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New Coldframe and Germinating Sweetcorn

Another Year

Yesterday I officially became over 50 so didn’t go down to the plot as I celebrated with a small party. In attendance were my nephew and nieces who very much appreciated the jelly and icecream as well as singing a new version of ‘happy birthday’


My daughter bought me an aluminium and twinwall polycarb coldframe which is very nice and holds 9 standard seed trays in three tiers. Having assembled it, I have applied to the Open University for a degree in engineering, which I think I have earned!


Some of the sweetcorn germinating in small pots were showing so these got moved into 3″ pots. By filling the pot with a small pot in it, then removing the pot and popping the contents of a small pot in I avoided any disturbance to the roots.

I think the germination rate is better by chitting the seed and certainly chitting is easier.

Next to the plot, where I put the new coldframe up by the shed on top of three small slabs to give it a base. I took the last of the onion seedlings down with me and put those into their new home.

Potatoes Row Order

Planted out more potatoes on plot five. The row order (I’ll need this info come harvest time to know which is which). 15 feet rows.

  • 2? Rows Arran Pilot

  • 1? Rows Adora (T&M 1st Early, low calorie potato)

  • 1 Row Nadine, 2nd Early

  • 2 rows Anya, 2nd Early (gave excess away to  another plotholder)

  • 1 row Valor, maincrop (own saved seed tubers)

I didn’t plant the Sarpo on the next rows as the soil was very wet there for some reason, should dry out in a day or two.

The excess from the maincrops will go onto plot 29 where the brassicas were in the small bed.

Well aware that I’ve loads more to do quickly now – carrots and parsnips for starters. Legumes and a greenhouse to  build still. Oh well, that’s why I can work at night. A few more days with weather as good as this weekend has been and I should be catching up.

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