Wednesday, 23 April 2008

A sunny outlook - at last! 23.04.08

Welcome back to Reads Retreat.

Sorry It's been so long since my last plot update - busy as usual trying to fit too much into too few days! A quick check of the MET office weather forecast tonight shows the overnight low to be in the region of 7C for the next 5 days - yippee !

I managed a big chunk of time in the garden yesterday, and thought i would share some pictures with you of the status quo:
Its looking kind of neat and tidy at last. This view from my conservatory door is pretty inspiring !
The newly dug bed on the edge of the patio will soon be home to some Night scented stock, Californian poppies, a few Pot Marigolds, and whatever else i can lay my hands on!
I spent a good few hours weeding this by hand but the end result should be well worth it.
Elsewhere in the garden:

The spuds in the buckets ( bit of an experiment ) seem to be doing just fine. The eager leaves are hungrily bursting into the light.
These have been well watered up till now ( helps to prevent scab from forming ) and will continue to get daily waterings until leaf growth is firmly established.
I've still got a lot more to plant, and I'm hoping that by staggering the planting times over the next few weeks I'll get a continual supply.

The raised beds are full of healthy growth as well as seeds planted directly into the warming rich soil that has been covered over the last 5 months. There are some weeds but not too many and not enough to be a worry.
The toms at the back are Gardeners Delight - maybe a bit early for planting out, but why not risk it ? I've plenty of plugs in reserve !
The Garlic in the foreground were planted last November, and are all doing fine.
Recently planted seeds include Rhubarb Chard, Carrot's, Beetroot, and their germination and growth is eagerly awaited.

The Broad Beans are doing really well too, with most of the overwintered plants now well over a foot tall.
The growing heads have been removed as these tend to attract the blackfly. Also, doing this helps to send the plants' strength to the crop, as opposed to just growing taller.
There's signs of slug damage to the leaves, but I can live with that for the time being.
Looking forward now to a tasty crop !

And finally for now, a pic of my hanging basket strawberry project. All appears ok, and after the recent cold snap which slowed the growth rate a bit, all now seems to be ok.
Plenty of new shoots appearing on the young stems.
Hopefully a tasty treat awaits!

Hope you've enjoyed the update. I'll try and get back into the habit of regular updates - it's going to be a busy next few months, and I'm looking forward to sharing my plot exploits with you all.

Come back soon, and please your comments!


1 comment:

Matron said...

It's great to read about others' exploits, and to share the same experiences and thoughts. This cold weather has stopped growth altogether, but just in the last two days of warmth so much has happened. Your strawberries look good, and will be at a convenient height to pick them too!