Still making mistakes!

13 Feb

January 3rd Week. First sowing of tomatoes.


I decided to to sow my tomato seeds in a plug tray along with some chilli seeds. I love chilli but doubt if these were being used yet on the tables in the 1940’s. Still, l very carefully thinly sowed my seeds into little plugs thinking l can then just pop those out once they had germinated and plant on in bigger pots. Good idea as it saves trying to separate each seedling which can be quite time consuming. I put the whole tray in a heated propagator and waited. Each day l looked and then after about 5 days l saw the chillis emerging. Great. Come on you tomatoes! But no, they didn’t want to play which reulted in the chillis romping away and going leggy. They had to come out! I now have a tray of rather weak, leggy chilli seedlings and not a trace of tomatoes. Had l sowed them in smaller trays and kept them separate the tomatoes could have stayed in the propagator and be left to germinate. They don’t have a cat in hells chance in the unheated greenhouse as the temperature has really dropped in the past few days. Oh well, live and learn. Mr Middleton would probably have said ‘Now where did l tell you to sow different vegetables together in the same tray?’ Lesson learnt.


Posted by on February 13, 2010 in January, The garden


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2 responses to “Still making mistakes!

  1. Mal

    May 26, 2010 at 12:35

    Do you know that’s the biggest mistake in my book too! Monoculture is the rule for seed trays etc from now on.

    What variety tomato(es) are you growing, Trev? The first one looks very interisting, do i’m curious to know if it one of those ridged ones!

    Also i’m the other way around with toms and cucumbers. I bought six different tomatoe variety plants ans popped them in gr-bags, but I’ve got cucumbers “Market Maker” coming on from seed. Also peppers which seem to take forever to get anywhere in this part of the world (Scotland) even behind plastic.

  2. trevorhunt

    May 27, 2010 at 05:43

    Hi Mal,
    Thanks for your comments.
    It hasn’t been the easiest gardening year so far has it?
    I am growing Gardeners Delight, Sweet Million and Marmande. My chillis are just showing fruits now despite being in a greenhouse. But the good news is that we have had rain, and lots of it so now the soil is perfect for weeding, hoeing, sowing more seeds and planting out my courgettes, squash and pumpkins. lots to do so had better get on with it. Good luck up there in Bonnie Scotland!


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