Home­grown toma­toes worth the ef­fort

The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON - LYNDA HALLINAN

up sprout­ing. Place the trays or pots in a warm spot, such as in­side a hot water cup­board. As soon as you see signs of ger­mi­na­tion, re­move the plas­tic and move the pots into a brightly lit lo­ca­tion in­doors, such as a sunny win­dowsill. They need as much nat­u­ral light as pos­si­ble or they’ll grow tall and spindly (leggy). Once they are 3-5cm tall, move them un­der a cloche or to a tun­nel­house for bet­ter light. The seedlings will need re­pot­ting into larger pots of pot­ting mix af­ter a month. They will be ready to trans­plant at Labour Week­end. yet, but they will at least be think­ing about it! (Even though the first lo­cally grown as­para­gus spears are avail­able in shops al­ready, my first spears don’t emerge un­til early Oc­to­ber.) Re­move any weed growth around both of th­ese crops and mulch them well to stop an­other rash of weed seeds ger­mi­nat­ing in spring. No weeds also means no place for slugs and snails to hide, while mulching also helps in­su­late the soil, warm­ing it up just a notch. from plot to plate.

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