Time for a quick catch-up, as it’s all go in the vegetable patch and there’s quite a bit to write about.
Finally germinated after initial failure…
Climbing French Bean – ‘Barlotto Lingua di Fuoco’ x 10
I re-planted new beans in fresh soil after the original failure to germinate, but following a bean growing project I did with Felix where we planted his beans in an old see-through yoghurt pot (planted against the side so we could watch it grow – we did this as kids in jam jars and I figured he would enjoy it) I used smaller see-though yoghurt pots, with holes punched in the bottom, that way I could see the germinating beans and not have to keep prodding in the soil.
Worked a treat and they are now planted out with canes for support, in two rows. The rows are 45cm apart and the beans about 20cm apart, so 5 per row. The support canes are tied together at the top and I’ve covered the whole bed in netting to stop the evil pigeons getting in.
Climbing French Bean – ‘Blue Lake Climbing‘ x 5
I haven’t replanted these although now my see through pots are free I might put some in.
Squash – ‘Sweet Dumpling’ & ‘Crown Prince’
I have mad mass germination of all the courgette and squash seeds that I’d given up on and emptied back in the compost bucket. I’m not entirely sure what they all are (I’ve saved 5 by planting them up into pots) but for 2 I could see the actual seed shell still and think I’ve got 1 each of ‘Sweet Dumpling’ & ‘Crown Prince’. I will plant one on the compost pile and it looks like my ‘Butternut Harrier F1‘ isn’t really growing so the other can go in that giant pot.
Cucumbers – ‘La Diva’ & ‘Tasty Burpless’
All new seed germinated well, they are waiting in the greenhouse to be potted up.
Aubergines – ‘Turkish Orange’ & ‘Violetta Ferenze’
Again, the new seeds have germinated, some only just but I should get at least 2 of each plant.
Still in the greenhouse…
Are all the salad seedlings (or plants as most are now). I am waiting for the nights to get a bit warmer then I’ll plant them up into final pots, most will be grown in the greenhouse but some (half the tomatoes, the cucumbers etc) will go outside. The tomatoes have made an amazing recovery from their limp earlier selves and potting them on deep has given them good strong stems, so that’s great news.
Newly planted in the greenhouse…
Melon – ‘Edonis‘ x 3
Kale – ‘Red Bor‘ x 2 & ‘Cavalo Nero‘ x 2
Purple Sprouting Broccoli – ‘Rudolph’ x 2, ‘Red Arrow’ x 2 & Late Sprouting x 2
Sweet Corn – ‘Sweet Nugget‘ x 12
Beetroot – ‘Pronto’ & ‘Burpees Golden‘ in a gutter for planting out later (second sowing).
Pea – ‘Sugar Snap‘ in a gutter for planting out later (second sowing).
I moved the potato barrels out last week as they are getting quite heavy, they need ‘earthing-up’ as the foliage grows, which as I plant in containers simply means keeping the stems covered in soil so they are kept in the dark and potatoes can form all the way up. I simply tip John Innes 2 in every so often, making sure I leave the top leaves free. Once the soil reaches the top of the barrel I will start the feed the plants but more on that later.
I also found this strawberry/herb pot in my local garden shop and have used it to plant some of the Alpine Strawberry plants that have been sitting in the greenhouse since last year. The Strawberry pot is really rather small but it’s better than letting them got to waste and as Charlie is addicted to picking them off the plants in the raised beds, he has a few more plants to go at.
I noticed that Crocus have a brilliant ‘Young Plants Collection‘ collections for anyone who has left it too late to start from seed, this would have been my back-up had the tomatoes not recovered and I have resisted the urge to buy anything I’ve missed as really there is no growing room left in the garden once everything is planted out.
OK, kids to feed, laundry to do. Hopefully we’re getting to the end of the lists and this blog will get a bit more photo and recipe orientated over the next few months 🙂