I have usually planted most of my seedlings by now, but as this isn’t a normal year (due to the cold Spring we had), I still have some to plant.
This week I have been busy planting various things and I must say my allotment is getting pretty full.
I started by planting some more cauliflowers. As usual I prepared the ground by raking in some blood, fish and bone a couple of weeks ago and then just before I planted them I trod over the area and jumped and danced on it. Brassica’s all need firm soil and you may remember that I also did this with my brussels a few weeks ago. One of my readers (Paula) said I had invented the ‘Brussell Sprout Stomp’, which made me laugh.
One of the main reasons for cauliflowers ‘blowing’ (loose heads, where the curds don’t grow together) is the soil isn’t firm enough. So I suppose you could now name the dance ‘ The Cauliflower Stomp’.
I covered my cauliflowers with environmesh:
This week I planted my ‘outdoor’ cucumbers. They are a variety called ‘Burpless Tasty Green’, which I have grown for a few years now with great success. The skin is slightly prickly so I do peel them before eating. They taste lovely, with no hint of bitterness, which some cucumbers have.
I also planted some more spring onions, as we eat loads of these and I like to make sure we have some available for a long as possible over the summer…
…and some beetroot and parsley:
Finally, I planted some Nasturtiums next to my runner beans. These are great companion plants as they attract blackfly. The blackfly prefers the nasturtiums to the runner beans, so the nasturtiums act as sacrficial plants.
The broad beans in my polytunnel are still producing some lovely pods for picking…
…and I had a lovely surprise this week as I found my first two strawberries ready for picking. I took them home and me and my daughters all savoured the lovely, juicy, sweet strawberries together. There really isn’t anything that tastes as good as freshly picked strawberries. If you have never eaten homegrown strawberries, you really do not know what you are missing as they taste nothing like supermarket strawberries, that are only bred for a long shelf-life.
Now we have had some warm weather and some rain, things have begun to grow nicely. I had a walk around my plot yesterday and I noticed a few things. The dahlias that I grew from seed have begun to flower:
The apples and plums are beginning to form nicely:
My second early potatoes have begun to flower:
My spring cabbages are finally ‘hearting up':
The first peas that I sowed this year are nearly ready:
My polytunnel is growing well:
And the lavender that edges both of my paths, is nearly in flower:
The bees will love the lavender after my poached egg plants have stopped flowering. When I stand amongst the poached egg plants there is still such a buzz of activity there:
Finally I thought I would show you what I do with lettuces after I have picked them, if I don’t use them all at once. After taking off the few leaves I need at the time, I pop the rest of the lettuce into an old pot full of water. Just like flowers in a vase, the lettuce stays lovely and fresh for quite a few days.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog today.
I will be back on Monday at approximately4pm.