Grow your own or The Day of the Triffids

It was only a month or so ago that we planted our first seeds curious as to what we would be able to grow and now our kitchen window sill is a mass of greenery. So much it’s beginning to get on my nerves to tell the truth. It’s looking cluttered and a bit too much but until the fear of frost has passed I have to keep them indoors or risk losing the lot which would be a shame as I’m looking forward to reaping my summer produce.

We started with tomatoes as having successfully grown them in the past and boasted about them to anyone who would listen. Since replanting the seedlings I have given 10 plants away to my brother (which probably didn’t make it this far) and to my niece Rosie and nephew Billy (which stand more of  a chance of survival) I am still left with around 30 tomato plants that are coming on stronger day by day. I added some sunflower seeds for the girls to enter into the Gravesham sunflower contest, we have to grow the tallest by 31st July 2011 and to top off My First Allotment I have courgette, dwarf runner bean and pumpkin (for Halloween) plants all looking healthy and ready to go. I have also bought two strawberry plants which are starting to flower.

So when should I move them outside? I asked my neighbours, both retired and season veg growers but they shook their heads at me, sucked in breath between their lips and tutted their reactions basically telling me they didn’t want to let on the magical moment. Cloches, one mentioned and I must admit to free up kitchen surface I am tempted but I don’t have any cloches and need to investigate this option further.

So I am torn between moving the whole lot outside to fare for themselves and regain my kitchen surfaces or keeping them in for another fortnight and not being able to see out of the kitchen window. Maybe it’s time to consult Alan Titchmarsh to see what he would do.

What would you do? All advice greatly accepted and have a lovely week


  1. Jean
    April 4, 2011 / 12:10 PM

    I’ll have you know those tomato plants are coming along a treat on the windowsill ;)

  2. Debbie
    April 4, 2011 / 5:27 PM

    My mum grows seedlings for me in her greenhouse. We have a tradition that I go down & pick them up over May Day Bank holiday. She seems to think May is the best month for planting out – and her garden is always lovely

    • Mari
      April 5, 2011 / 8:56 AM

      I shall keep that in mind although I was hoping to free my kitchen up before hand….I may turn the porch into a jungle for a month….

  3. April 5, 2011 / 10:41 AM

    They all look fabulous! I agree with Debbie, my mum always seems to be planting out in May when there’s little chance of a frost, she has a traditional English Garden that I am very jealous of! Perhaps you should investigate those little pop up green houses in the meantime so you can free up some space indoors!? Emma :)

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