Posts Tagged ‘square foot bed’

Onions – first harvest

My “Radar” onions had started to flop over and as they were getting quite large, and we had a dry afternoon today, I dug them up.  They are of varying sizes but all big enough for me to be happy with.  I’d say they were all at least as big as a tennis ball.

I also dug out a few bulbs of garlic as the leaves were getting very rusty.  In last weeks “Gardener’s World”, Monty Don suggested that this is the best course of action for rusty garlic even though the bulbs may not be fully formed yet.  The ones that came out were great but I have decided to leave the rest of them in for now and see if I can get them a little bigger.  These were “Vallelado” garlic, an organic variety from The Organic Catalogue which I planted on October 4th.  These were the first things I planted in my new veg patch and now they are fully grown and on their way in the big wide world.  I’m so proud, (sniff).

Radar onions & Vallelado garlic 1.7.12

I have put them all in the growhouse out of the rain, but with plenty of light to dry out.  Hopefully they’ll last long enough for us to eat them.

Also today I harvested another batch of broad beans for dinner, along with some lovely rainbow chard from the square foot growbag.

Broad beans and rainbow chard 1.7.12

I’ve got a Square Foot Garden

Well not officially.  I saw this growing bag in Morrisons a few weeks ago for a fiver and bought it, not knowing what size it was!  When I got it home it turned out to be a metre square divided into 9 sections.  So theoretically in old money each section is approximately a square foot.  So I have dug out my copy of All New Square Foot Gardening to have a proper look at.

We set it out today and so far there are 3 and a half 60litre bags of peat-free organic compost in there. And the first small offering from the bottom door of my compost Dalek, how exciting. I’ve watered it and will allow it to settle before I add any more, but it may not need it.  I’m not planning to grow the longest carrot in Cheshire in there!

I shall probably do lettuce, rainbow chard, leeks, and a few other bits and pieces with some kind of squash in the middle.  Or perhaps a tumbler tomato could go in the middle and I could keep my fingers crossed the dog can’t reach across that far!  I won’t be able to put anything fruiting in it for that reason, she’ll have the lot!

Any ideas for other things I can put in there?  I’ve got so many seeds I’ve probably got something anyone might suggest!!