After several weeks of looking at little trays of compost there’s now some tiny bits of green making their way into the sunlight.
The Pisum sativum ‘Bijou’ were actually the ones I was least expecting to survive the early planting – I had thought mangetout might struggle a little in the cold but I’ve been proven wrong. This isn’t a particularly early variety but, if I can keep them from getting too much frost, should mean that they have time to produce their spectacularly large pods before viva day. ‘Bijou’ is a lovely sweet variety – despite the pods being a good 18cm long, this monster mangetout can be eaten straight from the plant.
The next round of seeds also went in on Monday:
Some of them are resown seeds – Lathyrus odorata ‘Midnight’ and ‘White Supreme’ have gone in, this time to root trainers, as I have a sneaky suspicion the ones in pots have rotted – unfortunately but not entirely unexpected with the cold, damp weather. I also am trying Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ (purple millet) surface sown in root trainers as it doesn’t like root disturbance too much. The last tray is of Tropaeolum majus ‘Princess of India’ – the deep orange and dark leaved nasturtium.
The Pennisetum is currently nestled into a warm spot in one of the glasshouses, and both the Tropaeolum and Lathyrus have gone into the cooler environs of the polytunnel at the Edible Garden Project as neither needs heat to germinate.
The Plantsmanship student tables are starting to fill up:
If the weather stays a little warmer, as it has been this week, I may even start planting outside relatively soon – I have another row of broad beans (Vicia faba ‘Aquadulce’), and peas (Pisum sativum ‘Bijou’) to plant and I’d like to sow them directly outdoors to compare with the pot grown indoors plants.