Seedlings are coming up everywhere! My greenhouse shelves are stuffed to bursting point with vegetables. The labels are made from plastic milk bottles which I just rinse out and cut into strips. I use plastic milk bottles for all sorts of things actually - they make great scoops for chicken and horse feed, as well as all sorts of little collars for young plants.
I've decided to try a slightly different approach in the greenhouse bed this year. I've planted my tomatoes and cucumbers in large 7.5 litre pots, which I have cut the bottoms out of. They have wonderful local compost in them, full of nutrients, and this means I have packed them in much closer than normal. I am hoping this will have several advantages : I can water the pots and avoid wetting the rest of the soil, which should cut down the weed growth, as well as use less water. Plants in pots above the ground should mean that they don't get damaged by the cats, who sleep on the beds , or worse! And of course, more plants, should hopefully mean more fruit! My main worry about this system is that the drier bed might 'suck' all the moisture out of the pots very quickly, but that doesn't seem to be happening.
I've been watching the foals out on the commons this week. Here is that foal again - it's a filly. This is one that is likely to make a good price at pony sales. The foals from this herd averaged nearly £400 each last year ( the average price at sales was £65 ish). There are now several foals with good spotted markings. Here is another (not 'Paddington') that is nicely marked.