Time for me to repot courgette seedlings

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My courgette seedlings really cannot wait any longer. They are urging me to repot them, to remove them from their shallow seed tray and put them into a more spacious pot.

Each seedling now sports four leaves and is growing bigger each day.

The cauliflower and tomato seeds I planted more recently have also started growing, although they look much more fragile than the courgette seedlings.

This weekend I am going to plant a host more seeds and then spend the rest of the day looking for a place to put them.

I want to plant some more broad beans in order to prolong the harvest, plus some lettuce. As food prices increase, this seems like the most sensible option.

Now that the days are lighter for longer, our chickens are producing eggs regularly.

We are now getting three eggs a day, which is a great help in these difficult economic times.

With half a dozen free range eggs costing around £1.60 in the supermarkets, I can’t help but feel smug that in return for some chicken feed (at about £8 a bag, that lasts around 6-7 weeks) and the leftovers from our plates, our three chickens supply us with enough eggs to keep us going.

I just need to make sure that the chickens don’t ‘free range’ too much once the seedlings are transplanted outside.

Although they are partial to the odd slug or three, they will also indiscriminately dig up, peck at and chomp on any greenery they find.

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