Check out our videos containing some useful tips on how to sow and dig-in Green Manure.
We thought we would share some of our favourite herb flower photos with you as it is often considered that by allowing herbs to flower it will be at the cost of flavour, but we hope you will agree that by letting 1 or 2 flower your garden/veg plot will be much improved.
Herb flowers are edible too! It is not just the foliage that can be eaten – a sprinkle of the tiny delicate flowers can add a touch of elegance, difference, colour & flavour to a salad & they are becoming increasingly popular frozen in ice-cubes in fashionable drinks.
Bees, butterflies & beneficial insects love herb flowers too and by encouraging these perfect pollinators your garden/plot will be positively buzzing with a hive of activity. The flowers themselves are so pretty they make a lovely addition to the flower garden themselves.
If you are short of space in the garden/veg plot or if your soil doesn’t suit a particular variety just grow them in containers, they will be perfectly happy & you can even place near your kitchen door for easy & quick fresh pickings.
Herbs are some of the most rewarding, easy & flavoursome plants to grow and their flowers are a real bonus.
One of our bugbears is flimsy seed-trays that snap and break when you are moving from one place to another. We love sturdy seed trays as they last years but have found them increasingly hard to buy. We also like to sow 1 variety per tray and when sowing in small amounts like 20 Chilli Seeds or 10 tomato seeds, a mini small tray is ideal.
We’ve been waiting for it to warm up so we could sow our carrots outside and then last week a thick blanket of snow covered our veg plot and it’s still there!!!!
So this year we have decided to get sowing some carrot seeds into pots in the greenhouse as they do really well in containers, as long as the pot is deep enough. We are going to mix up some lovely Solar Yellow with Cosmic Purple and good old Chantenay for our own rainbow mix of carrots. We will then harvest some at baby carrot stage and allow others to grow onto full size.
So all is not yet lost and lets hope the snow melts soon, we can cloche our plot and sow some carrot seeds outside too!
‘Transplant Shock’ is the sudden collapse of seedlings when potted on and is due in part to a sudden change in temperature of surrounding area, compost & water.
Chillies & Tomatoes are prone to this at seedling stage but to minimize its occurrence we make sure that the day before transplanting, the seedlings have had adequate water and the potting on compost & water are placed in the greenhouse to warm up. When transplanting we work quickly popping the seedling back into the heated propagator as soon as it has been potted on & watered.
The photos show chilli seedlings 1/2hr after potting on drooping with transplant shock and then 2 hours later when they have perked up. Generally there is no significant check to the plants growth and they will continue quite happily as long as they have been transplanted quickly, watered & returned to the conditions they were in.