Gardening update – Dig In Challenge
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I decided to follow their advice to the letter, to see how I got on and hopefully to learn some new tricks!
On 1st May I planted squash and tomato seeds in pots on the dining table. Carrots were sown in a big pot containing compost and sand outside the back door. Lettuces were planted in a raised bed next to the carrots and beetroot were put in pots outside.
After 10 days I had a huge squash seedling appear! Along with it came two tomato seedlings and a few of the beetroot.
At around the same time, teeny carrots showed their heads (although I’m still trying to fathom out if they are weeds); likewise the lettuces.
Every now and again I’ve been sent a ‘tip’ from the DIG in team. This week’s was about carrots and it’s something I’ve heard a friend recommend.
They suggest starting off carrots in compost-filled sections of toilet rolls. When the seedling is a few inches high, you can transplant the entire tube in the ground, where it will rot naturally.
Last week’s tip was to use beetroot leaves as a crop. Did you know you could use them like spinach: Either eat the small leaves raw, or wilt the larger leaves – they are fab served with butter or olive oil and garlic as a side dish!
What about you? How is your planting coming along this year?
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