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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

#BulbsforBulbs

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For the past few years I've been the proud (if somewhat overwhelmed) owner of an allotment close to my home. It's been something of a learning curve, but last year I managed to successfully grow a range of vegetables and it's a pretty good feeling to be eating something you've grown yourself.

One thing which I think would make my allotment life better would be a greenhouse, but that's a fairly big project and lately there have been other things which have had to take priority. So, for the seeds which can't be grown so easily directly sown into the ground, I tend to utilise my windowsills at home, grow the seedlings in the warmth and then transport them to the plot when they're a little bigger.
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The only problem with this is that I don't often receive a lot of direct sunlight - my windows don't seem to face the right way for that. Luckily, Lightbulbs Direct had a solution for me. They sent me a gardening parcel with one of their LED lamps to try out. They have a little #BulbsforBulbs competition running, too, where you have to submit a photo of your indoor garden in order to be in with a chance of winning a hamper.

I've put it on a timer switch, so that the strawberry plants and the chive seeds they sent me will receive light for about 10hrs per day, as they would if they were outside (but a little warmer). They've been planted for a little while now, but I've not seen any signs of life. I have high hopes, though. How fab it will be to eat strawberries which I've grown myself!

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Here are the other bits I'm currently growing on the windowsill, all of which will be off to the plot when they're big enough. 

Are you growing anything this year?

10 comments:

  1. I'd love a greenhouse (and a shed lets be honest) but they would end up having to go where my veg patch is. Michigan winters are long and cold so I have to start some of my seeds (ones that I'm not sowing directly into the soil) like my sunflowers and my cuttings from last year inside. Luckily I have a large garden window which has about a 20" deep still which is just crammed with seedlings at the moment. Could def do with some more light in the winter though! Luckily most of the veg and all my wildflower seeds are direct sowing into the grown so that lows the need for space and lowers the likelihood of me killing them before they ever make it into the ground!

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    1. I'd love one too but I don't really have the space for a full-size one on my plot.I'm doing okay with the growing so far, though.

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  2. I manage chives and salad leaves, despite being the proud owner of a large, albeit shabby, greenhouse. I really should try harder!

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    1. I've got quite a lot planted so far this year - I hope I can keep on top of it this time around,

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  3. I'm so.inspired to plant seeds this year as am staying with a friend who has an allotment x

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    1. Oh, lovely! It's becoming more fun, I think.

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  4. I'd love an allotment, I've thought about looking into it before. I'm pretty sure there are some near me so I should really just do it, but I worry about getting bored of it. I'd love to grow indoors but there's just no space in our tiny flat!

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    1. I've ended up sharing half of mine with a friend's daughter as I was finding the whole plot a little overwhelming. I'm much more focussed on the smaller space as it seems more manageable.

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  5. Have you seen those polythene growhouses? They're very affordable and a good greenhouse substitute for now. My Mum has one and it works really well. Would save your windowsills a bit!

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    1. Oooh, I might have a go with one of those!

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