05 January 2010 23:16:38
My seeds arrived today so delighted I started to read the packet information. In the end, I set up an excel spreadsheet and set out the relevant information. You see, I have to plan. My glasshouse is small so in order to get the best use out of it, I have to plan what will be sown in what month, in various quantities.
There are approximately 124 seeds in the pea packet, which can be sown in February and planted out in March, right up to June. So, if I plant one tray of 24 in February, plant it out when ready for planting and then wash out the tray and re-fill, I should have a continous supply of peas plants of 24 every 3 weeks and equally a continous supply of peas for eating. Furthermore, the land up behind the in-laws will not be ready until mid-April so the first lot can be grown here in my own garden in a container.
The cucumber has 15 seeds in the packet - to be sown in March and the pumpkin has 15 seeds in it to be sown in April so the same tray can be used for them.
The sweetcorn has 50 seeds so 2 seed trays will be needed but in May.
Based on this plan, the month of May could put the glasshouse under pressure because the frosts will not be over so the summer flowers will be in there too.