HARDEN OFF TUNNELHOUSE SEEDLINGS
Move seedlings out from your tunnelhouse where they were sown as seeds last month
and harden them off in a sheltered space in preparation for planting out into the open garden. The rough conditions we’ve had lately will pass and the temperatures will rise to normal levels as soon, as they say, as school starts again! I don’t know if that’ really true, but I hope it is, as we’ve been very patient. If we are blessed with a long, hot, late summer and autumn, veges that are planted now will catch up and produce good crops – well, perhaps it’s too late for sweetcorn and pumpkins, but southern gardeners never give up and are ever hopeful of pleasant surprises. Another thing to remember is to water your outdoor seedlings as well. Although it may seem wetter than usual, the wind dries out soil very quickly, so any water the plants may have received can be lost to the air and they won’t do well as a result of the dryness. does appear, it pays to drop everything and sneak outside for a quick bask. Productivity in plants falls when light levels are low, and the same thing happens with us. A cheerful outlook makes all the difference, and a sunny, cloudless day certainly helps.