Archive for April, 2011

Veggie plot update – 27/4/11

I note my spuds are roaring on in the grow bags so i’ve topped up again with more compost this evening and gave them a bit of organic grub.

I’ll need the space in the greenhouse soon and as temps remain high at night/early mornings I’ll be moving these outside this weekend.

Whilst I had a few minutes spare this evening, I filled a few more troughs and sowed another batch of mixed salad leaves, lettuce, rocket and another row of peas.

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We have another four day weekend break this weekend due to the Royal wedding so hopefully they’ll be plenty more fine weather for simply pottering about.

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Veggie plot update 22/4/11

With the continuation of this very unseasonable good weather we’re having, it was so nice to spend the whole day out in the garden yesterday.

I love having my iPhone with me whilst out littering about outside for those times when you just want to snap away!

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The first job of the day (and quite a chore really) was to give the pond pumps & filters a good scrub. Sadly, my backup pump has failed and I can’t get it going again. It’s been on the blink for some months now therefore I think it’s time I had a new one – maybe one with a fountain head this time to get some air into the water?

Second job was to lift out the overgrown mass of water lilies & thin them out a bit – a really mucky job!

Moving on to the veggie plot, the runner beans are ready for potting on.

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I've also repotted the dwarf French beans and with the peas, have moved them outside to get accustomed to the temps (I've been placing then in the greenhouse at night though).

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Over in the veggie beds, I’ve sown two varieties of carrots, beetroot, radish, onion, chard, lettuce & herbs. In the greenhouse I’ve sown another two trays of mixed salad leaves & earthed up the potatoes.

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I even had time to mow the lawn, prune & weed and on days like this, could have easily carried on until the morn!

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Veggie plot 2011 – update 20/4/11

The amazing summer-like weather is still with and doesn’t appear to show any sign of stopping. It’s doing wonders out in the garden, bringing colour & wildlife once again.

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The first few salad trays I’d sown are starting to show and should be ready for picking in a week. I’ll sow the second batch this weekend.

The potato seed first leaves are just above the soil surface now so will earth up this weekend. I’ll give it another week or so before moving the sacks outside. There’s plenty of room in the greenhouse anyway…..for now that is 🙂

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Back inside, the peas and beans are roaring on and will be repotting this Easter weekend and plan to sow another batch of peas.

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Also this weekend, will begin sowing out directly in to the veggie beds.

Hope you’re enjoying your plot.

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Snowdrops at Norwood

A fine morning here so thought I’d clear the cobwebs after a very late night at work and headed out on my bike.

Between Old Teversall village and the grounds of Hardwick Hall lies Norwood, a small, secluded woodland area which is a great for strolling, relaxing & spotting the odd woodpecker.

On arrival this morning, I was greeted by a carpet of Snowdrops which are out early this year due to the mild late winter & even warmer early spring.

One of the things I’m loving about my new iPhone is the great camera and multitude of camera/editing based apps which are perfect for the odd snap on cycle trips like this. Of course, it’ll never replace my DSLR, but for something as portable as this, simply loving it!

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Veggie plot 2011 – and we’re off…again.

Just a couple of pictures of the seeds I’d sown last weekend. One minute there’s nothing and the next they’re roaring on!

Cucumbers

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Runner beans

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…and away we go. First seed sowing session.

Last weekend we enjoyed the warmest temperatures this year and could easily have been mistaken for a sunny day in mid summer instead of early spring!

Taking advantage of the fine weather and using last years blog posts as a guide, I thought I’d start my first  sowing session of the year.

With all this lovely weather it’s easy to get a little carried away and start planting tender crops outside. However, more often that not we still get early morning frosts here as late as May so for the time being I’ll be sowing in trays/propagators inside and a few test early crops under glass in the greenhouse.

 

The first thing I wanted to do is plant out my seed potatoes  I’ve had chitting away these  past few weeks.

Having emptied and cleaned the grow sacks (just with a sponge and water), they’re ready to be used again. These were  part of a kit I ordered last year from Marshall Seeds – www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/

This year I’m sticking to just two varieties –  Charlotte (earlies) and Disiree (main crop). I’ve split both types into three sacks each with each sack containing five potatoes each. I’m not sure if this is too many or too few per sack but it seemed to work out just fine last year.

Here’s a few pictures of some of the seeds packets I’ve collected over the past few months along with those from last year that are still good to go.

I really like these six packet collections from Wilkinsons because not only are they great value and varied but they  often include veg I have little experience in growing and therefore are great for experimenting with before growing specialist varieties.

The salad leaves collection is a particular favorite of ours and have brought plenty for this years greenhouse. Like last year, i’ll growing in tubs in batches of three and repeating the process so that at any given time I have leaves just sown, leaves that are sprouting and leaves that are ready for picking.

I don’t have a potting table yet therefore I digged out an old table  from the garage and set up shop.

So, on that very fine Sunday afternoon I’d sown the following –

Cucumber – Telepathy (our favorite and 3rd year with these).

Cucumber – Socrates (mini ‘cumbers and very quick to grow, 3rd year with these)

Cucumber – Bush Champion (another mini and a 1st for me)

Onion ‘Spring’ – White Lisbon (another favorite and regular in the garden)

Tomato – Sweet ‘n’ neat yellow (a 1st for me but parents have been growing for years. Very sweet and unusual taste for a tom)

Peppers (varied) – Never been very succesful with these but I’m keen to try again.

Peas

Dwarf French Beans

Runner Beans (sticking with ‘Enorma’ for the 3rd year running due to the heavy crop you get with them).

Swiss Chard

Various tubs of salad leaves

Various bedding plants and flowers for the planters & hanging baskets

Over the next few weeks I’ll continue to sow and keeping an eye on the weather will begin to sow direct  into the beds.

Oh, one more last update – the new netting I erected around the veggie beds appears to be doing a good job of keeping the cats off 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past few months i’ve been collecting seeds packets containing all manner of fruit and veg i’ll be planting this year. Some varieties i’v e sown before and have become almost

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Veggie plot 2011 – 9th April

Wow, wasn’t expecting this snapshot of summer sun so early in April, but it certainly makes for a welcome change out on the Veggie plot.

In April, surely not?

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Decided today that I really needed to rethink the height of the veggie bed protection as ours/neighbourhood cats appear to have taken a shine to using the beds over the winter.

Browsing around gardening section, spotted just what I was looking for.

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Using 6m x 2m strawberry nets and these fruit canes, I’m hoping this will keep my beds clear.

Rather than using multiple pegs to tie the netting down, I’ve threaded metal poles (left over from the infamous plastic greenhouse) into the netting instead. It works a treat & reuses what would have been scrap 🙂

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The beds have been given a good fork over and have worked in plenty of blood, fish & bone fertiliser which I’ll leave to settle for a week or Two.

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I plan to grow Runner Bean in a different plot this year so after reserving the 8th canes & putting to one side, sorted out the rest and gave them a wipe over.

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Now that the potatoes are ready planting, I’ve been emptying and cleaning the potato grow sacks and have picked up a few bags of compost & organic potato feed. I’ll be planting them this weekend and depending on temperatures, may leave them in the greenhouse whilst it’s still empty (not for long!).

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Leaving the veggie plot for the now spent the rest of the day potting around the garden & with surprise weather like this, there’s nothing better! I was out there until it was practically dark 🙂

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