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Spirited Spring Greens

spring green seedlingsTalking of survivors, I thought I’d give an honourable mention to some resilient spring greens I sowed in pots for overwintering a few weeks ago.

They got munched by the countless slugs that my garden provides a haven for when it chucks it down with rain. I should have covered them up, but it was one of those jobs that I never quite got around to doing.

Lazily, I put them up on our garden table instead. I’ll never quite understand how a slug manages to crawl up on to a table, but plenty of them did. If something so small can climb something so high, all you can really do is stand back and say fair play to slugs.

I discarded the stalks that were left in my little coldframe to get the plants out of the way. Just like my aubergine, I forgot about them and got on with nicking some replacements from Jan’s greenhouse.

Yet these little seedlings battled back. The plants have new leaves and now the slugs are gone, they’re close to planting out size.

I’ve got a whole row down the plot already, but these brave, plucky souls deserve another chance.

As part of my newly-found fascination with confined space growing, I’m going to pop them in to bigger pots and see what happens.

If they’re as tough later in life as they were in their infancy, I’ll be munching on pot grown greens in no time at all.

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meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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