Sunday, 25 April 2010

I'm sure I used to have a life ..

Here are the plant sale seedlings in the shop greenhouse ... it's getting pretty crowded ... I wish we had a bit more sunshine, everything is so small:

seedling2

Things are not germinating in the shop greenhouse, so I'm having to try and germinate everything in my glass greenhouse. If the plant sale is a success and if I manage knock down the brick greenhouse and if I manage to get my new greenhouse up and running then next year I might have a better chance ... that's a whole lot of IFs !!

seedlings

It looks as though I am going to be engulfed by bindweed this season, it is popping up everywhere. I'm digging it up by the wheelbarrow full. Unfortunately it is coming from the hedges so it's really difficult to eradicate.

bindweed

People keep telling me to use chemicals, but I really want to be organic, not least of all for my froggies, so I'll keep digging - weedkiller doesn't touch bindweed anyway in my opinion.

froggie

My peas looked like they were suffering with the heat so that and a combination of needing greenhouse space meant it was time for them to go out into the big wide world ... well under plastic cloches for at least. They are Greenshaft, so I must make some supports for them soon - and remember to give them some sort of protection from pigeons, I seem to recall they feasted last year, after the meeces had had their fill.

peas

peatunnels

Despite the fun the foxes have had, digging up the seed beds, my carrot & beetroot seedlings are appearing ! Yeay. Need to make sure I keep them well watered now - OH soaked the plot yesterday, but it's been so dry that within half an hour the beds appeared totally dry again.

Carrots

They are not quite in the straight lines that they once were and there are a few gaps that I'll need to fill in ..

Beetroot

My crab apple & brambly apple trees are budding up. The crab apple is a gorgeous colour:

Crabapple

Remember those newspaper fruit trees ! Here is the Gala apple ... looks promising so far:

Galaapple

Here is my fabulous new pigeon cage ... I need to get some pegs for the netting on a couple of sides and then it will be finished. It's a combination of bamboo canes, netting, zip ties & bulldog clips. My red cabbages, cauliflowers & broccoli are now in situ - I was going to give them a seaweed feed but the heavens opened, oh boy, did they open - so I beat a hasty retreat and headed for home ...

pigeoncage

It was incredibly dark by the time I left and there were rivers running through the lottie !

plot