It’s been busy around here, as well as getting the Squash/Pumpkin on the way (see last post) I have been a busy bee making the most of the warm (ish) weather and have started off all the March seeds. So, this month I have sown:
In the greenhouse (under cloches)
Climbing French Bean – ‘Barlotto Lingua di Fuoco’ x 10
Climbing French Bean – ‘Blue Lake Climbing‘ x 5
Pak Choi – ‘Mei Qing Choi’ x 5
Pak Choi – ‘Joi Choi’ x 5
In the house
Courgette – ‘Soleil’ x 2
Courgette – ‘Defender’ x 2
(and the Squash – again, see the last post)
Direct in the garden
Spring Onion – ‘North Holland Blood Red’ x 2 Rows
Radish – ‘Cherry Bell’ & ‘Sparkler’ (I mixed the seeds in the packet) x 2 Rows
Lettuce – ‘Red Sails’ x 1 Row
All the above are the usual tried and tested, and all are planted with at least 2 seeds per pot so the weakest seedling can be removed. I have learnt to only grow small amounts of most things, enough for us to eat but not get totally bored and so quite often seed carries over from one year to the next. The only new items on the list are the Climbing Beans, I quite fancied ‘Barlotto’ as the beans are so pretty and they are good for drying and the ‘Blue Lake’ have been sitting around for a while so they need using.
I decided to plant out the 2 gutters of Beetroot started in the Greenhouse in early February (I should mention, I went to do this only to realise I hadn’t allocated space in the veg beds – duh! – so have planted them in flower Bed 1 between the Spring bulbs where there was still some space). They have mostly germinated and are still at the seed leaf stage but I need the space and they need better light. I have ordered some slug nematodes the first of which arrive in April (I think) so it’s a little risky to be putting out such small seedlings now, they may well get munched. On which note (sob!) the blooming things have eaten my Kale, the ones that had survived a whole winter only to get eaten when planted out into it’s nice new raised bed, grrrrr, I still have one growing but it’s pretty small and I will simply plant up new seed next month. Correction, I have none left as on going out to photograph the second, that has also been eaten :(
The last thing to mention is the Rhubarb, which is going crazy! It’s only on the third year, it cropped well last year although I left a lot of the stalks in place, as you are supposed to do in year two, but they obviously (both the ‘Champagne’ and ‘Timberly Early’) must like their little spot as they are definitely thriving.
Quick update, I wrote this post earlier this week and today the slug nematodes arrived. I have the repeat (3, I think) batch order so they will arrive at intervals and hopefully keep the slugs under control without having to resort to other means. It’s great timing at we are set for warm (above 5 degrees at night, only just mind!) temperatures and rain which is the ideal conditions for the nematodes to more around in the soil. I wont chat too much about them as the link above tells you everything you need to know, but they are worth buying if you suffer from slugs.