Excited to say the plants in our flat are cracking on!
Finally…. I have had cucumber and Courgette success!!
But I think I mixed my tags between the two. Any ideas how to tell them apart at this stage!?
I’m going to take them (Courgette and cucumber) to the greenhouse for a pot on (some of the plants are super leggy! Planted very shallow… I have to admit a lot of soil prodding… ” Hello you awake?”)
My soy beans are still snoozing…. I keep reading articles on these; super excited about them!
I was worried my greenhouse seeds might have been roasted alive these last few days!
So I escaped work and legged it to the plot for an inspection. 5 beds are full now. Strawberries, onion garlic, beans, raspberries.
Here are my tomatoes…after the pot on. I might have a few too many as I only need 12 plants!
And my borage, beetroot, lettuce is all cracking on.
Also I think we have a bird’s nest in our attic :)!
I made it down the plot on Easter Sunday! I had a good dig and got one potato bed all set. Just waiting to add the all important potatoes. I did some weeding; this time of year they pop up so fast! But I did have time to admire the welcome weeds…
I fixed a path (removing evil weeds that spread under our paths (when we first got the plot I recall how we thought this was asparagus!… Makes me laugh every time!). It’s one of those necessary but very boring jobs.
Finally finished organising my strawberries! I decided to remove the old aged plants at the end of the bed. And I went back on the Monday and put onions in. (I’m not sure they are exactly companion plants.. But a space is a space… Right?!)
On Monday I went back. And got the remaining onion and garlic in… Just one box left. I am searching for a suitable empty spot.
-Sweet peas. Ticking along after the re pot.
-sunflowers. In hiding still
-lettuce. Germinated… Just about
-cat mint… A few tiny seedlings have appeared
-lucky dip. Some little seedling have emerged… Still no ideas! I will have to post photos for help!
-Nasturtium. Germinated it’s virtually a weed… But a weed tgat
-tomatoes. Germinated and potted into larger pots
-My back up beans sprouted, and I popped them into the plot yesterday… I had dug up a few poor bean seeds by accident… But a few sown direct into the ground made it! Which was good news!!
Seeds at home:
-Cucumbers… I have about 4 growing away happily. I will move these out to the greenhouse soon!
-Chillies. Growing away happily. I’m going to keep half in the flat and half in the greenhouse as a mini experiment
-Courgette… Still no shows. This is the one veg I struggle to get going every year. I’m sure it should be easy!!?
-Soybeans. In hiding
-Caped gosberries. In hiding
And then I went home and scoffed lots of chocolate!
With the clocks changing I had my first after work plot visit today!
– Check nothing blow away- ☑
– Garlic intact- ☑
– Mini water in the greenhouse- ☑
– Inspect seedlings + feel excited ☑
I was amazed a second mini prop, possibly some more water and some time. And nearly all my greenhouse seedling are emerging! I don’t know if I am amazed… just very pleased; this is my first year starting tomatoes off in the greenhouse (small victory dance)!
And I got a photo of my sweet pea madness!
And I even saw the moon!
This Sunday I went to the plot on a mission. Luckily I had my rain coat; as it rained!! I tucked myself away in the almost dry greenhouse (having a door is handy when it rains!)
I got some bits from the site shop. All set for the days fun.
I checked my greenhouse seedling and some are now emerging… (a few could just be weeds!) Good news as it really hasn’t been very warm, they all got a little drink.
My sweet peas look happy, so I removed all but the top 4 leaves (always a bit scared when I do this) I’m sure this is what I did last year and it worked out ok.
Oh dear I didn’t take an after photo… Here is a half way… Nice healthy roots!
I got done new seeds in:
-soy beans 🙂
– poppy California… Although I think these will flower next year
-a packet of lucky dip seeds: the ones I knew were courgette, borage and some other mystery flowers…
I did some inspections… My poor raspberry canes are not doing well. Another one got snapped.
But the first one that got snapped seems to shooting from the broken section?!
So I went home, I watched a bit of ‘kew on a plate’ whilst having my lunch. When I got back it was a bit sunny and having watched Kew on a plate (garlic focused) I was all excited and thought…. lets get it in and growing 🙂 I’m really pleased with now the garlic got a good kick start and some fab roots!
Then the rain really came down, covered with mud… I legged it home!! Never feels like I get enough done, but hopefully I can blitz it over Easter!
And I thought I should share my jolly llama photo of the day! Happy Monday!
Break time on Saturday… And I came equiped with crisps and tea! I had a nice sit in my comfy chair in the greenhouse listening to the birds sing!
I have been digging the future potato bed….again. Removing the endless rubble. The bit I dug looked beautiful 🙂 hopefully it will be worth the hard work, with no funny shaped potatoes. This is my first year using this bed for potatoes. I have to say I’m very inspired by my plot neighbour. Since our first year he has been full of encouragement. He must have come down during last week, as I haven’t seen him this year. He is a stealth gardener! I don’t know how he does it. But it goes from a bit weedy to beautiful fine soil within days… I try to console myself that he has had the plot for a long time. So oneday mine might be like that too!
I took a mini break for the hard digging. And I peered into my caged outdoor seeds. I have been planning to dig this over again as the seeds didn’t take.
However. I peered closer (I got down to ground level, looking I’m sure like a nut case) And I spotted little shoots of green!! So I had tidy up… And hey presto we have baby spring onions!!
I can be very impatient with outside seeds. And this just reminds me to sit tight and wait sometimes! If I had time last week, I would have dug over. Lucky escape for these guys!
And this is my last few chilli seeds coming up (in mini prop at the flat) another story of patience!
I took my friend down to see the plot on Friday and we got treated to this beautiful sunset!
We got some grow bags and a few extra seeds! Now back to reality!
It was a cold Sunday morning! Not the best allotment weather. I only had an hour or so… Bit manic with it being mother’s day!
So I got my seed hit list selected. Flossie helped!
And then i legged it to sow in the greenhouse:
Broadbeans…as I might have dug some of mine up in my impatience for them to grow outside. Probably need a much bigger pot to….! Let’s call it an experiment!
The cucumber and courgette seeds went in, and taken back to the safety of the mini greenhouse in my kitchen.
And I covered my rhubarb… Monty said so!! As did a magazing cutting from a friend at work 🙂 so I thought I better do it! I recycled the half water butt left on our plot.
I got some proper photos of my onions and garlic…
And the beloved sweet peas!!
I ran out of seed compost… So that was my lot. I’m going to hang back with my outdoor seeds as the weather is really turning at the moment. Brrr!