Grow Your Own, Harvests

Harvest and Seedlings!

Despite feeling exhausted we set off out this morning, after a few hours of water watching by a local river we set off back to the allotment. I had collected 6 ornamental gourds see from a sale, a few pepper plants from a road see side sale later and we were ready to plant them out. These will fill a gap whilst we are waiting for our cucurbits to grow. After weeding the pumpkin bed we planted the gourds and two water melons into the ground bed.

I planned to plant twenty tomato’s in the ground, however they filled the greenhouse tripods perfectly, I shall take a further ten plants  along with our beetroot on the next visit. Seeing them filling the space makes me keen to plant the seedlings, however I want them to be strong and ready to flourish once they are planted out.

The peppers I potted into larger pots and set, them in a water tray in the greenhouse. After a good water, I collected a selection of hanging baskets in need of TLC These i intend to line and set with a selection of shrubs and plants which should arrive this week. 200  to be precise, a few for the empty pots around our garden and a few to sell on. At under thirty pounds I am looking forward to another project to grow on.

The last of the pak choi was needing harvest, along with a few red onions, I shall plant my beetroot in it’s place on our next visit. With the wet weather  it will not be long before the second sowing will be ready, it is definitely. Something I will grow again.

I collected 200 pint pots, wrongly priced on the shelf I got a great deal as they were labelled at 99 pence each. So when my shrubs and perenials arrive I will have a few little projects to create with my family, which will allow the shrubs to grow on to a reasonable size.

Using  left over wood I started to make a small garden stall for the girls to use in the garden,  to add in their play house as they pot on from the garden. A few other pieces and it will be ready for them to use.

Happy Harvests!

 

Cheryl

 

Grow Your Own

Le Jardin

This week I have spent a little time investing in a few treasures for some empty planters, it was a visit to a local superstore. The eventual choices were a small Acer and a modest olive tree, both of which cost under twenty pounds. I enjoy the texture and shape of both tree’s and know they will grow into their quiet corner perfectly.

This week I built up a garden tray for transporting seedlings into the allotment, the recent visits have shown wonderful potato plants finally filling the main bed, along with hundreds of brassica plants, kale and beans beginning to break the ground.

With a week off to spend with the children, I have been potting on seedlings in abundance… Despite clear labelling my cucurbits have suffered the usual predicament and I have several labelled pots which I shall use for identification. Plantings  in large quantities  of butternut squash  and honey few seeds which I have been looking forward  to seeing will be establishing their first leaves before their treasure is clear. As usual I will be happy to have any successful plants stretching through our newly dug spaces.

The new tray holds around sixty plants which I plan on setting on our summerhouse roof with the addition of a wind break, this will allow me to set more seeds on, allowing a greater diversity in plants. Ensuring we are not tripping over the vast amounts if planters.

The tomatoes set in the greenhouse have been watered regularly, I intend to plant a further ten plants as an outdoor crop, last years struggled with the heat so these should enjoy the diverse weather we are having.

I have created some presentations to sell a few of our extra seedlings, I plan to create a pop up stall at the our home. This will allow my children to help sell our wares, I may even ask a friend to help as it would be a perfect chance to catch up.

At the allotment we will be planting beetroot , Marmande tomatoes and various cucurbits. Last night I set some squash and turnips into trays. I hope to transfer the compost into the first cloche bed, it will then be perfect for a mix crop of seedlings.

So on a sulky Sunday morning I am happy to prepare  what we need for the week ahead, thankful that the rain will water on our crops, while we get on with our day!

Happy Horticulture,

Cheryl

Allotment, Grow Your Own, Harvests

May

After a month of cool weather my allotment has been set aside for work at home, my daughters have a new room to enjoy from our little break and I am enjoying family weekends with our youngest snuggled close.

Our garden is amazing this time of year, our small pond full with new life some of which I have set into a small tank for our toddler to watch. The rainwater aquarium is home to a collection of  tadpoles, water snails and with the addition of a few grass plants is ideal for watching them evolve into froglets’.

Our Clematis is the star this month, millions of pale pink, scented flowers cascade over our a self supporting arch. Their scent is as strawberry chocolate , which is heavenly  for this time of year. I have decided to try to make some dried flowers to see if it holds the scent, as it is so invigorating.

The work  in the greenhouse  has shown an abundance of tomatoes, I shall be setting them into the bean frames to try them as an outdoor crop. My beetroot sowings, leeks, and flowers are finally starting to show promise, the month flew by and I found no momentum to share the menial tasks. A few weeding  visits and crops are finally settling in.

The harvest has moved from broccoli to salad leaves, Pak choi to be precise, it has grown perfectly and our second sowings are just beginning to grow on. The leaves I rinsed with salt water and finely chopped, these can be added to a salad or stir fry, another quick meal to add to our table.

Yesterday I potted on my seedlings, tomatoes and watermelon plants to be set in plastic pint cups, the larger planters I hope to sell on as grow on pots. At a pound for fifty they are perfect for growing the seedings on from plugs, without the additional pots. As they are new they present the plants at their best and can easily be personalised if required.

New adventures as I have search for new plants and resources to work with, soon my potted on seedlings will get ready to set into fresh soil. Until then I will set the view this month…

 

Happy Horticulture!

 

Cheryl