Early Sowings

I started sowing a few seeds today, in-between the over-Wintering Lettuce in the coldframe. Just a few, then if they don’t work out it’s not the end of the world. I sowed a little Cauliflower (Gipsy), Carrot (Early Nantes 2) and some pointy Cabbage (Pyramid). All early varieties.

I’ve found in the past that the early Carrots do quite well in the coldframe. I can grow them quite close together (just not touching) since I will be harvesting them nice and young anyway.

The Cabbage I will transplant into the garden in early Spring so that they can grow to their final size. There really isn’t enough room in the coldframe.

And I just sowed a handful of Cauliflowers and will probably thin them to just three and then sow some more in about a month. I really don’t want a glut of Cauliflowers all ready at the same time and they take up so much room in the garden. Starting them early in the coldframe is the only way for me as they will be grown and harvested before the Cabbage whites can get to them.

3 Comments on “Early Sowings

  1. I’m so impressed by your early start (and a little jealous of your coldframe!) You have spurred me on to get out to the allotment this weekend. One of the old guys recommended growing carrots in old water butts, to avoid carrot fly. great idea; not as pretty as your cold frame though!

  2. Your lettuce looks very healthy – when did you sew these? With the evenings drawing out (especially over here in France as we are 1 hour ahead of the UK) I have been itching to start sewing. I think I might take the plunge and sew some lettuce in my greenhouse – which is not so warm since one side of the glass got smashed in a storm a few years ago – I long for produce from the garden again.

  3. Hmmm, I’ve been wondering about a cold frame – I’ve seen one in a sale but the panes are made of ribbed plastic and I wonder if it will become brittle after a season or two. I love the idea of early carrots – presumably also protected from carrot fly.