Monday, 30 April 2012

Pear tree

I got a tree in the post this morning! I had ordered it and then forgotten about it, so it was a lovely surprise! Although I suspect it is a bit too easy to buy things over the internet.

It was a special offer and I didn't know what sort of fruit tree it was going to be until it came and it is a Pear Löffelbirne®. According to the Lubera (the grower and breeder) website it is a Royal pear and the only one you eat with a spoon! Found out from Lubera website: The fruit doesn't ripen on the tree, pick fruit late Sept/early Oct and they are ripe by December.

So I've been surveying the plot for the best place to put it. The tree is in a bucket of water at the moment. I have heard that pear trees don't thrive this far north, but we will give it a go.

Not raining today so far..... And it is up to 11C! Got no higher than 6 or 7C yesterday.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

still raining

Still raining a lot and a very cold wind.  Something nipped the flowers off my marigolds, pigeons probably!  They get blamed for most bad things that happen in the garden.  Can't be slugs, I just de-slugged last week. Blossom on the apple trees despite the foul weather.
Picked a cabbage today and it is lovely and clean, hardly any of that white stuff that whitefly leave behind.  The soft soap spray I used at the back end of last year seems to have helped keep them clean.  That and the netting.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

rain, rain

Rain, rain and more rain.  Soil too wet to walk on. Misery.  Cold.  The potatoes probably won't survive this, they were just peeping last time I looked.
Temp 5.9C 1.5mm rain in last 24 hours, 0.6mm in last hour

Sunday, 22 April 2012

pigeon behaviour

There was a sudden and really heavy hailstone shower this morning so I looked out the window to watch the hail bouncing off the garage roof.  There was a wood pigeon standing all by itself,  alternately lifting each wing high above its back, seemingly letting the hailstones land on its armpit/wingpit. What's that all about then? It stood there for the whole shower getting more and more bedraggled, but loving it!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

planted out sweet peas

Planted out the sweet peas at last, but the soil is very claggy after all that rain. Also planted out the Red Kamen onions I grew from seed.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

From one extreme to the other! No rain in March, non-stop rain in April!
22.4mm of rain last night.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Third spray for the apple trees

Planted a clematis (Cardinal Rouge £1.79@ Morrisons) under the conifers, the kind that needs to be cut down to the ground every spring.  Quite small so will probably take a year or two to flower.
Emptied the sin bin on to the compost heap, lots of black glistening oozy gloop, but surprisingly didn't smell very much.
Turned one compost heap into the other, lots of worms.
Sprayed the apple trees and the gooseberry bushes.  My new sprayer is very efficient.
Am going to leave the cabbage plants outside now, I've pampered them long enough.  Sink or swim.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

cabbage plants sick

Got down to 2C last night but the pea plants look okay still.
Bought a pot of baby leeks yesterday £1.75 for a 5 inch pot full.
Two courgette plants have died, over watering I think. I water the same way every day, but on sunny days the surplus water evaporates, but there has been a few dull, cold days so the plants have got too much water. At least that's my latest theory.
The cabbage plants in seed trays are looking sick.  This happens a lot with cabbage plants. Well, mine anyway. Good germination, the plants get their seed leaves, but then for some reason at the true leaf stage they wilt and die. It could be the same thing as the courgettes, I do tend to mollycoddle them.

Friday, 13 April 2012

sprayed slugs

Sprayed plot with slug killer nematodes, but used the wrong dilution so don't know if it will work.
Sowed some runner beans (Enorma).  I'm also giving the yellow climbing french beans another go, hoping that this year will be better than last (as I only got about three beans last year it won't be hard to improve)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

planted peas

planted out the peas (greenshaft).  Planted out a couple of the sweet peas before I plant the others out, see how they go first. Quite wet now, the slugs have decided it is their time to rock!
Netted the old strawberries, wasn't too much of a struggle, must be getting the hang of it.

Monday, 9 April 2012

sowing seeds

Sowed broad beans direct into the soil (the Sutton) in the bed where the leeks were. Sowed rocket where the kale was and have just thought that perhaps they are too like each other and shouldn't have been using the same soil, is rocket a member of the brassica family? Will have to check that out, although its too late I've done it now.
Beetroot and turnip seedlings showing up under their cloches.
Shallots sprouting, two not doing anything yet.  Lost a few winter onions, but not too many.
Because it was raining, I came home and sowed some flower seeds in the greenhouse, poached eggs, nasturtium empress of India, morning glory, poppy Iceland ballerina mixed. Also some more broad beans (witkiem manita) in paper pots, as John's aren't looking too happy, they've gone brown on the ends of their leaves, which I think could be sun scorch. Sowed purple sprouting broccoli.
We have had quite a bit more rain since the day of snow, and the soil is quite wet now and getting a bit muddy. Never happy eh? The water butts are full again though.
Temperature has been about normal for the time of year, cool days and no frosts.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


After all that sunshine and dryness, it has rained and snowed all day, and it is snowing good and proper now.  It isn't lying at the moment but it might during the night.  Just as well I have my plants tucked up.
16mm rain, max 8C, min 2C.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Second spray

Second spray on the apple trees today. It is a still, dull day, ideal for doing that kind of thing.

Did a silly thing though, I measured the correct dosage of anti-fungus stuff, measured the amount of water into the sprayer and it wasn't until I had almost finished spaying the three trees, I discovered I had forgotten to add the anti-fungus to the water. Doh! So I had to do most of it again!

First flowers on the strawberry plants spotted today, all on the old plants, none on the new plants yet. Soon be time to wrestle with the bird netting, and shred our old bills to make a mulch.

0.6mm rain today, max 12.6C, min 6.1C