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Mid April plan

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I’m at the stage that I need a plan again.

Things I need to do on the plot this weekend:
– Check sweet peas and sweetcorn are alive and possibly plant in the ground.
– Get my structures in place. Bamboo poles please!
– Clear ‘back area’ on my plot ready for the hammock stand in may.
– Sow beetroot, chard seeds direct in soild.
– Find my paper plans! Probably do this first… as I may have illegally sown extra crops. And it could go horribly wrong!
– Get some wood chipping for my strawberry bed.
– Get a proper frame made for my raspberry canes, and string them up! And remove any cheeky unwanted suckers that have popped up.
-Tidy greenhouse! A good rainy day job!
– Investigate compost bin 1… And dig into back bed… I need to put a little path back in here as it proved to be impossible last year.
– Do a bit of general maintenance… Weeding, fixing, levelling…

And I think that lot will keep me busy!

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To hot to garden, time to knit!

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This weekend was so hot! So the plot plans sort of went out the window. But we got some things done….

What we did:
-dug out the spinach, put in new seed.
-weeded
-covered up my betroots again (they have no modest 😜)
– and collected a some of the sweet pea pods (in colours… So hopefully next year I can make sure I grow a bit of everything.

Eat/harvest list:
-rocket
-spinach
-spring onions
-greenhouse tomatoes at last
-the odd raspberry

Things to watch:
– The sunflowers are flowing at last, and the bee population are having a field day!

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Sunflower all the buzz

– The giant cucumber… We are still eating last week’s monster!
– The cape gooseberrys are forming!! I never thought this would actually happen (as I nearly killed them off)

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Cape gooseberry

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Much of the weekend was used for knitting 🙂 something I have not done in a while (for myself anyway) and I had my lovely fluffy assistant to help!

Harvest time…. At least the start!

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Just a few hours on the plot this weekend.

Harvest list:
-First potatoes…. I dug up the ones that had flopped or looked unhappy. But they have grown a reasonable amount of potatoes! Not the total fail I was expecting.
-Spring onions. I’m just picking off the big ones.
-Red and white onions. My first year of these being a decent size! clearly watering more helped! Again I have only taken the flopped and dried looking.
-Sweetpeas

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Saturday harvest

-I also have about 3 courgettes ready! One being yellow!! Very exciting. Have picked these now and having Courgette style pasta tonight.

Exciting developments:
-Sunflowers are getting taller, and forming flowerheads!! Can’t wait for these pops of colour!
-tomatoes are just turning, but I don’t have many new flowers. So I shut the greenhouse door today in the hope a bit of humidity might help…
-my late sown flower seeds have germinated outside. So I’m going to space these out a bit…my sowing technique really is a work in progress! Then just hope they speed along… as they are so late going in!

As I take things out I am filling the gaps with what ever I can get my hands on… I had some spare leeks that have gone into my onions gaps. I moved some of my small beetroot seedling to given them a bit more room to grow.

I’m starting to think about next year… Just a bit… And that I might make a growing worksheet. To try and max out each bed all year around!

June time!

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My post from last week failed. So this week is a double update.

The plot has been thundering along during these last few weeks.

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The plot

And with the addition of some stone paths (at last!….a use for my mountain of stones!) it’s looking a bit smarter.

The chillies and greenhouse friends are all doing ok. But I might need to take them home to get them flowering.

I have got cucumbers appearing. And still going strong! This is my first year growing these so I am really chuffed!

We have had lots of strawberries already. And we have lots of plants dotted around the plot now. Mainly from runners. My original plants will be 4 next year, so this will be the last year and the runners from this year will take over. Although I might keep my oldies a bit longer. Feel sad to say goodbye!!

The raspberry bushes are even growing fruit! I really didn’t expect this as it is the first year. So they seem to be approving! And my 3 replacement raspberries appear… To be ok… But slow progress.

The sweet peas are doing well… And we have had our first blooms.

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Otherwise:
Onions
Garlic
Bbeans
Spinach
Courgette
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Are all doing ok.

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May green fingers!

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Feeling a bit of a blog block at the moment! But the plot is making great progress. 🙂

Greenhouse has 12 resident tomatoes; in 4 grow bags. One resident cucumber plant also in a grow bag.

We kept the Physalis plants going…. and its been far to long…. but these have been potted on over the weekend. Having been given a good water and some growing space they are looking much stronger.

Outside my strawberries are turning out some good fruit. I really should net and straw them asap!

My garlic and onions are doing ok, but I have spotted some rust on a nearby plot. Just keeping my fingers crossed.

Bbeans are doing well after initially being dug up by accident! I’m seeing lots of flowers and turning a blind eye to the nibbled leaves.

I have planted sunflowers at the ends of each bed… Hopefully this will look very jolly once they shoot up. The sweet pea dividers seem to be growing along well! I’m waiting for the 14th June as that was our first proper buds last year and just in time for our wedding last year! After this date the sweet peas really got cracking, and this year we will be here to enjoy them 🙂 that’s only….18 days away!

I have all 9 raspberry plans in… Suppounded by strawberry runners from last year. I figured these would be the most determine to battle the raspberry rambling spirit! My 3 mid season were a toltal fail so I got them replaced… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the new plants… But I doubt I will get much from them this year.

Otherwise it’s the z bed….spinach, rocket, Courgette 1, beetroot, carrot (patchy and I don’t like carrots… He he heee!) And leeks.

And potatoes! And Courgette 2…. And some cheeky spring onions. It appears I killed my rhubarb plant… One to try again.

I have lots still on pots… Needing homes… It’s a mission to fit it all in. but I will find a way!

I got the hammock stand up and bbq out (as no space in greenhouse) 🙂 just need a sunny weekend to enjoy some lounging!

White worms with tiny alien leaves!

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I was reading ‘Kew on a plate’ book on the weekend. I came across the words. Never force a crown of rhubarb in the first two years. Why have I not been told this before!

Anyway…

I released the rhubarb. I guess you have to see the funny side, but needless to say it did not look healthy. White worms with tiny alien leaves is probably the best description!

But I have hope that it might come back to life?!

Watering run!

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We went to the plot last night for a quick water run. It’s always great to see progress even when you are not looking.

The beds are almost all set:

Strawberries and a few onions
Garlic and onions
Broad beans
Greenhouse bed: Flowers and illegal strawberries 🙂
Raspberries full season. And strawberries friends. Although my mid season never grew. So I had a moan… Replacements being sent end of May.
Carrots
Leeks
Sweet peas!!
Spring onions
Potatoes… All but my last maincrop went in. I need to find a late spot for these…. I have a plan. But it’s going to take some hard graft!

Things outside in pots…. To go into ground:
Beetroot
Sweet pea left overs
California poppy… Need to divide and plant out

Things in greenhouse:
Tomatoes… Far to many so some of these will require re home this weekend?
Cucumber plants…re home some again and trade for Courgette plants
Sunflowers that didn’t get eaten by mouse… to go outside to toughen up. And I need to source some more!
Chillies
Cape gooseberry (aka Ryan gosling gosberries)

And I have more seeds to sow and re sow!