Sunday, 7 June 2009

sun, sun, torrential rain, sun

Its been a great couple of weeks with dry and hot days, but this Friday it turned wet, very wet overnight and then torrential rain on Saturday and again overnight. It was much needed at the plot and in the garden, and will have added a bit to the water butts too.

In the last week i put in the dwarf french beans, runner beans, added to the lettuce row gaps with ones brought on in a tray. I again earthed up the potatoes, and in row next to them i dug a shallow trench and back filled it with bagged compost for the parsnip seeds. This was the method i used last year with great success, and i will also aim to get in another row soon.

I then one morning took over the tomato plants 'moneymaker' and put them in into a 3 x 3 block, staked and twined in to help against the winds. Another 2 of the yellow cherry plants that are also in the greenhouse i planted outside next to the block, and i had one plant of the variety 'san maranzo 2' which i put into a pot. The block of plants is in the area where the horse manure was previously so hopefully there is plenty of goodness now in the soil there for them to feed off.

As i said in a the last post the courgette plants were looking terminal so i planted four more when i got back. So far the pumpkins and butternuts have all germinated as well so i need to make sure the central area is finally dug over with the manure dug in for these crops. In the area will also go the sweetcorn which i sowed and have come up about 90% so far.

This week i had a morning off on Wednesday which i planned to spend at the allotment but it rained all morning. However i popped to the shed and sowed three trays of scattered seeds which if successful i'll put into the plot later. One tray had good old beetroot 'bolthardy' another was 'little gem' lettuce, and last was pak choi 'joi choi' variety.

The purple carrots seem to be doing well in a pot in the garden, and i thinned them out recently, and the strawberry plants in growbags are putting flowers on. I must also see when i planted the potato bag in the garden as its now huge and possibly ready for harvesting.

In the green house the spinach has bolted, and lettuce is possible going over, but the tomatoes and chillies seem to be doing well apart from a little white fly on the chillies. The cucumbers are okay with one doing very well, the other 2 coming on much more slowly.

This week i hope to sow more parsnips, carrots, swede, spinach, lettuce, peas. Weed, weed and make a decision about the weedy/carrot area!!!!

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