Allotment sowing, potting on and catching up with old friends
It’s about time I gave some seedlings some more space. The cucumbers (Tasty King and Tasty Green) have grown on really well and so I rewarded their enthusiasm with some more root room. There’s going to be far too many to fit into my greenhouse so I’ll take some to the allotment and squeeze them in with the sweetcorn. Otherwise, there may be a small stall in front of the cottage to help pay off my seed order debts.
My tomato Marmande seedlings were similarly enthusiastic so their gold star reward was also a new home. They looked a little sulky after the move but after a warm drink and 24 hours they had perked up – just like me after a flight!
Even though it’s only the beginning of May, I still feel really behind with my allotment. Normally I would have rushed all this sowing and by now you’d find me rueing my impatience. Even though the beds aren’t built at the plot I’m getting a headstart.
In other news, I now have a shed on my allotment (pictures to follow) and I managed to get its waterproof hat on before the rain started.
I’ve sown two types of sweetcorn, two types of Squash, Kale, Romanesco, Leeks, and, Purple Sprouting Broccoli. You can keep up to date with how they’re doing by checking my Seed Sowing Spreadsheet.
Catching up with old friends
I’ve been trying to grab some time to explore what has become of my cottage garden in the two years we’ve been away. We’ve been lucky that our tenants haven’t trashed the place but they weren’t gardeners and a trained eye can see where things are starting to creak. I’ll do a post re-acquainting you with the areas of the garden and detail my efforts this year to bring it back to life.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this image of a Libertia grandiflora. It’s an unassuming plant but, for me, it’s exceptionally special as I sowed this from seed some years back. I can’t remember if I got the seed from the RHS Scheme or Plant World Seeds, I’ll have to review some previous posts to see if I mentioned them. A couple of years ago I took out some native Iris foetidissima (the flowers look dingy to me and the leaves were coarse and rusted) and replaced them with this more graceful plant.
I feel like I’m coming back home and the garden has been waiting to put on a show to welcome me back. It’s a great feeling of connection to a space that’s been missing from life recently. I am home.