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What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:18 pm
by Odsox
With the new year only one and a bit days old and I've started sowing seeds :shock:
Multiple sowed 80 cells of Hytech onions today and placed in the propagator. I saw in my garden diary that I sowed them in the first week of January last year, and they did very well, so hopefully I will get a repeat performance this year.

Also, I set tomato seeds to chit yesterday, which I've done on Jan 1st for several years now, testing early varieties to see which are the earliest. This year's candidates are Oregon Spring, Bloody Butcher & Silver Fir tree. (Thanks to Green Aura for seeds of the last two :salute: )

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:51 pm
by doofaloofa
This year will be all Jerusalem Artichokes!

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:51 pm
by Flo
Patience - it's too wet to think at the moment.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:11 am
by diggernotdreamer
doofaloofa wrote:This year will be all Jerusalem Artichokes!
That'll put the roses in your cheeks

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:56 am
by tosca
At the moment some early tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries indoors. No cell trays, nowhere to put them yet with our main indoor growing area down to sub zero temperatures overnight, so everything sown into small pots for now.

Out in the polytunnel there are some potatoes in and peas and broad beans. It's a new structure given to us by a friend who only used it for tomatoes (they grow better outside!) so we have no idea what it will be good for, it will be too hot in summer. It might be too cold for the potatoes which are well buried, but as we were given a large box of seeds it was worth a try.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:14 am
by doofaloofa
diggernotdreamer wrote:
doofaloofa wrote:This year will be all Jerusalem Artichokes!
That'll put the roses in your cheeks
Saucy!

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:06 am
by ina
Flo wrote:Patience - it's too wet to think at the moment.
And too windy... :?

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:26 am
by Odsox
ina wrote:
Flo wrote:Patience - it's too wet to think at the moment.
And too windy... :?
..... which is why I'm still satisfied that I made the right decision several years ago to grow just about all my veg under cover. It seemed a bit "radical" at the time, but I've never regretted it.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:22 pm
by Flo
Ah that's fine if you have your own land Odsox but when you are renting allotments - well a polytunnel can be a big investment - given that fact that allotment land can be built on. There were a whole lot of plot holders been moved on here a few years ago when planning permission was given for the land - not that it has happened yet.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:21 pm
by Odsox
Very true Flo, I realise that.
However there is always one way or another to grow stuff out of the elements, for instance see my article on indoor growing, wot I rote on the Ish Blog site... http://www.selfsufficientish.com/main/2 ... e-growing/
Blatant advert :iconbiggrin:
Or by clicking on the "The urban guide to becoming self sufficient'ish" logo at the top of every page.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:27 pm
by Penny Lane
I'm tempted to get some cherry tomatoes started off, and some herbs too. My current (flyaway) greenhouse is full of holes now so nothing is staying dry in there. Hopefully be the happy owner of a polycarbonate GH in the next month or two...

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:13 pm
by Odsox
Today I started my maincrop tomatoes off, chitting on paper towels.
Thanks to someone giving me 6 varieties, plus the varieties I had already chosen, I find that I am going to grow 17 varieties this year. Somewhat of a record for me.
I am only growing one plant of some of them, but that's still quite a few plants. Luckily I have room for 14 in the conservatory, plus another 21 in the polytunnel hydroponics pipe.
Then there the peppers to chit as well .....

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:34 pm
by old tree man
i got my brussels and broad beans on the go, and my toms will be going in tomorrow, i'm going to give some of my ground a rest this year and grow a multitude of crops in containers as the soil needs to be fed and enriched, its worked so hard over the years it needs a break :flower:

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:44 pm
by Green Aura
Chillies, about 15 different varieties. We did amazingly well with Habaneros last year so we've expanded our repertoire - maybe a little too much. I'm not sure where we'll put them all but you can be sure we'll try to find somewhere suitable.

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:13 pm
by Flo
I've put in demon hot chillis, red peppers and jalapeno chillis into small pots this morning.