Have you ever wondered?

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Have you ever wondered if the claims that grafted tomato plants produce up to 75% more crop than seed grown plants are true? Well stay tuned because, with the help of Huntingdon Garden & Leisure Centre @HuntingdonGL , I’ll be putting this to the test.  I’ll give you regular updates on the progress so we will discover the results together.

If you have any friends that may be interested please forward my blog link to them so they can keep up-to-date first hand.

Thanks for reading. X

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Spuds are in!

So that’s it the potatoes are in the earth, well in the potato bags anyway.

Potatoes in bags

Potatoes in bags

and I’m trying another experiment, cucumbers in newspaper pots! I’ll let you know how they go.

Newspaper pots

Newspaper pots


By the way, propagator was birthday present last year from in-laws, so no lavishing spending here, I promise!

DIY cell plant pots

It was time to start sowing the veg seeds at last. I was at the garden centre and stood musing over whether I should buy some cell plant pots for the veg plants.  I just could not bring myself to part with the money and then I was struck with inspiration so I left without making a purchase and went home.  Luckily, at home, I had a collection of cardboard toilet roll inners (don’t ask!) so I gathered the collection and off I went to the shed. I have also been collecting plastic containers that the soft fruit comes in at the supermarket and thus combining the two, I created homemade plant cell inserts.

DIY plant cell inserts

DIY plant cell inserts

I cut the toilet roll inners in half to sow leeks, I plan to leave them in one piece to sow beans. I put grit in the bottom of the plastic trays and then put in the cardboard rolls and secured them in place with more grit around them. I filled the rolls with compost and sowed the seeds.

Filled DIY cell inserts

Filled DIY cell inserts

Hopefully the cardboard will hold together long enough to transplant the seedlings into the veggie beds and more so I hope the plants grow well in them. I’ll let you know.

 

Waste to Wanted

I have been on the hunt, for a little while now, for waste timber that I could acquire and then use to make a compost bin and a new raised veggie bed.  I was very lucky to spot a neighbour starting an extension to their home that involved taking down the existing garage.  So off I went and look what I came back with – old roof timbers. I’m very pleased!!

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So the next step is the build and I have hubby’s agreement to build for me on Saturday – watch this space!