This batch of snow has meant that we could not get the car out of our street, and the first year in many when I didn’t own a 4×4. Subsequently, I have not managed to get to the allotment for some time now. Concerned with the amount of snowfall, I was conscious that the greenhouse roof might not be able to withstand all that snow, and collapse under the weight.
There was only one option – walk! It is a fifteen minute drive to my allotment, so I had quite a walk ahead of me in some really quite bad weather. Naturally, I took a flask of tea that would be me reward once I arrived. The snow was quite deep in a number of places and was almost as deep as the height of my flask; and far deeper than that where the snow had drifted.
I need not have worried, when I arrived at the allotment I found that the wind had probably kept most of the greenhouse roof clear. There was very little weight on it, I was very relieved,. A couple of sweeps from a broom took off most of the ice and snow. Although the thermometer in the greenhouse stood just above freezing, it seemed really warm inside. So much so that I had to take my jacket off while enjoying my reward of hot tea ahead of my long walk back home.
Finally, the sets of Sturon that I planted in cell trays in the greenhouse on March 27th this year are ready to be planted out into their final growing position.
These, as well as the Red Barron have done really well again this year in the greenhouse, unlike the seeds of Giant onions which are still looking very worse for ware.
Each onion was set 8.5 inches and one boards width apart, this provides lots of space for all to reach their full potential. With each onion I put a sprinkling of onion fertiliser and watered them in well. Although it started to rain just as I was finishing the last row. We are actually forecast to get very, very cold with even the possibility of frosts and potential snow!
I had a couple of sets left over. I will plant these out with the Red Barron which I will put in later this week.
It’s been some time since I wrote an update on the giant onions; they are not doing very well at all.
I have had all the windows open in the greenhouse so they have had ample air flow. I have also tried them in the propagator inside the greenhouse incase they were getting too much sun. I have left them to dry out and I have also sat them in a thin layer of water. Everything I try is leaving the seedlings white at the tips and then simply keeling over and dying.
After doing at little research on this it looks like no matter what I have tried they have damping off disease. From what I have read, it is possible to combat this with placing ground cinnamon around the seedling as this kills the disease. I am not convinced but have given it a try.
The greenhouse seems quite bare at the moment. I’m not sure if I am behind with my planting this year.
Sowing more seeds today for the garden and the allotment.
Morning Glory, Californian Poppy, Busy Lizzie, Petunia, broccoli (Calabrese), Agastache, and a Foxglove that will flower in the first year ‘Foxy’.