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Shuffling Things Around

By Mwillis
The advent of some warmer weather has prompted me to do a bit of re-arranging in the garden. Until now, my First Early potatoes have been in the two "seedling greenhouses", but with the risk of frost much reduced I felt that it was time for them to give way to more deserving occupants - chillis and tomatoes.

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Potato plants in the seedling greenhouses


So now I have put all my potato containers in a row, in such a way that I can easily run a length of fleece over them if  the night is going to be very chilly.

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The potato plantation!


As regular readers know, I potted-on my tomato plants a couple of days ago, and now I have done the same with the chillis, which were beginning to outgrow the little 3-inch pots in which they had been raised up till now.
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Of course this means that they take up more space than before, and it would be a lot more difficult for me to bring them indoors now. From now on their home (at least during the night) will be one of the seedling greenhouses.
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The tomatoes will "sleep" in the other greenhouse. During the day the greenhouses can get very hot, even with the covers open, so I prefer to put my plants out in the open. Furthermore the greenhouses are positioned next to the house, so the amount of direct sunlight they get is limited. If I put the plants on the patio table they get sunlight almost all day long.
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I will be keeping a particularly close eye on the weather forecast over the next week or ten days, because I generally like to pot-up my chillis and tomatoes into their final containers in mid to late May, but I don't want to do it if the weather is going to turn cold again.
These are some of my chilli plants:

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"Ring of Fire"


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"Puma"


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"Panama 4"



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