Frantic Gardener on May 19th 2013
lots of things going on in our frantic garden - about time! It is a struggle trying to fit all these things in, I have to say!
So in the fruit bed, weeded, mulched and now the strawberry plantlets have gone in
In the greenhouse, the tomatoes have been potted up, the butternut squash and courgettes potted up, and the tall sunflowers. Was tempted to plant these out but it has been terribly windy and waily.
Because the veg bed isn’t ready, i have put my fennel and beetroot into containers to carry on in the greenhouse as an early crop.
BB and SB’s sowings are keen to get outside, and the radishes are edible. SO with DH we cleared the girls 2 beds so ready to go. BB planted out her beetroot and her coriander.
hoping to get things going this week, and perhaps sow some peas and bits and pieces direct on clearing some more beds.
Frantic Gardener on May 15th 2013
the sweetcorn have germinated really quickly, and I also sowed a second set as thought not enough. the courgettes and squash have also germinated. just waiting on the pumpkin
these trays need to be planted out or potted on. The weather has been execrable, so they have to wait until a bit better!
luckilly the french and runner beans sown outside are still ok, if not actually growing much
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Frantic Gardener on Apr 20th 2013
we have a lovely long beanwam as we all love eating french beans and also runners as long as stringless, so have sown some climbing green and purple french beans and some stringless runners - approx 30 of each. all in propagator in greenhouse
the propagator in greenhouse working well, and some things already out. one advantage of the late start is that things only need a boost and out rather than loads of sheltering. so here are the sturdier things already moved out
our apple and plum trees also now in flower as is our japanese quince
and here is a pic of the vine desperate for the supports!
Frantic Gardener on Apr 14th 2013
very happy such a high germination rate so quickly on operation catchup! BB’s tortoise food all up and the sunflowers and toms too
also our vine is springing back to life, so we really must get those supports up, and the spring cherry is in full flower
Frantic Gardener on Apr 6th 2013
it has been a terribly long winter! still snowing last week intermittantly, and may still snow again. However, the sun has been out on the weekend when I haven’t been at work. This means that I have finally sown some seeds. Due to the enormous cost that heating the greenhouse thus far would have been, and the lack of light in the house, I have abandoned peppers and aubergines for this year, tho we had a good harvest last year.
Today, I have sown:
tomatoes - gardeners delight and golden sunrise
sunflowers: sunspot and russian giant
an eclectic mix i will own! the propagator in the greenhouse isn;t yet connected to heat and hoping that will happen tomorrow. Planning to also sow then some peas, carrots mangetout and pak choi. all in modules as don’t trust the weather!
My daughters also been sowing.
DD1 an array of flowers and herbs
DD2 mostly salad leaves, edible flowers and things her tortoise Alfie will want to eat.
Frantic Gardener on Oct 17th 2012
as the twilight of this year darkens, it is the perfect time to think of the dawn of the next. so we thought of planting our spring bulbs. this involved a trip to a garden centre an a nice saunter around to see what we could put in the garden in the future.
we picked a good selection of bulbs - mostly dafodils and tulips, chosen by the girls for their pretty packets and then got planting in front of the conservatory in an area freshly weeded. we are hoping for a really good spring display
other signs of autumn in our garden
Frantic Gardener on Oct 14th 2012
and a sweetcorn that managed to escape! some were a bit on the stringier side, but i think harvesting until mid october is rather good