Garden Update 27th May 2017:
Seeds, Sweetcorn and Single Digging
This week I discovered that it is a 10-minute walk to my new allotment (previously we’ve been coming from my mothers’ which is in the next village and having to transport up wood and tools and sheds so it’s not been an on foot task). This is excellent as the dog gets another walk, time to run around the playing field and just 15 mins after leaving the house I’m unlocking the allotment shed door.
I’ve had two busy sessions up there this week. Last Sunday I single-dug (to remove the perennial weed seeds – no deeper as I’m doing a no-dig approach after this initial intrusion) two beds to complete my root and legume sections. I had to make a decision, whilst sitting with a coffee from a flask, that the climbing beans won’t fit in that bed. It would have been too crowded. Instead, they will move across to the other side of the path to what is now officially known as The Three Sisters Bed (rather grand) alongside my sweetcorn and squash plants.
Later in the week, I spent a short evening, after most of the heat had settled, finishing the cut flower bed. I’ve gathered together old seed packets, dished out by Gardeners Illustrated Magazine and some from the bottom of the seed tin, to start a cheap and cheerful cut flower bed. I have blocks of cornflower, Velvet Queen and simple Yellow Sunflowers, Cosmos, Calendula, Scabious and Ammi. This year I also bought Nigella and Zinnia from Chiltern Seeds so these went in too.
I have now moved everything over from mum’s greenhouse into my own, slightly less fancy/insulated, glasshouse. The hot, sunny weather has really brought some things on so I’ve shifted the Romanesco, Kale, PSB and sweetcorn outside so they don’t get too hot or stressed. I love how the red variety of sweetcorn has already shown its colours even at the seedling stage.
My Pepper (Long Red Marconi) and Chili (Anaheim, Cayenne Red) seedlings have all been treated to a room to themselves in small individual pots. I’m hoping this will spur them on to some more growth. The warmer weather has meant things have been much more successful than when I did the Chili Challenge a few years ago.
I’ve started off my climbing French beans for the allotment (Cosse Violette, Cherokee trail of tears) in pots to transplant once the bed has been prepared and they can go in with the sweetcorn and squash. The two squashes (Baby Blue Hubbard, Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato) have both germinated well and are at the two seed leaf stage.
I’ve also started off Asparagus Pea and New Zealand Spinach, both new crops to me, and they too will go up to the allotment when the beds are ready.
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Finally this week I sowed Garlic Chives, new to me also, and another try with Basil. I’ve never had success with Basil germination even with a propagator. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I shall persist.