Oh sorry forgot, this is a blog about gardening. Legs will do that to me. So check these legs out... Whoot Whoo!
So are long legs sexy on plants? Well they don't look as good and I get the impression they don't perform well as vegetables. My understanding is that a plant goes leggy (as it is called) when its been getting less than ample light. As a result it attempts to source more by growing taller.
So what would be the result if I planted my leggy seedlings? Or should I just feed them to the chickens and start again?
So why did we end up with leggy seedlings in the first place? Well prior to now we sowed seeds straight into the ground or purchased established seedlings. Sowing seeds directly was easy because we had bare soil. But now after everything I have read and heard we will now maintain a heavy layer of mulch at all times. As I can't imagine sowing seeds directly in to these new beds being to successful we have started raising them first in pots.
So back to why our seedlings are leggy... Being our first real attempt at it we did not have a suitable seedling location organised and simply put them on the BBQ under the veranda. Clearly there was not enough light.
On Sunday we spent an hour, if not two, just trying to work out on what and where we should raise them. No single spot seemed perfect for both summer and winter thus we finally decided to experiment with a temporary portable solution.
Using a wooden Kitchen bench, nothing but the best for our seedlings, located at the edge of the pergola under a grape vine we hope this provides adequate light while keeping them cool. Time will tell.
I am very interested in what other solutions people have come up with. And do you find long legs sexy, or better still do you have long legs?