A few weeks back, I posted about my allotment guilty secret – a Honda mini-tiller, that I use to give my soil the perfect tilth before planting.
Now for another secret – my allotment secret weapon.
Through the red door in the picture is the plant room for the office I work at. There are three large boilers in there, as well as a calorifier and hot water pumps.
I’m fortunate to have access to the room, and as you can imagine, it is lovely and snug in there. Add some light via a window at the back, and hey presto, I’ve got the perfect environment for germinating difficult seeds and growing early seedlings.
I try not to take the mickey too much, but I couldn’t resist sneaking some chilli seeds in during January, which germinated within a few days. My parsnips seeds are currently in there in an attempt to chit them before sowing proper.
It’s so warm and toasty, that I’m even considering trying an aubergine. Or maybe a melon. Not that I’m encouraging turning professional workplaces into glorified greenhouses (although my work chilli plant is doing far better than my home ones. Maybe it’s the double glazing), but hey, everywhere needs a little greenery to brighten the day.
I’ve also germinated seeds on my car dashboard from time to time. The temperature in there always seems reasonably high, and with undercover space is at a premium, I’ve got to make the best use possible. And I’m sure my passengers love holding the pots while I’m driving along.
One day, I’ll have myself a super-duper greenhouse or polytunnel, and they’ll be no need to put seedlings here, there and everywhere. The caretakers won’t think I’m nuts, either.