Red pepper Redskin F1 from Lord Nelson (first try with these)
Sown indoors 28.2.2015
8 seeds in seed compost topped with vermiculite
Aubergine Moneymaker Nr.2 F1 from Lord Nelson (same variety as last year)
Sown indoors in pots 28/2/2015
5 seeds in seed compost
Time to start sowing. I'm off to the Garden Centre to get some seed compost and then it's time to restyle our living room into a heated greenhouse! The arrangement works quite well, but it means we are surrounded by plants for almost 3 months until we can move everything to Pojo.
I've ordered seeds from Marshalls again but only the varieties that I struggle to find here. They deliver seeds-only orders to EU countries but annoyingly their website can only deal with UK postcodes so I had to phone in the order. I got my French beans, broad beans, butternut squash and a few other things from there. I also bought seeds from seedaholics which has some heritage varieties and a few unique varieties such as Squash F1 Autumn Crown which is a fast maturing hybrid between Crown Prince and a butternut squash: looks like a pumpkin but tastes like butternut. And then I got some Lord Nelson seeds from the local hardware store, Nelson is a Nordic company. I have been scouring Lidl for the "Saladin" cucumber seeds that I bought two years ago - so far no luck, but they were a German variety from Sperli and just perfect for our conditions so I might just order them online.
My new laptop refuses to recognise the weather station so I am back on the old hp Touchsmart to update the winter weather data.
It has been an exceptionally mild winter with temperatures mostly hovering around zero. There were a few dramatic dips though especially during the Christmas holidays:
On 26th December at midnight we had -15.3C and the coldest temperature of the winter so far was on 29th December at midday when the mercury hit -20C. In January the coldest day was 6th (I was in the UK!) at -17.7 and then on the 12th we had a milder -12.9C. In between the chilly dips we had many frostless days culminating in a positively balmy +11.9C on the 11th February which could well be warmer than last year's midsummer when I spent two days in bed with flu.
Then the temperatures dipped again briefly during Valentine's weekend but climbed just above zero during the day. We had cloudless skies and a magnificent view of the Milky Way when we took our sauna on Sunday night.