The pot size dilemma I mentioned a few days ago was quickly resolved, partly by helpful bloggers (as I knew it would) and also by the realisation that the potting tray which supposedly held 20 10cm pots was mislabelled, with the pots actually being 3″ or around 7cm and therefore only fractionally bigger than the other potting trays. Why I hadn’t twigged that before I don’t know, as they are so very obviously not 10cm or the 4″ equivalent – hey ho!
All the seedlings requiring pricking out have now been pricked out and the RHS seeds have been sown, other than the few that required chilling or stratification. The staging in the bigger greenhouse is crammed full of seedlings and space will become an even greater issue once those germinating inside have popped their noses above soil level (sometimes within only a day or two – so exciting!!) – a higher level narrow shelf is rapidly becoming a necessity! Although the half greenhouse has remained just about frost free without any heating it is not as warm during the day, presumably because the sun isn’t quite high enough to get to it behind its bigger brother, so I don’t want to move seedlings there too early.
Although it will probably be a couple of months before any of them are ready to be planted out it is still not to early to think about the cutting beds where some of them will be going. The two beds beside the greenhouse (bottom left) will have this change of use, whereas the bigger bed behind the wall (right) will be retained for some of the few edibles that will still be grown and the corner bed with the rhubarb could possibly have some ornamentals for cutting as well. I began using the former for ‘nursery beds’ last year to settle in various irresistable plant offers, so the process of finding a home for the occupants will need to start soon so the beds can be prepared – both of them have been giving up a regular offering of pebbles over the last few years which could do with being removed before anything else is done. And I now have my copy of Wellywoman’s book ‘The Cut Flower Patch’ to give me more guidance on growing specifically for cutting – do look out for it yourselves.