Yes, it’s a little daring planting out the squash and pumpkin quite this early but I have been watching the forecast and it looks like we are due some warm nights and if we do get a last minute frost, I will cover them in cloches and hope for the best! I know a few friends that have lost potatoes and beans to the recent cold snaps, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the weather.
I only have 6 well germinated plants, I say well germinated but I’m sure you’ve spotted the tiny pathetic ‘Butternut’ in the middle bottom, I have shoved an extra seed in the pot direct in the hope of germination in case it doesn’t make it! So the list is:
- Turk’s Turban
- Butternut Harrier F1
- Mariana di Chioggia
- Dill’s Atlantic Giant
Sadly the Sweet Dumpling and Crown Prince didn’t germinate. I’m not sure if it was because I used my own seed or not? Either way it’s probably a good thing as I only have 6 giant pots, the rest are a little small for planting Squash.
OK, so I removed the top layer of soil from last year and replaced with manure and then a bag per pot of John Innes 3 to give them a good start. I hope that using the same pots as last year wont make me prone to early powdery mildew, I figure our slightly harsher Winter has killed of a lot of the garden diseases but I guess we”ll see. The seedlings are now in and have been well watered, they are having a little sunbath but I will cover them in cloches later so it isn’t too much of a shock being outdoors for the night. I am also unsure if the evil pigeons will try and eat them so might have to cover with netting, I discovered lots of feathers in the garden yesterday so one must have been munched, I have to admit I couldn’t resist a little ‘happy dance’ 😉