Spring activity in the greenhouse

Posted: Wednesday 2 April 2014
by Pippa Greenwood

There's a real buzz of activity in my greenhouse at the moment, all the more sweeter as it's taken so long to come.

Pippa sowing seeds

There's a real buzz in my greenhouse at the moment and it's not due to a constant stream of bumblebees coming through the windows, which is the case in my house. It's a buzz of activity that feels all the sweeter because it has taken so long to come.

I've been sowing seeds: a few courgettes, some last-minute tomatoes, ‘Swift’ and ‘Lark‘ sweetcorn (I always find these early-cropping varieties capable of producing an amazingly good crop even in a rather grotty summer) and more ‘Ironman' calabrese.

The potatoes are now mostly ready for planting, so a couple have already gone into containers. I plant the majority in open ground as I always find this gives me the heaviest, tastiest crops. Flowers and vegetables that were sown earlier have suddenly put on a lot of growth. Some are needing regular applications of a liquid feed, as they soon use up the nutrients in the compost. 

Some late-sown sweet peas have just been pinched out to encourage lots of good flower-bearing, bushy growth and the small tomatoes and peppers are romping away.

The greenhouse really is a lovely and exciting place. And the great thing is that I know it will be full of action for months and months. Spring really is here.

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kimmy b from england 08/05/2014 at 13:43

So jealous !!!!! I lost my greenhouse in a north, north westerly last year......still its not stopped me getting my hands dirty, just miss my den, got 2 little plastic ones from Aldis :-( not the same....need a new one....just waiting for my last chicken to drop off the perch and I will have the perfect place for a new one, but as yet the lady is not for turning....:-)

flowering rose 08/05/2014 at 13:49

I love hiding in the green house ,I can hear the birds and bees buzzing about and lose myself in transplanting seedlings and of course a hot cup of tea as well.

Orchid Lady 08/05/2014 at 17:42

I think I'm going to lose myself in my GH later, I have some chillies to repot so a good excuse......great when I need space 

JPSterckx 20/05/2014 at 17:45

Will my sons sweetcorn grow in the greenhouse?