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Seeds plans

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. 

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Rachel Rachel 06 January 2010 01:02:23

Wow, you're organised. That's very good planning with the peas. I must do likewise with mine.

If I remember correctly, sweetcorn doesn't like its roots disturbed so you may wish to plant these in individual pots or something biodegradable, rather than a tray. Having said that, we bought little corn plants last year in congested cells and they turned out alright.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 06 January 2010 01:02:51

That's great organisation working out a plan like that, good idea using Excel spreadsheet.

chilipepper chilipepper 06 January 2010 01:16:03

Hi Mairin, best of luck with the veg seeds for 2010, bet you will be delighted with the results! your right to stage the planting of the peas but just remember to pick often as they will keep producing pods over a period once they are not let go to seed! if you let even one pod go to seed it will severely hamper your crop from that plant! you would expect a return of 10lb from a 10ft row, and be wary of pumpkins they can be quiet evasive! best of luck again and keep us informed!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 January 2010 06:31:30

I wish I could get off my butt, and plan properly. Fair play to you, Mairin. If the sweetcorn don't like their roots disturbed, you could sow them into the cardboard roll from the inside of a toilet roll.

Lìga Lìga 06 January 2010 09:13:33

Hi,Mureen!Last year i sow peas,and then forgot about next sowing,and then i was sorry,because they start harvesting same time,and finish too.So i did't get so many peas like i wanted.Remind me it this year:))

Myrtle Myrtle 06 January 2010 09:25:21

You're very organised there! But that is the only gardening we can enjoy in this weather!

Clara Clara 06 January 2010 10:33:05

Good luck with your planting you are so well orginised keep warm and enjoy the last day of Christmas

fraoch fraoch 06 January 2010 11:00:59

Hope everything goes to plan for you. I'm highly impressed by how organised you are!

milkchurns milkchurns 06 January 2010 16:43:12

very well planned out. you can also sow a few pea seeds in your salad bed. use the young shoots mixed with other salad leaves. this will gave your salad a nice mild fresh pea taste. the shoots can be treated like cut and come again salad leaves. 

Myrtle Myrtle 06 January 2010 17:13:03

That sounds nice, never knew that!

Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 January 2010 18:09:47

Good luck with all your seed plans Mairin.What peas [Pisum sativum] like is water  during dry spells until the first flowers start to open.At this point keeping the plants moist is of great importance.Moist roots right through until harvest will greatly increase the yield of the crop for you.Too much water before flowering will give you lots of good green leaf-growth,but a poor supply of peas.


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