Growing on, potting up, transplanting,crops for resilence

Full sun and high wind greeted us and the tender seedlings at this training/workshop at the Clapham Common Bandstand Beds yesterday. We were all maybe a little fragile, unused to such high UV and being buffeted, but felt like a good start on planting had been made.

We had Heritage Seed Library French drying beans, and borlotti beans that had been grown in root trainers (see below for more info), which Bob and Bruce liked a lot.  The beans were puddled in with a good amount of water, taking care not to get water on the leaves.

We pricked out and potted up some of the many quinoa seedlings, and some kale too (see this blog on the crops). Lastly, we transplanted some nasturtiums by which time cafe-goers and passers-by joined in.


Friday 1st June 2 – 3.30 Planting out our squash, potting on our quinoa, building wigwams for beans – join us or stop by for a chat

Saturday 9th June Join us for the Clapham Common Great Compost Giveaway Part II 11 – 2.30 Another chance to find out about the resilience crops planted and how you can get involved

Root trainers is a proprietry brand module system that encourages good downward root growth.  The sides are grooved and there is a hole at the bottom so you can see how far downward growth has progressed.  Also, when the roots reach the bottom and go through the hole, they are ‘air pruned’, ie they stop growing in the drier environment, and this encourages secondary roots, making the plant stronger for planting out. The cells open like a book and you ease out the whole package into the planting hole. Root trainers are quite expensive, but you can easily re-use them lots of times if you are careful.  In addition, they are made of recycled plastic.  Many people say cardboard toilet roll is a good alternative.  However, you do not know what chemicals were in the pulp or what glue has been used.  In addition, you don’t get the air pruning effect as the rolls and compost have to sit with their bottoms in a damp tray.  Lastly, the cardboard is prone to going mouldy.

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