Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Funny weather

at the moment but the plot loves it, humid, sunny but also good downpours helping things along.

In the last week since the last post i had a good day down the plot and planted out the trays of seedlings. I have now 2 rows of pak choi which pleased one of my Philippine friends, 1 1/2 rows of little gem lettuce and another row of beetroot. The lettuce has really come on in the last couple of days, the 'webbs wonderful' is looking great. With the help of my son i sowed another tray of 'lollo rosso' lettuce, and another of mixed red and green lettuce. We also sowed another tray of basil as the current crop is going over, i've rather wasted it really but never mind.

When i was at the plot the other day i also weeded well, the peas have germinated pretty thickly and should provide a good late crop, the current crop are starting to be picked now! Its great to see our kids devouring peas straight from the pod's. I also put in the tray of leeks and have a good row there now, fingers crossed they survive.

The runner beans all seem to be slowly climbing the poles now and starting to put on the pretty pink flowers too, the broad beans are podding up nicely, i'll give most of those away though, and in the centre the sweetcorn are looking well. In the middle of the sweetcorn i put three butternuts, although as i previously said one plant was looking dodgy, and has since perished, the other two are okay as far as i can tell. I have however bought and sown another 4 butternut seeds as a backup plan.

Which is what i have also done with the courgette's, the two that survived in the plot are okay but slow growing so far, so i have bought and sown another three plants which look quite promising at the moment, i'll defiantly put these in the ground soon too.

Another pleasant surprise is on the path edge into my plot some raspberry canes have been growing, coming under the path from my neighbour plot!! They have suddenly starting producing some lovely fruit which the kids have loved picking! i must look at transplanting the canes into my fruit row that was started this year.

Finally, in the greenhouse and garden, the tomatoes looking good, the cucumbers look poorly still, even the new one i bought to replace the last dead one, and the chillis have whitefly. The strawberrys in growbags are producing the odd fruit, but also plenty of runners which i am starting to try to propagate into pots of compost as i need to start a strawberry bed at the plot next year. This is been my latest 'reading up'
topic as the kids love them and i need to start a proper 'production line'!!!

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