Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Surprise !

hello its been a while !!

The allotment is in full swing and I've been busy sowing & potting on various seedlings.  I had a disastrous start to the season last year, with seeds failing and sporadic germination, but this year has been fantastic - I've had almost 100% germination.  My secret ... instead of spending a fortune on John Innes this year I've just used Aldi's seedling compost :) :)

Here is the 'salad' greenhouse ... Vick removed the raised beds, which were a bit too deep to be fully useable. As usual the kitties like to be close ... here is Kinder kindly warming the seeds before they are sown :)

So far I've sown:  broad beans, peas, dwarf purple beans, borlotto beans, climbing french beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, lettuces, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, melons, rocket, fennel, cauliflowers, cabbages, squashes & pumpkins.

I planted out my broad beans & peas around a month ago.  There was a wobbly moment when we had 3 nights of frost just as they went outside, but fortunately the bed is quite protected and so far they are all doing well.

I think this weekend I'll be planting out the cauliflowers & Vick's cabbages ... I've been anxiously checking them each evening for signs of slugs & snails, but so far the rain has caused more damage and I've lost a couple of seedlings.

The garlic & onions planted late last year seem to be doing well - not sure whether its been cold enough for the garlic to clove.

The rhubarb is in full swing as usual and I noticed that the gooseberry bushes have signs of fruit forming.

The tayberry / blackberry bushes have flower buds forming and the fruit trees are in full blossom.  Vick's peaches have already finished flowering and the fruit has started to set in the greenhouse.

I've replanted the strawberry beds and the plants are starting to flower - hope it is a good year for fruit again ! 

I've yet to plant my potatoes ... that will be another job for the weekend, along with sowing beetroot, salads and carrots.  Come on Summer ... I'm ready !!