Now that the temperature is really warming up, I am planting some of my more tender seeds in a heated propagator in the greenhouse. These veggie really don't like the cold so hopefully in a couple of weeks' time when I plant them out all danger of frost will have passed. I obtained a variety of Purple Runner Bean from Gwilym at the Aeron Vale Allotment Society.
He has been trying to breed his own variety of dark coloured runner bean. I will grow only this variety this year to avoid cross pollination - then share some seeds.
I used up some of my toilet rolls, then made some paper pots from newspaper. This will give the beans a nice start with a long root run. I can plant out the whole paper pot without disturbing the roots too much.
I am looking forward to growing quite a few varieties of veggies from Franchi Seeds. There are so many lovely varieties of veggies from Seeds of Italy
with each variety traditional to a particular area of Italy. Most of these do really well in the UK climate. These two cucumber varieties are 'melon cucumbers' which have a really lovely crisp, fresh texture of a melon and the taste of a cucumber. One of these Cetriolo Melone is from Arbruzzo, and the other from Manduria.
and... there I was minding my own business in the greenhouse when I spotted an intruder on my patch!
How dare he! This is why I can never plant a row of seeds in my own patch!! he just uses it as his own private toilet! Poor Leo is resting indoors at the moment, recovering from a small stroke last week. He is improving day by day, but a bit too wobbly on his pins to chase this intruder away. So, after grabbing my camera and taking a few pics.... I chased him away! Shoooo!