The sun is shining at last and it’s all systems go on the No Dig veg course, so now seems like a good time to share an update.
Seed sowing for the course got underway in mid February. Our first sowings were radishes, spinach, broad beans and broccoli. Radishes and spinach were sown in clumps of 3-5 seeds per small (3cm) modules. Broad beans went in modules individually and the broccoli was sown in a seed tray and then pricked out to modules once the first seed leaves came through. The seed trays were all transferred to heated propagators in the shed to germinate and then brought out into the light of the greenhouse as soon as they emerged.
The radishes have since been planted out under horticultural fleece and the broad beans joined them today. The radishes are looking healthy and putting out some new leaves but one or two plants have a few nibbles – on the lookout for the culprit, but didn’t find him today! Probably slug.
In the meantime, we have also sown beetroot, mangetout and Spring blush peas. These have been done as multi-sow groups too; 4 per module for the beetroot and 3 per module for the peas. Celeriac was next and has been sown on the surface into a seed tray. The celeriac is the only one we are waiting on for germination at the moment.
So, that’s it for the time being. The spinach and broccoli should be going into the ground soon and the carrots will be sown direct in the next week or so.