Top Tips for Gardeners…

When you’re raising seedlings in the shed and you decide to rotate the modules so that they don’t develop a permanent yearning lean towards the light …

… it is customary to rotate them 180° around an axis at right-angles to the floor and not, as I did, drop them butter-side-down fashion so that my neat little block of seedlings was suddenly transformed into 20 sad little piles of compost…

… I’ve repotted them as carefully as I could. Here’s hoping pea seedlings are tougher than they look.


13 Responses to Top Tips for Gardeners…

  1. WOL says:

    Whoops! I hope they make it, too. Looks like they had a fair start going. Is this what you mean by “chitting?” -(getting them started indoors, I mean, not dumping them upside down on the floor — LOL!)

  2. disgruntled says:

    well chitting is for parsnips and potatoes – sort of pre-sprouting. This is just starting things indoors, away from the mice and the slugs…

  3. WOL says:

    You need to find out what eats slugs and encourage them to eat yours. As much of a problem as it seems to be, you could keep some little slug-eating varmit(s) on the gravy train.

  4. emma c says:

    Aw shame! that’s my best trick too.. wiping out carefully nurtured seedlings in one fell swoop. I have planted my sweetpeas out already, and so far don’t seem to mind the cool nights. Chitted Monster Parsnip seedlings are now 3cm high and planted out too. So glad you gave me that tip!

  5. emma c says:

    Although, that said, your sunny-side-down seedlings look in better shape than my weedy looking ones. SPs are not my best plant. But I have high hopes for parsnips!

  6. disgruntled says:

    WOL – I need to get my slug traps going again. The landlord’s hens love slugs marinaded in slug beer
    Emma – I’d watch those parsnips if I were you. Are you sure you’re ready for monsters?

  7. Dom says:

    I trust that now the important tasks of re-potting the plants and blogging about it have been done you’ll be adding new columns to your spreadsheets so you can track the progress of dropped vs non dropped peas.

  8. Andy in Germany says:

    Well, I’ve done worse, but it’s nice to know I’m not alone…

  9. disgruntled says:

    Dom – I think it’s going to be a fairly binary outcome – dead or not dead. so far 2 are looking a bit squashed, the rest seem fine
    Andy – *intrigued*

  10. gz says:

    You can put the whole lot in a box,just a base and three walls, with the open side to the window.
    Paint the inside white (some people line it with foil).
    The theory is that the seedlings will not just be light seeking in one direction, and be less leggy.
    Hi, by the way! (via the Coffee Slut’s blog)

  11. disgruntled says:

    Might have to try that. Most of my seedlings just get started indoors but for things like the tomatoes it would be nice to stop them looking so desperate for light!

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