Sunday, 15 January 2012

The end of the beginning

Today i sowed the last of the alliums under grow lamp. The small onions i am using will be 'toughball' from medwyns seeds. I also put in a pinch of the blanch leeks and pot leeks to use as replacements for the couple that haven't germinated in the batch from boxing day. These seeds need regular watering now and increase in size every day which is good to see. There is now a break in the seed sowing diary and I will use this time to mix the carrot compost for short and long types. The recipe will be a follows:

4 parts peat
1 parts sand
1 parts vermiculite
1 part topsoil

For every 7 gallons of this mixture (which will be put through a 1/4 inch sieve to remove any debris that will cause the roots to fork) add 1oz of super phosphate and sulphate of potash and 2oz of lime and calcified seaweed. The first two ingredients come with a fairly small grain and can be added straight but the lime and calcified seaweed need to be ground to a fine powder by either using an old blender or manually by pestle and mortar.

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