Archive for February, 2012

I’ve gone too early!

The warm weather went to my head and I think I’ve gone to early on the seed planting.

This was yesterday’s photo…….

And this is the same tray 24 hours later!!

They are like flipping triffids!!!  The bean roots have already escaped the bottom of the modules.  There is going to have to be some pretty swift transplanting in the next couple of days into larger pots.  At least I know the seeds are healthy but whether these will be too spindly to survive I don’t know.  Fingers crossed for beginners luck, otherwise I’ll have to do what Flighty said in the comments and sow into the ground in May.

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Speedy seeds

Last Thursday was such a lovely day that I just could not resist any longer.  I sowed some seeds!  Over the past year I have collected rather a lot of seeds from freebies on magazines and I have bought a few as well.  Also Flighty from Flighty’s Plot very kindly sent me some borlotti beans, nasturtiums and marigolds.

I wanted to grow several different tomatoes this year so I have sewn 4 varieties – Gardener’s Delight, Tumbling Tom Yellow, San Marzano 3, and Moneymaker.  I do have some others which I’ll see if I have room for later.

For the beans I sowed White Lady (runner), Montano (dwarf French), Cobra (climbing French), and Lingua di Fuoca (borlotti from Flighty).

I sowed them all in a module tray, which may have been a little small for the beans so I might have to transplant quite soon.  I sowed 2 of each tomato seed per module and one bean.  5 modules per variety.

As you can see, in only 5 days most of them have germinated!  They are covered with a lid and left on my kitchen table for the light from the patio doors.

And just for you, Flighty, this is one of your Borlotti beans!!

I also threw a few chives and basil into a couple of pots, the basil is showing but no chives as yet.

AND……..huge news……….something went into my bird box this morning, woohoo!!!

 

Someone didn’t double dig……….

My veg patch was created last September after the garden was wrecked during house renovations.  Where the patch is, it used to be just a garden border with a scraggy old Forsythia and basically encroaching grass.  In my eagerness to get growing edibles, I planted away after adding a bit of compost and chicken pellets.

I planted onions, garlic, broad beans, peas, cabbages and a couple of raspberry canes.  I did NOT plant these………

By “these” I mean the clump of things on the right.  It would appear that the very dormant tulip bulbs that haven’t shown their faces for years have decided that they will make an appearance right in the middle of my onion patch.  There are a couple coming up among the peas too!  There are quite a few little bunches popping up as you can see here……

I pulled one out from among the peas (the peas are coming out this week anyway as they are not doing well and I’m going to re-sow) and it is quite a healthy looking bulb…….

So what do I do?  If I dig them out will it disturb my developing onions?  If I leave them in will they take all the goodness away from the onions?  I think this is a question for the UK Veg gardeners forum!!

How quickly do daffodils grow?  Yesterday in the park with the dog I spotted a couple in flower, today there were dozens of them, seemingly popping up overnight.  They are the little mini ones and were very bright and cheery.

Kindle book review: How to Grow Successful Tomatoes

How to Grow Successful Tomatoes by Helen Crapnell

My rating 2/5

This was a free Kindle book at the time I downloaded it, but is now 77p.  I wouldn’t pay for it to be honest.  It is very short and basic, and has a lot of typos in it.  You could get all the information in it from a magazine article or a chapter in a veg growing book.  It might be ok for a complete beginner who has never bought a gardening book or magazine and has been given a packet of tomato seeds.

Wordless Wednesday

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Chitting

I received some seed potatoes last Saturday and was going to hold onto them for a while before putting them out to chit.  However, I checked them this morning and there were some “eyes” starting to sprout so I bit the bullet and decided that as they had taken it upon themselves to get going, who was I to stop them!!

I only bought 6 each of Desiree, International Kidney and Arran Pilot as I only have a small plot or growing bags.

I have put them into egg boxes and put them on the windowsill of my downstairs loo which is bright but cool.

Potatoes starting to chit

Bottom row – International Kidney (also known as Jersey Royals but you aren;t allowed to call them that unless they are grown in Jersey!) and Desiree.

Top row – on the right are the Arran Pilot and on the left are some spuds that were bought for eating but started to sprout so I’ll bung them in and see what happens!!

We have heavy frosts at night at the moment and my broad beans are collapsing and then recovering during the day only to collapse again at night!!  Hope they’ll be ok, they seem quite resilient.  But I’m not sure if I need to give them some support so they don’t flop over so much?