peas sown in toilet roll tubes, ready to be planted out
This week I planted out my 3rd lot and sowed more of, many veg plants (2 varieties of peas, runner beans, french beans, various lettuce, carrots, leeks, spring onions, parsnips, beetroot, turnip, coriander, parsnip, various courgette/squash). The growing season can be so unpredictable here that I've found that regular sowings of seeds ensures that challenging weather situations (for example sneaky early or late frosts or endless rain) don't impact in a major way on my food growing. If one sowing of plants son't make it, its ok because another is following closely behind in modules and pots in the polytunnel. I also grow some of the more tender veg (French beans, courgettes/squash) in big pots, ( in addition to raised beds), so they can be moved into the polytunnel in the event of a frost forecast, this really helps to lengthen the growing season here. Sowing little and often like this also means that there is more variety of veg ready to harvest for longer, plus if the weather is settled and everything lives, I have plants and produce to give away/swap with friends and neighbours, yey!