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In the Mini Greenhouses

By Mwillis
Today I just want to show off what I have growing in my three mini-greenhouses. At this time of year I couldn't manage without them!
In the mini greenhouses
Our weather at present is (and has been for the last couple of weeks) what I would call "typical April weather" - in other words, sunshine and showers with quite strong winds. Temperatures during the day have normally been in the low to mid-teens (Celsius) and at night-time about 5 or 6. This means that delicate little seedlings need to be protected most of the time. During the warmest, sunniest parts of the day I have been able to leave the trays out in the open for an hour or two, soaking up the rays, but the rest of the time they have been under cover. At night-time I am still bringing indoors the tender chillis and tomatoes.
In the mini greenhouses
Some of the chillis are looking fairly good now. They are all different sizes because I have several different varieties growing.
In the mini greenhouses
And the tomatoes are mostly just beginning to develop their first proper leaves.
In the mini greenhouses
Most of the pots have 5 or 6 seedlings in them. In a few days' time I will pot-on the best 3 from each into individual pots, and discard the others. I know it seems a shame to get rid of perfectly viable seedlings, but it's the old "Survival of the fittest" thing you know...

In the mini greenhouses

Tomato "Costoluto Fiorentino"


These are some of the Leeks. I'll let them grow on in that pot until they are about twice as big as they are now before planting them out. I'm progressively thinning the weaker ones, because I want to end up with only a dozen or so.

In the mini greenhouses

Leeks "Musselburgh"


These are the "Long Red Florence" onions. My plan with these is to plant them out in clumps, without separating them into individual plants. I have read several blogs where this technique is recommended, so let's see how it works for me.

In the mini greenhouses

Onion "Long Red Florence"



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