I hope you all had a lovely Easter. The weather here was beautiful on Easter Monday and we even dug out our BBQ, which is something we haven’t done for an awful long time…..maybe giving up my allotments will bring nice advantages like this.
This week I have been seed sowing again. However I had to make some plant labels first.
I make plant lables by cutting up empty plastic milk bottles and they work a treat:
I then sowed some spring onions, butternut squash, outdoor tomatoes, melon, basil, coriander, lettuce and parsley.
I keep some of my seeds in the greenhouse which is heated to 10C and some of them inside our house to germinate:
I also sowed some climbing peas in toilet roll inners. These are a variety called ‘peashooter’ which are quite expensive to buy, so each year I save some of my own seeds – these are seeds I saved last autumn. The pea pods grow lovely and big and the peas are beautiful:
I also sowed my parsnip seeds in kitchen roll tubes. I sow them this way so I get a good germination rate and lovely straight parsnips…I have tried lots of different ways to grow parsnips and this way is definately the best.
You can read all about growing parsnips this way here if you are interested.
This week I decided to cover my onions and garlic to avoid the allium leaf miner, which is a relatively new pest in the Midlands. It attacks all alliums and over the last couple of years it did quite a bit of damage to my onions at my allotment. The alliums in my back garden may be protected as it’s pretty sheltered here away from the allotment, but as I have lots of enviromesh I thought I may as well cover my onions to protect them, just in case.
You can read all about the allium leaf miner here.
I made the cage for the environmesh exactly the way I used to at the allotment, using canes and bottles:
This week I also planted some lettuces. I will keep them under glass until they are a little bit bigger as the nights are still cold at the moment.
I also planted out the spring onions that I sowed on the 18th March. I always had problems getting my spring onions to germinate in my heavy clay soil and I found that by putting a few seeds in modules really helps. I don’t bother to thin the onions out as the bunch will grow happily together until you are ready to pull them up:
It’s lovely to see more and more things growing in my new kitchen garden.
Last week I tried to set up my first water butt, but I found it has a leak around the tap. I fixed the leak last week and now it is finally set up and waiting for rain:
This week I set up a second water butt next to my shed. I spotted an old grey piece of guttering hanging from the back of my shed and so I hooked this up to some guttering to make a ‘makeshift’ channel to my waterbutt. It looks a bit daft, but it will do the job for now:
Another job I finally got around to doing this week was to sort out the nets I brought back from my allotment. I measured them and labeled them, so I would know at a glace which one I should use in the future.
I also washed some of my environmesh and folded it up ready for use:
I managed to store them all in my storage boxes where I would normally store all my potatoes during the winter:
Now that my nets had been put away neatly, I was able to start to fill the large containers that I brought home from my old allotment plots. I put as much rubble as I could in find in the bottom of each pot together with a bit of polystyrene that I found. This will help with drainage and also reduce the amount of compost that I will need to use to fill each deep pot too.
I used the council green waste compost to half fill the pots (as this is only £2 for a large bag) and I will then buy some compost to top the pots up as this will have more nutrients in than the council green waste compost:
This week I also thinned the leeks that I sowed last month. I don’t need too many this year so I will thin them out a bit more in a couple of weeks so I get nice, strong healthy plants. The leeks are still very small as I only sowed them last month, which is later than I usually do, but I’m sure they will catch up:
And finally this week I planted some Primroses in my new kitchen garden. I love these plants as they look so beautiful in Spring with the daffodils, they are good for the bees and the plants grow year after year…..so I think they are a good plant to have in my kitchen garden:
Thank you for reading my blog today. I will be back at my usual time next Friday.
I hope you have a good week.