Anything I sow in mod trays, I plant up the whole module, then see who is lookiing really well after a wk or so. rather than disturb any roots, I chop off the weaker spares at soil level, then the roots just rot down in the soil and feed the others. I always try not to disturb roots of any veg.
Perennials don't seem to give a bugger, so I'm quite hard on them. Some can be as bad as weeds!
Have been told that tiny root of a beet root can go as deep as six feet into the soil. Not terribly relevant when the discussion is about seeds, modules etc, but just the sort of esoteric gem I love. Makes all the difference when my allotment produce is iffy.
Oooh! Verdun, wish I had your snail! I paint them with nail varnish to check on their doings. I could put a cat bell on yours so I would know she didn't wander too far.
The beetroot I sowed direct about 3 weeks ago are looking fine, although the rows are a bit muddled at one end as the fence was painted after the beetroot were sown, and think they got walked on a bit - still, we will have beetroot
The problem is Verdun, that I'm having problems distinguishing the seedlings from the ash tree seeds that have sprung up (as usual) all over the veg patch - it's not helped by the fact that my newest glasses broke the other day, and I've reverted to my previous pair
I think I've got most of the ash seedlings weeded out Verdun - it was a bit of a hands and knees job rather than using the hoe as I usually would.
Thanks everyone for the trips. I hope i will have a better crop this year. Previous years
haven't been very good due to a cold summer and alot of rain.Just to mention i have sown the seeds into the ground.Hopefully starting in the greenhouse will be better.