These are from Roma VF
seed. I think they were started at the begging of February - my Father grew the from seed in his conservatory - as space where they could get light was limited, and due to them coming from 3" pots - they are a little leggy (long). They should have been put in 5" pots 10 days to two weeks ago, but they will come good.
These are Alicante
- quite an early tomatoe - I hope to be eating these the third week in July. In future years I will sow and plant earlier and heat the greenhouse - I will be looking to get a crop coming off the first week in July. They have a beautiful taste and smell.
These are Sweet Million
- a very tasty cherry tomatoe - I think I will be keeping my salt pot in this part of the greenhouse. You will also see some in 5" pots - these are a mix of Roma and Alicante - I will let them recover in the 5" pots with more space and then sell them - it will cover the costs of pots, seeds and seed compost.
The greenhouse has only been up fully for a week. It is built on 10" high kerb edging stones, with a brick wall path I build down the centre with the paving stones on top of the bricks. The bricks are on top of cinder blocks. The soil space was filled with 4" inch of two month old manure, 2" of ridled loam, 2" of made compost and 2" inch of bought compost, which worked out as eight 100 litre bales.
You will also see some plants coming on. Some cabbages which are pretty good for nothing as they have gone really leggy chasing light (I have more in my seed bed so no worries), some leeks (Mussleborough) and some onions (Kelsae). I have some onion sets in at the moment I put in a week or so back (Sturion). The onions from seed I will plant out in the next couple of weeks, the leeks I will plant soon as an early crop, I allways plant my winter leeks in the potato bed when I take up my potatoes which will be late July to mid August depending on how I feel they are doing.
I have also been turning one of my compost heaps. It is lined ar the back and sides with 3'x2' paving stones to it is 16' long at the back with a divider in the middle to seperate compost breaking down from fresh and stuff that is read to go.
This one mostly contains stable manure - wood shavings, shit and piss; pature manure - manure picked from the pasture to keep it clean and seaweed.
The sea contains all of the minerals ever needed, and as such, seaweed is a brilliant garden suppliment. I live about 10 miles from the coast and make a couple of trips a year to fill up the back of my truck. It is hard work getting the bags off the beach as the place I go you have to walk up and down steps in a cliff.
A lot of people do not like stable manure with wood shavings in it as it takes a relativly long time to break down as compared to stable manure where straw was used as bedding. Good staw manure can be used in 6-8 weeks for any purpose, but it can take up to a year to get it like the following with wood shavings in the mix.
Any wood shavings you can see on that stuff have come from the neighbouring heap. You can see it is ritch. To get that volume of compost I would have started off with a pile 30' x 12 x 8' of raw material. I also add crushed basalt / granite mix - volcanto give a long term release of minerals and chicken manure pellets. These are their to help give a source of nitrogen to break down the wood, as it takes a lot. The bags of pasture manure help give a nitrogen boost but to really get the compost flying I add pelleted chicken manure. The price has gone up 30% this year on last so that is pretty crap. I also have to pay haulage on my crushed rock where as delivery was free in the past, but if you want good compost, you have to make the effort.
You will see that with the first compost heap it looked damp - I was turning it all using a manure fork and my long handled spade shovel thing - they both have 5' handleds and are easy to work with if you are strong enough, a lot less bending.
What do you think?