because the sun is strong; according to the forecast on my phone temperatures aren’t due to rise above 20°C for at least the next couple of weeks, I hope they are wrong.
All the tomatoes are growing fast, I have had to pot all of them on into larger pots and add canes to help support their stems. I was hoping to plant them out this week, but with this cold weather it would stunt their growth so I will be patient, the cane supports for the large varieties are all up so I will be able to plant them out quickly once the temperatures rise consistently.
If I manage to make more space available soon I will plant a few tomatoes into the soil in the greenhouse to hope for a few early tomatoes or maybe this year I will experiment with putting some in large pots and allow them to produce just two or three trusses. I said I would do that last year but in the end I just let them grow.
Some salad crops have been planted outside and others have now grown and are being cropped now; I was able to have all my own salad leaves for several meals for large numbers of people over the past couple of weeks. I am very happy with the quantity of salad leaves that can be grown in a relatively small space. I’ve been picking leaves since about November and this is certainly one of the most productive crops to grow plus I haven’t bought any salad at all since the end of last summer. I need to find a way of continuing the production during summer, usually the heat makes it impossible after about mid-June. I have a very small area shaded with netting and will try to continue to repeat sow several of the salad varieties there. It must be possible because you can buy salad all year in the shops and much of it is local so it must be grown in shade tunnels, maybe I could even make a raised bed with a small shade tunnel over it?????
Old pots of Coriander are planted out into the garden so they can set seed; it isn’t easy to find Coriander seed here, to grow or to cook with.
Above to right is a second sowing of fine leaf Basil and Genovese Basil; I had to sow a second batch because the first juvenile leaves were grazed by either a red shield beetle that has taken up residence in the greenhouse or a locust! I found one and managed to dispose of it but I’ve seen others in the garden already this year despite the low temperatures we’ve experienced this winter. I need to buy some more seed of Lemon and Lime basils as these have not grown on at all well, possibly too much water?
During the last month I’ve picked Tulips and Ranunculus and Freesias for cut flowers. I will try planting the Ranunculus into the ground, I will certainly grow them again. Here they are in the ‘vase’ birdcage I arranged for Easter.
Julie at Peonies and Posies will be posting about her greenhouse later today and so if you have a greenhouse why not tell us all about what you are growing and leave a link there.