This week in the gardens, we weeded our seedlings. Weeding them stops the slugs from munching them, as well as preventing the soil from becoming crusty. If the soil’s crusty, it makes watering less effective. At this tender stage of the plant’s life, we need to give them a lot of care and attention.
We also hardened off our brassicas. Kale, summer cabbage, wallflowers, cauliflowers and brussels were all sown in late summer and autumn and have been living in Roger’s polytunnel since then. It’s now time to prepare them for being planted in the outside world, but so as not to shock them, this needs to be done step by step. They spend some days outside, and are brought in at night if we’re expecting a cold one. They’re now fairly hardy, and will be planted out once the field is dug and ready for them.