Rose’s comment on “More About Whole Leaf”.
My objective is to grow splendid plants.
Then you know what to do.
I am just on my way to the garden centre to pick up a new bag of John Innes No3 LOAM based compost, for sowing in little modules in my heated propagator this weekend along with the chillies.
Race you … : )
To which I replied, “You’re on!”
I presume that Rose did as she said she would. For myself, I just happened to have an unopened bag of ‘seed and cutting compost’ in the garage which I bought, but did not need, last spring. So, on Sunday, 13th Jan, I got out my little 40 cell crappy, unheated propagator and filled the cells with compost. I then seeded those cells. The propagator is now sitting in its favourite place – on the shelf in the kitchen over the radiator – where it did so well last year. There is already moisture coating the inside of the cover of the propagator (Eat Your Heart Out, Rose!).
The problem is that I am not quite sure what the competition is! I suppose that it must be to ‘grow splendid plants’ and that it is a race to grow the most splendid plants.
But we must put a date on it.
So…….. On the 1st May, I shall publish a pic of my most splendid plant to date. I trust that Rose will do the same. She can email me with an attachment and I promise faithfully to copy it here. [At Rose's suggestion, we have changed the date to Midsummer's Day]
1. Plants must be from seed sown about this time.
2. The measure of splendiferousness is:
a) Height above ground level, whether it be in a pot or in the ground, multiplied by width of widest leaf spread. (EG. 10cm X 12cm = 120cm squared).
b) Time of measurement: midday on Midsummer’s Day..
a) No special ‘accelerators’ permitted. Watering is OK and transplanting into bigger pots and change of compost/soils is OK.
b) Grow lamps and such are forbidden, but singing and playing music to the plants is permitted. Further, plants may be hugged.
c) The leaves of plants may be ‘misted’, but only with water. whiskey, gin, rum or vodka.
d) Chanting of mantras is not permitted (especially, “The McTear V Imperial Tobacco Case Sucks!”)
4. The Arbitrator and Judge is “Moi”, “L’Etat, c’est moi”. Unless I am deposed in the meantime, in which case I nominate “Legiron” to take on the duties of arbitrator and judge, unless he is deposed, in which case I nominate Sir Jimmy Savile.
5. All these rules may be ignored if Plain Packaging laws are proposed by the Health Dept.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE!
By the way, the seeds of Monte Calme Yellow, which came from the indoor plants, have germinated. They look horribly weak, but they are there.