Temperatures had been hovering under 10 degrees celsius over the past few weeks and I’d managed to harden off the seedlings so that I was able to leave the cold frame open for most of the daytime, closing it with it slightly agar over night. Now the temperatures have cooled right down and daytime temperatures are closer to zero during the daytime and dropping this week to below zero. So I’m leaving the frame slightly open during the day and will close completely or cover it when it drops to its coldest.
Growth so far has been slow but steady.
Rocket salad and Lamb’s lettuce is still small but look healthy. The Red Giant and Cerbiatta are noticeably bigger and are doing by far the best. The Mizuna is struggling and I may replace the weaker plants with some Winter Purslane which is doing really well on my window sill. Some of the Merveille de quatre saisons salad is beginning to develop its distinctive orange tinge on its leaves.
But there’s been a visitor in one of the planters…
I found a glistening trail on the soil and a few leaves with bits chomped out of them (see above)…The unmistakable calling card of a slug. I checked all the planters and I couldn’t find it lurking anywhere. Luckily there’s no significant damage but I’m thinking of getting some copper tape to put around the rim of the planters or put more sharp gravel around the base. I need to be vigilant; I don’t want the little critters to have a feast before I do!