Ok it’s too hot. Too hot for posting blog posts. Too hot for gardening. Too hot to care about football (sorry did I say that out loud – what can I say – I support Scotland!). Too hot to sleep.
Anyway, I’ve been foolishly trying to build raised beds – although unfortunately the large one has turned up hopelessly warped, and the others’ quality is questionable….
I’ve built the first one with the aid of a mallet, I’ve squashed my squash plants into it for now. My garlic is drying out, my peas and beans are now almost over, although I might have to try for a second flush of peas….
I suspect if the heat continues my posts will also be a bit sporadic. Normal service will resume when the usual English weather returns. 😉
So I’ve been super busy so this is a bit of catch up post. A few pics from the garden (wisteria / lily), and greenhouse / allotment progress. I have neglected the allotment (a lot) but it turns out it doesn’t really need me – all the plants I put in (peas / sweetcorn / dahlia/ beans / cabbages) seem to be surviving just fine, even though it has been quite dry.
Some more pics of the allotment – and Sissinghurst Gardens – pretty obvious which is which – lol! Hope to have some film pics of the trip too…
A few pics from the allotment. A speedy trip to throw in the peas, and plant some seeds before holidays.
Carrots: Rainbow mix / Rondo / Chantenay
Swiss Chard – on tapes – I’ve tried these before with limited success but trying again. A few gooseberries coming along. A rhubarb flower.
Somehow I just haven’t been going to the allotment. Weather, travelling for work, just not feeling in the mood etc etc….
I finally got there to discover my sprouting broccoli had gone to seed, and I’d grown an excellent crop of fat slugs and healthy weeds 😦 .
Also my netting had split, and the rhubarb has taken over (aka Day of the Triffids).
So I’m starting again. Loving my raised beds which are easy to weed and already warming up. The main clay soil is still wet and heavy so I’m thinking of investing in some more raised beds.
I’m also upgrading the paths with wood chips – it turns out there is a free pile so I’m putting the chips on top of last year’s weed suppressing fabric.
I’ve “sewn” my netting back together and harvested some of the (quite sharp) rhubarb for a compote. I’ve planted some more broad beans as not all my autumn batch have germinated.
Meanwhile the seeds are coming along at home. It’s nice to be moving again.
So I’ve planted the following seeds, still running late, but hey-ho spring is running late so I reckon it should be ok….
Tomatoes: Sugar Plum, Tigerella, Costoluto di Fiorentino, Gardeners Delight
Aubergine: Prosperosa, Patio Mix F1, Slim Jim
Squash: Early Butternut, Winter Uchiki Kuri, Spaghetti Squash, Crown Prince, Red Kuri, Munchkin
Icelandic Poppy, Craspedia, Blue Lace Flower, Brachyscome, Rhodochiton Purple Bells, Agastache aurantiaca Navajo, Echinacea pallida, Aquilegia Lime Sorbet, Globe Thistle, the beautifully named Irish Poet, Gaura The Bride.
Also a few pics of the garden in spring.
I have finally started planting seeds – SO LATE!
The greenhouse is still not built as the weather has been very unfriendly. Easter was basically a wash out, although we have made some progress on the slab base – more on that soon… In the meantime I have taken to setting up a seed table in the house to get going.
So here’s my first seed list of 2018 🙂 Sweet Peas, Peas, and Mange Tout, as follows:
Sweet: Blue Velvet / Almost Black / Harlequin Mix (Lord Nelson/ Matucana/ Prince Edward of York)/ Opal Mix (Anniversary/ Mrs Collier/ Painted Lady/ Turquoise Lagoon/ Wiltshire Ripple / Hi-Scent
Pea: Tendrilla / Sugar Ann/ Douce Provence
Mange Tout: Carouby de Maussane (my favourite) / Shiraz / Golden Sweet / Oregon
So happy to have begun 🙂
The snow came. And the cold. -10.2 – I’ve never known it so cold here in the south of England. It was like being in Norway – so cold and dry and bright and beautiful. It was exhilarating just to be out in it. This was the lull after the first couple of days. A lovely sunny day. I walked over to the allotment to check all was ok. The snow was melting quite quickly – but then it snowed even more. As a nation we are not great at snow, it come too infrequently for us to even get the hang of it. But I love it. Here are a few pics from my walk.