weekend

The giant cucumber week

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I made it to the plot on Sunday. Time runs away with me on the plot, in a happy way (especially in the sunshine) so complete with suncream I set to work!

Things I did:
-dug up my remaining early potatoes (not so early…but looking lovely) and they have not been attacked by bugs this year! I only stabbed a few. So generally it wasn’t the disaster I was predicting! Yay!!
– dug over the whole bed… watered and then in went… (shop sources plugs ….sorry wanted to give them a running start!) kale, broccoli, cauliflower. Thanks for the suggestions on my last post.

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Back bed

-I removed my final black fly ridden bean plants and spaced out my chard seedlings a little more…the seedlings are doing really well now and perhaps this is a lesson in patience (as I should have let them get a bit bigger before I moved the first lot) however I am sure they will catch up

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Chard, peas and leeks

-covered my beetroot plants again as they are determined to push themselves out of the soil
-sowed a new lot of spring onions
-then my assistant came to join me; we sat in the hammock read books and ate chocolate fingers 🙂

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Hammock time

On the eat/pick list:
-tomatoes from greenhouse… Just
-Courgette and one huge giant marrow!
-potatoes, all the earliest are stored now
-spring onions, just picking as and when
-rocket and spinach
-one giant cucumber!

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Giant cucumber

What’s happening:
-my first sunflowers is nearly ready to flower! perhaps by the end of this week!? Only 11 more to go!

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Sunflower

– my carrot seeds sown on a whim have shooted! So although I don’t really like carrots there is hope for carrots on my plot and will keep assistant happy as he likes then!
– my late sown flower seeds are taking hold and I think I wil need to try and recall what I planted and space then out…. Possibly around the plot. Fingers crossed they might flower before the end of summer!
-sweet peas are making lots of lovely seed pods and drying off nicely! A lovely friend gave me some ‘seed saver’ pots so I can get these into action!
– my snap draggons (sorry I don’t know the grown up name yet) look amazing, as does the cosmos (is that what they are even called?)!! So I am going to try and save some of the for next year.

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The plot in all its madness

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Complete with sunflower wall 🌻🌻🌻🌻

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On a mission!

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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.

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Seeds...
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More seeds
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And even more seeds!

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.

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Sweet peas

Oh dear I didn’t take an after photo… Here is a half way… Nice healthy roots!

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Sweet pea and roots 🙂

I got done new seeds in:
-soy beans 🙂
-cat mint
– 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.

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Raspberry canes

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!

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Garlic get set
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Garlic get ready!
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Garlic grow!

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!

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Llama love

Weekend plot review

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I’m having issues with posts from my phone again. So this is my 3rd attempt to post this…

So I had a quick ‘plot perv’ at the weekend.

Weeks review:
– rhubarb and raspberrys from last week are still intact!
– greenhouse sweet peas are a no show. I will keep hopeful! It could be my seeds from last year are not the best.
– greenhouse onions are snoozing…still
-greenhouse garlic is shooting! It’s nice to see some green!

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Onions and garlic in greenhouse

– outside seeds are a no show… Carrot, Spring onion, beans. Probably just a bit over keen… I will wait and see.
– we also visited the ‘chitting factory’ aka my parents house. The potatoes are having a nice sunbathing holiday! 😎

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Potatoes

I am going to wait till mid March to get the bulk of my seeds sown.

I have also seen some great pop up grow bag beds; that I want to invest in. It should add growing space in my greenhouse and out on the plot… And it has handles! Port-a-plot!

Weekend to do list;

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-Beans to be planted out on second run
-check on beans planted out… Still not seen any shoots… So I will investigate and if
-last beds dug over planted with chard, beetroot and spring onions… All a bit late!
-may need to diy greenhouse my second salad bed as am seeing little progress with the cold weather and seeds
-fix side of plot with wood plank and dig out some more of the mound…
-general weeding
-if my tomato planters arrive today.. Plant out my best 6 into grow bags. They are getting huge so it would be good to space them out
-rehome some tomato plants
– purchase some tomatoe feed for chillies and future toms when in flower…
-connect water butt… Might just purchase a funnel and keep it simple!