The sun is shining from spring, the frost is returning, and I can no longer keep my fingers off the ground - so today has been christened Great Planting Day. Both broccoli, kale and cauliflower have been standing in their small pots in the greenhouse since November, and despite a transplant to something larger in the middle of winter, the roots were lacking space. As the ground temperature at the same time this morning was + 2 ° (with the arrow up) in both the fog bench and the tunnel bed, there was no reason to postpone the relocation any longer.
The cabbage was planted both in the manure bank and together with some cauliflower in the tunnel bed. It will be fun to see if there is a difference in the development, as I guess that the soil temperature in the tunnel bed of 240 × 120 can hold up better than it can in a manure bench of almost 1 m2 due to the larger area (and maybe also volume).
In the manure bench, there were already 9 spit bowls that were sown in August and planted out in October, in contrast to the 4 that were planted in the spaces that were sown in September. There is not much difference in the size of them, so I bet that "the old" does not suffocate "the new". In previous years, I have been able to plant a total of 13 spikes in the manure bench at the same time in March, and all have had enough space with only 35-40cm in between.
Written by Peter Norris, March 20, 2018