It’s a day I dread, mainly because I HATE lugging bags of soil around, but there was no way I could put off planting up the greenhouse into their (mostly) final pots.
On the plus side, my lovely local gardening shop had some cucumber plants, £1.99 for a pot with two seedlings I couldn’t resist and due to my excessive juicing these days, I get through 2 cucumbers a day so it’ll be worth every penny. I threw in some pretty pink English Daisies (Bellis Perennis Rose), they aren’t my normal thing but having seen some in a big pot outside my Aunt’s pub on a recent trip to Yorkshire, I just fancied them.
My main reason for going though, was to buy soil, bag after heavy bag, so I could get the tomatoes, aubergines, potatoes, peppers, chillies and melons planted up. I grow all of these on containers as they do better in the greenhouse (expect the potatoes, they have been put into a massive 60 litre container outside), I’m undecided about what I might move outside at a later date, so for now the tomatoes are planted without supports. After planting them deep, to compensate for the usual leggy stems when they went from jiffy pellets into small pots, they don’t need to planted deep again. I did have to nip quite a lot of the side shoots off though, and some of the plants are about to flower, at which point I’ll start feeding them. As always, the tomatoes are in the usual green buckets. I’ve been recycling these for years now, they don’t look very attractive but they are sturdy and cheap,
Excitingly my Tomtato has arrived! It’s a tomato top grafted onto a potato bottom, more info here. This is an expensive experiment so for now I’ve just re-potted it up in a slightly larger pot and we’ll see how it goes.
After the recent rabbitgeddom, I have constructed some very temporally fencing along the line where our new decking area meets the veg patch. I’m sad not to be able to wander between the two, as planned, but at least I know my seedlings are safe. The main garden is getting a thorough munching though and I’m worried about many of my spring flowers returning next year after they have had their heads removed…I hope the few leaves left will allow them to keep going.
In the garden, I’ve planted out more peas and I’ve decided to throw all my remaining old flower seed into half a raised bed. I don’t hold out much hope that they will germinate, but I may as well try. From the ones planted in the greenhouse, only my zinnia sprite has taken, that might be more to do with intermittent watering whilst I’ve been away (I left the garden in the hands of my husband for the week).
It’s sounds like it’s going to be scorchio tomorrow, so perhaps we’ll be putting the BBQ into use!