I started sowing seeds the last week of August, I have a heated mat in my workshop where I started the first tray of flower seedlings and have now moved them to the greenhouse. I started them off in the soil blocks I made and they have continued to do well, the block are half coir which helps with retaining moisture and not dry out too quickly.
Grown from seed
- Rudbeckia – Indian summer
- corn cockle – ocean pearl
- Salvia – blue monday
- Scabiosa – mixed
- Zinnia – red spider
- Poppy – jelly beans
- Cosmos – sea shells
- Lots of tomatoes and capsicums when they sprout!!
My biggest challenge in the greenhouse is the radiating heat, we are only 2 weeks into spring and I have noticed that my newly sprouted seedlings and trays waiting to sprout have been drying out and have to be watered twice a day which is tricky.
The entrance of the greenhouse faces north and will be shaded by the apricot tree when it comes into leaf the same with the western side, it’s shaded by the nectarine, there is a fence on the eastern and southern aspects. This weekend just gone Mr GH. has made 2 removable shade frames to help reduce the amount of sun and we have removed 2 panels in the western wall for more ventilation. The largest panel is on the western side and one for the roof, we used white shade cloth which is 50% UV block and being white it reflects the heat.
I am really looking forward to seeing how it reduces that radiating heat over the coming months, making it possible to grow seedlings for longer in the greenhouse.
Every month Julie hosts a review of her greenhouse and invites us all to share what is happening in ours, thanks for having a look.