Down on the Allotment

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Monday, October 25, 2010

New Shoots!

We've had some very bright, sunny days in the last couple of weeks. Although it has been below freezing quite a few times the temperature in the greenhouse during the sunny days must have been quite warm. My lovely Isle of Wight garlic 'Early Purple' has really started to shoot up. I will accustom it to being outside for a couple of days now and plant it outside for the Winter. It will be fine outside now having established a good root system.
A few hardy Winter lettuce have made good progress too. I will buy a growbag and keep these planted in the greenhouse over Winter for a few more salad nibbles!

14 Comments:

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Craig Rockfield said...

Make the most of the good weather, doesn't get any better from tomorrow! Good blog btw, will add you to my follow list and pop you a link ;)

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

A greenhouse really does extend your winter options doesn't it? Wouldn't be without mine!

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Green Lane Allotments said...

We had our first frost on Sunday night. I plan to plant my garlic this week in pots where they will stay overwinter in our cold greenhouse and be planted out in early spring - it was a method that worked well last year.

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous fer said...

Great to see your new sprouts!
Hope they all grow nicely

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger gintoino said...

Your garlic looks great! I planted mine Less than a week ago and was amazed to see how big their shoots were this morning!

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Jo said...

It's good to see some things just springing to life at this time of year.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Nate said...

A quick garlic question: I don't have a heated / warm greenhouse (only a flimsy plastic windbreak type of thing) - would I be best starting my garlic off inside on a bright window or is it better off in the cooler outdoor shelter? I've never grown it before and I don't want to kill it off before it gets started! =)

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Nate - the garlic will be fine if you get it in the ground straight away. It doesn't have to be heated but starting off with shelter or in pots I find gives it a good head start.

 
At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Nate said...

Thanks, Matron - looking forward to getting my garlic started now!

 
At 2:41 AM, Blogger Bangchik said...

Oh.., lettuce, a veggie I have been trying to germinate but fail each time. :) ~bangchik

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Dan said...

The lettuce is looking good! I neglected to start any late lettuce, starting to regret it now.

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Bangchik - not surprised you have trouble germinating lettuce, it doesn't germinate if it is too warm. If at all possible find a cool place for it to germinate.

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Wow. You're very well organised! I'm waiting for my garlic to arrive so I can get it planted.

 
At 7:42 AM, Blogger TYRA said...

They look great, a great start for the growing season 2011 ;-)

Tyra

 

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