>About a week ago we installed the terracotta pot watering system, as suggested by Kate at Hills and Plains seedsavers, but a less sophisticated system than hers. We‘ve started with four pots and plugged the holes in the bases with corks. We dug holes for them and filled in the space around them with a mix of soil and compost. We‘ve used old floor tiles as lids and unlike Kate have not connected them to a hose for filling up. We may do this next year, but this time we‘re just going to fill them up with a watering can or a hose by hand.
Once the row of pots were in, I sowed haricot verts (French beans) around the pots. I watered the soil where the seeds were, around the pots, until they germinated. Now that they have germinated we‘re watering straight into the pots and it seems to be working well. The soil around the pots seems to be damp all the time. And, an added bonus, the snails have left the seedlings alone. I think this is because the surface of the soil isn‘t damp. In the past we‘ve lost whole rows of haricots to the snails and had to use snail pellets to protect them.
And an update on the prickly pear cuttings:
The four cuttings have grown quite an extensive root system in only three weeks. This surprised me as the information I could find suggested that they would take some months to root.
Two of the plants have now been transplanted to the garden. I‘m hoping to grow the other two in pots outside the house.