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.

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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.

Spud totals – 2017

•2 September 2017 • Leave a Comment

I didn’t weigh the 1st earlies (rocket) but they were very poor.  A result of a late frost and then very dry spring I think. Probably no more than 12kg

Second earlies (saxon) were much better, again didn’t weigh, but I guess 15-20kg

Mains got a bit mixed up (Picasso and Cara, look the same!)  The crop was good, lots of big spuds, except for one row in the middle of the plot which was strangely very poor.

Desiree -30.5kg

Cara/Picasso – 69.2kg

So that’s about 30kg per 2kg bag of maincrop seed.

Wet summer – Lots of cucumbers!

•2 September 2017 • Leave a Comment

It’s been s wet summer.  The bad: outdoor tomatoes almost all failed (again) but this is partly down to me not taking quick enough action to strip leaves as soon as blight appeared.  Shame, as the plants were looking great with tons of fruit. Indoor toms are not great, but the garden got re-shaped so I was a bit late setting them off and also tried to grown bush varieties as bushes in the greenhouse.  This didn’t work.    Spuds got blight at the start of august too.

The good: generally everything grew very well (including the weeds). Courgettes and cucumbers were exceptional (excessive!)  Sowed Marketmore cucs this year and they were very prolific.

A few pest issues, but managed to avoid the worst brassica destruction with close fine netting.  Carrots and peas got nibbled by a rabbit a bit, and late sown peas then got bad mildew.

spag squashes are enormous.  Lots of good sweetcorn coming on, runner beans were good and late sown french beans will work well I think as the runners tail off.

Onions suffered a bit from rot, but generally good

Greenhouse moved!

•6 April 2017 • Leave a Comment

Redesigned the garden which meant moving the greenhouse.  It was only put back in place this week, so sowings are a bit late.  Sowed various tomatoes, chillies, lettuces, greyhound cabbage, celeriac, aubergines to start with.  Spuds all went in the weekend before last as planned.  There is space for 1 more row – might buy a few more 1st earlies… or perhaps a row of peas between the spuds and onions?