Drought continues

•4 July 2018 • Leave a Comment

Another 4.6kg rocket spuds harvested, but the yields look like being very poor dues to the very dry weather.  Struggling to keep everything watered.

Onions are starting to flop. “Centurian” look big, everything else looks a bit small .

Leeks planted, and are doing well, but recently sown beetroot and swede has failed to germinate.


Still very dry!!

•29 June 2018 • Leave a Comment

Planted out some french beans into the dust.  Trying to keep up with the watering!  Harvested another 1.4kg rocket spuds.  Need to clear some space for leek planing soon

Dry summer

•23 June 2018 • Leave a Comment

It’s been very dry through May and June, spuds are looking a bit tired already so have been watered several times.  Harvested the first few Rocket (about 1kg) on 16th, another 3kg Rocket and 1kg Charlotte today.  Onions look like they are starting to fold but could do with bulking up a bit.

Various plants seem rather weak and are dying after being planted; a couple of runner beans, squashes, several celeriac.

A mouse ate a lot of the peas – even soaking in white spirit didnt help.  Will germinate first next time.  Cabbages coming along nicely

Greenhouse seed sowing

•10 April 2018 • Leave a Comment

Tomatoes sown earlier last month have now been pricked out into pots, and a second load of other varieties have all germinated.  Lettuces are coming along nicely.  Sowed various brassicas, leeks at the weekend.  Sowed parsnips tonight in paper/loo rolls.

Spuds and onions planted

•26 March 2018 • Leave a Comment

Feeling like spring today so managed to get all the spuds and onions planted:

Maincrop Cara, Desiree

2nd Earlies Charlotte, Saxon

1st Earlies Rocket

Onions Turbo, Centurion, Red baron

Lettuces and tomatoes germinated in the greenhouse

First sowings of 2018

•17 March 2018 • Leave a Comment

Spuds are all chitting nicely. Onions ready to go in but more snow forecast for the weekend. Sowed a few seeds in pots, kept indoors to germinate: tomatoes (moneymaker, gardeners delight, tumbler) for the greenhouse mainly, aubergines, celeriac and a mixed tray of lettuce.

2018 – Digging started!

•14 January 2018 • Leave a Comment

2017 was overall a bit of a let down. No total disasters, but a poor summer led to small crops. Now harvesting parsnips, leeks and sprouts, all smaller than normal. Celeriac did Ok, a bit small but actually better than usual. Brassicas were hit really badly with whitefly, which has encouraged mould, despite being under net. May have to take further measures next year.

So digging has started, and I aim to clear the remaining veg early, the crop is poor so no point trying to get much more out of the overwintering veg. Hopefully things will be better this year.

Hav purchased red onions and also a pack of Centurian for a change. Will also get some Turbo or whatever wilko are selling.