Saturday, 30 April 2016

Continuing the theme of cold...

My cucumber plants waiting for things to warm up....

But looking a bit better today, so I transplanted the Brussells (Crispus) into roomier accommodation and those trays have gone to the plot and into the brassica tunnel.

I haven't got so many broad beans on the go this year so I am trying securing them to a cane each rather than the post and string fence I have used in the past.  There probably isn't much difference between the two methods in the amount of maintenance, but it is a lot less faff to install


Saturday, 23 April 2016

A bright, sunny day, but cold, cold....

Went to the allotment trading hut and bought two tomato growbags, one for my shed and one which I will barrow home eventually, and a big bag of multi-purpose compost.  These tomatoes I am hoping to grow must be the most expensive in the north-east, I don't dare calculate the cost of each fruit, it would be too depressing.

Potted up the seedling tomatoes into bigger pots in the warmth of the greenhouse at home.

I've got Early Latah (bush), Marmande (large fruit cordon) and Nimbus (cordon sideshoots from last year)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Another fabby day, sun shining all day.  I actually broke into a sweat several times and even took my jacket off while at the plot.

The potatoes went in....

Ten seed potatoes of unknown variety.  They were earlies, I remember that much, and they MIGHT be Arran Pilot.

Got out the trusty soil miller now that the soil has dried up a bit and did over one of the newer raised beds.  Sowed a row each of  beetroot cylindra, beetroot solist, snap pea Jessy and mangetout  peas.

And guess what?.....Asparagus!

Not sure why it is brown rather than green, it blends in very well with the background.  Camouflage, perhaps? Not for picking yet though, the plants are still only babies, next year will be okay to pick a few.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A lovely day after days of cold and wind.

Forked over the old brassica bed and found some more sprouts, little teeny ones, but still edible.
 I'm thinking I will put the seed potatoes (that I wasn't going to buy this year..ahem!) in that bed, but I just feel there is something I should remember about potatoes, brassica and lime that might be important.  I took a poll of available gardening opinion and the consensus, after a lot of ums and ars, seems to be that it will be okay.
 However, owing to a gammy knee I didn't get it all done, so have time to come home and consult the internet and my venerable Dig for Victory leaflet, on crop rotation.

I wish I could remember what kind of potatoes they are, in a fit of tidiness I threw the packet away, doh! I always said being tidy was over-rated.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

 Above: tomato seedlings, Marmande (large fruits) and Latah (bush early).  The big ones are Nimbus side-shoots from last year's plants, five and a half good sized plants have made it through the winter on the kitchen window sill.

Below: time to decapitate the sweet peas... sorry peas, looking a bit pathetic.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Another trip to the water sodden plot.  A nice day, sunny but cool. I have had other things on my mind at the moment, so the development of growth in the plot has taken me by surprise, the year is galloping on.

Turned over the small bed beside the rhubarb where the bonfires were.

Weeded the strawberry beds and took out surplus runners and replanted them in the bonfire bed, so six more little strawbs.

Picked the last of the red cabbages and some of the thicker leeks.  There are still a lot of leeks left but all pretty slimline.

Moved the netting tunnel from the red cabbage and brussels bed to the spring cabbages, which are looking a bit pathetic, so I'm hoping they might pick up with the warmer  weather.

The broad beans plants are mostly okay still, but the three end ones nearest the patch of forget-me-nots are looking as if they have been chewed by something, probably slugs/snails, so they probably wont come to anything.

Sprinkled the winter onions with ammonium sulphate to give them a lift after the winter.

Had a tidy of the shed so I could actually get in far enough to reach the slug pellets on the shelf.

Lots of new leaves on the fruit bushes, and the pear trees.  Not so much on the apples as yet, which is just as well as we are a long way off being frost-free.

At home I potted up the tomato Nimbus armpits I have successfully over wintered (I hope!),  They are now out in the greenhouse instead of the kitchen windowsill, but I will have to watch out for frosty nights still.  Sowed some latah bush toms, marmande and cucumber la diva.

The sweet peas have germinated at last after about 10 days. I may have to buy more plants this year as I am so behind with sowing.