Update 2 on our Dig In gardening challenge
The aim of Dig In is to encourage everyone to grow their own. It’s all about getting stuck in and having a go, regardless of experience, time and garden size.
The seeds sent out to people were chosen because all crops do well in pots. So I’ve followed their instructions to the letter and now it’s time to report back!
Beetroot has been my greatest success with every seedling looking healthy and strong.
Every seed I sowed, germinated and has grown well. These are in pots of compost (normally I would grow in the ground), but they are looking robust and very happy.
I would say that half of the carrot seeds have germinated. Mr Green made a huge pot from old floorboards and I filled it with one third garden soil, one third horticultural sand and one third compost.
The seedlings that have sprouted are looking happy, but are small. Yesterday I planted more for a successional crop.
I sowed around 22 lettuce seeds and have three tiny lettuces poking their heads through the soil. I’m not sure why I had such a high failure rate – they are grown in a raised bed containing a mix of garden soil and compost. Still, if these three lettuces grow and are delicious then there is no great loss!
I planted three seeds and only one grew. It’s now been transplanted to a large pot filled with garden soil and compost. I’ve never grown squash before so this is a first for me. Apparently they are thirsty plants, so I’ve been giving it lots of water and love. It looks very happy and is growing well; enjoying its new space.
I planted 6 tomato seeds and have four plants. They look healthy, but small. I have now transplanted 2 of them into a large, compost-filled pot and popped one into the ground to see how it does. The remaining one is still in its original pot as it is quite small.
All in all things are going well. I’m delighted with the beetroot; espeically as they are one of my favourite vegetables and I’m looking forward to tasting my first ever home-grown carrot!
One of the tips from the BBC Dig In campaign this week was: Tomatoes that have grown spindly can be helped to develop strong roots by burying their stalk up to the first set of leaves.
How about you? What’s growing well in your garden this year?
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