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Kitchen table nursery

This is the state of my kitchen table, covered with all my little seedlings growing away.

I have patio doors there so it is the place with the most light.  On there I have 4 types of tomato, 4 types of bean, rainbow chard, sweet peppers, 2 types of leek, 2 types of lettuce, butternut squash, peas, sweet peas, sunflowers, basil and cress.  The beans are way too early and will probably get chucked except the dwarf ones which are actually starting to flower!  The tomatoes got a little bit scorched when I put them out in the sun but have made a stirling recovery and I think they are going to be ok.  I’m a bit scared to put them out into the mini plastic greenhouse as they might all die and I’d be left with nothing.

I bought the packet of cress seeds in Morrisons, but it doesn’t look like the cress I’m used to…..these are like little umbrellas

I tasted some and it was quite peppery.

A lovely member of my local knititng group very kindly gave me some terracotta pots last week as she is moving away and can’t take everything with her.  I got quite a haul and am very grateful….thanks Sarah!

I ordered a few more seeds yesterday from MoreVeg who sell small quantities for 50p, cos I don’t need many.  I’ve got a couple of different squashes coming, some alpine strawberries and asparagus peas (and a few others, ahem!).  My veg patch is going to be absolutely heaving in the height of the growing season!!

In the next few days I shall be sowing some nasturtiums and pot marigold seeds which Flighty kindly sent me to use as companion plants and attract insects, and hopefully getting the rest of my seed potatoes into the ground as their chits are getting rather long now.  Looks like it is going to be warming up a bit again at the weekend although it could be a bit damp.

I shall also be going to The Chester Food & Drink Festival this weekend.  We go every year and my favourite bit is the lunchtime hog roast,  yum!  On Sunday, Eaton Hall is open to the public for the day so depending on the weather we may go along to that.  We went at the end of the summer last year so it will be interesting to see the difference at this time of year.

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.

Dunham Massey

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a free family pass for any National Trust property from Emma at Alternative Kitchen Garden.  So as it was a lovely bright day on Saturday we decided to go over to Dunham Massey, somewhere we had never been before.

Unfortunately the buildings are closed at this time of the year but we did get to visit the grounds and the winter garden.

Part of the grounds are a large deer park but it seems some of the deer are quite tame and like to lounge around near the old gardeners’ cottages.

 

The moat has a huge collection of water birds, mostly Canada Geese

This is the house itself, I would have liked to have had a look inside

And then into the winter garden where there were some lovely autumn colours on display

There was a small orangery which had two small veg beds in front of it.  These were being cleared to save the grass around them, as the wet ground was being worn down by people walking around the edges.  There were some impressive veggies left in them though including very bright red chard and (as you can see by the scale indicator – Mr Veg’s hand!) some large cabbages.

These seed pods are from a lily which I didn’t write down the name of (- doh!) which only flowers after 7 years and then only once ever!  It was at least 10 ft tall.

And finally in the fallen leaves of the woodland was a bed of tiny cyclamen.  There were hundreds of them.  I remember my mum always having an indoor one around Christmas and never knew they actually grew outdoors.

Spicy tomato soup

This is my attempt at the spicy tomato soup recipe posted on Little Balcony’s blog.  I blended mine with the stick blender when it was cooked, and I’ve just had it for lunch. Yuuummmmmmmmmyyyyy!!!

Thanks Laura, it was delicious!!!

 

Tidy toms

I had a new commenter today, Alison who blogs at House, Chickens, Eggs & Cakes.  As I scrolled back through a few of her posts to see what she gets up to, I noticed a post from about 10 days ago where she said that Monty Don on Gardener’s World was cutting all the leaves from his tomato plants to direct the energy into ripening the last of the fruits.  I still have a lot of green tomatoes on my plants so this afternoon I have been cutting all the leaves off.  I only had one mishap and cut the wrong bit, so I now have a small bunch of green tomatoes in with my bananas.

But this is what I am left with………

The whole thing is leaning rather precariously!  The red tomatoes belong to two plants, one is a Gardener’s Delight and the other is supposedly a Sweet Millions, but I have my doubts about that because the pictures I’ve seen of SM are round cherry tomatoes, whereas mine are more of a plum tomato.  It’s possible the labels got mixed up when I bought the plants.  At the very bottom of the picture you can just see my yellow tumbler which also still has loads of toms on it.  I picked this lot before I did the tidying…..

Exactly two weeks ago I planted a supermarket clove of garlic in a pot, and look what I found today….

The dog was allowed back into the garden this weekend and has peed on the lawn, and walked all over the borders!  Not the veg patch though because we have put up some trellis all the way round it just high enough for me to step over.  She could jump it if she really wanted to but hopefully she won’t work that out!