16th Sep 2010, 12:10
Really pleased with these : )
We had ornamental chinese lanterns in our garden when I was a kid. My family love the edible ones, these were from a small 9cm plant I bought in the spring which is now about 3 foot around.
Bought a few spring cabbage and kohl rabi plants today as my seedlings were so weedy, and also planted some red onion sets.
In other news, my next door neighbours gave me some panes of glass as they are having their windows replaced - perfect for home made cold frames ...
15th Sep 2010, 16:00
Won a local radio prize draw : )
Chosen a selection of propagation stuff, compost, raised beds, etc.
1 Planted out broad beans, celtuce, chicory and sowed endive
2 Sowed three types of carrots, two lots of beets, swede and radish, plus celeriac plants.
3 Waiting for ordered garlic, onions, shallots. Will interplant with spring onions
Mangetout peas at the back
Have numerous planters of Carlingford, Bambino and Maris Peer potatoes, all pre treated to be ready at Christmas : )
EDIT 20/10 Decorators somewhat trashed the beds.
First (red) onion sets coming through nicely
I thnk I was far too optimistic re the carrots, etc. Try at least two weeks earlier next year.
Foliage totally died off on two of the potato pots. Yielded a small handful of marble size spuds.
Planted out Senshu onions, garlic and elephant shallots. Also spring onion seed.
Edit 18/04 the black radish were a waste of space: big tops, tiny nondescript roots
Celeriac looking well but will need long time to mature
6th Sep 2010, 10:38
Cleared all but the last of the chard and earlier sowings of fennel. Planted out new chard, spinach, chinese broccolli, two kinds of pak choi. Sowed rocket and winter hardy lettuce.
Tunnel was another birthday present, came in handy as it was down to 5 degrees some nights this week.
EDIT 20/10 Chard was still going strong but now a bit mildewed. Caterpillars decimated pak choi. Spinach, new chard and lettuces doing well
Edit 28/2 Chard, pak choi, spinach all still productive. Planted some garlic last month, now showing through
Edit 18/04 fennel burst back into life, at least 3 plants. Salad and spinach going great guns. Pak choi all gone but was good.
6th Sep 2010, 09:24
H the Elder's parsnips are coming on well now that the summer produce has been cleared. The butternut squash are incredibly slow, will wait and see.
Would try broccoli again, but not bother with caulis.
Have ordered asparagus crowns to put in here in the spring : )
Edit 17/04 Planted the asparagus crowns today : )
6th Sep 2010, 09:01
Just three broad bean pods from six plants.
Not good : (
EDIT 20/10 about to plant out a few new plants for early crop next year. They died in the big chill : (
edit 18/04 spring sown ons loking good in pots in greenhouse
4th Sep 2010, 18:11
Tasty, loads of flowers but only three fruits so far.
My other cucumber was a disaster, grew one mutant monster when we were away and then stopped cold.
Edit 18/04 potted on 3 plants grown from seed
25th Aug 2010, 10:43
Late crop dwarf French beans, Orinoco (yellow) and Purple Teepee
24th Aug 2010, 17:10