27 May 2008 at 8:24 pm (Garden, Weather)
Just got back from a long weekend – I’m practically in tears. The brassicas and squashes I left outside… the wind got to them. Some have been blown out of their pots, others look windswept. The hazelnut tree leaves look a bit worse for wear, plus one of the currant branches has almost snapped. 1 apple tree in a pot has shrivelled leaves, and another became a leaning apple tree…
Haven’t yet been to the allotment………………….. Will leave that until tomorrow, if I can face it.
14 May 2008 at 9:50 pm (Allotment)
And things need watering. The dryness of the soil made it easy to pick weeds by hand. I still didn’t do much weeding in the root bed, as it is difficult to tell a weed from a seedling parsnip or carrot.
OH had laid some weed control fabric down and I planted 4 blackcurrant bushes, but there are 3 more still to plant, plus the red and whitecurrants.
Planted out some of the salad stuff – Milan, Rubens Red Cos, Little Gem and Webbs Wonderful lettuces plus the two mustards, Giant Red and Osaka Purple.
I haven’t noticed many bumblebees around recently, though I have spotted honeybees. Also, there are a number of 2-spot ladybirds around plus their larvae in the garden.
12 May 2008 at 8:53 am (Allotment, Pictures, Seeds, Vegetables)
My son is holding our first harvest on Saturday, which incidentally is from Plot No. 2, a single radish (possibly Short Top Forcing, as OH didn’t make a mental note of the variety (could it be Sparkler instead?)). OH sowed Waverex peas.
Yesterday, I had a sowing session. I managed to salvage 18 Black Magic runner bean seeds from the evil-plastic bag from last week. Also, sowed 10 Kent Blue peas, 80 Prince of Prussia peas, 4 Milan Lettuce as well as French beans:
24 seeds of Coco Bicolor, a climbing French bean.
10 seeds of Magpie, a dwarf French bean.
10 seeds of Early Warwick, a dwarf French bean.
I still have seeds of other French Beans yet to sow – Horsehead, Canadian Wonder, Royal Red, Negritos and Cherokee Trail of Tears.
I didn’t do all the potting on I wanted, but still managed to do: 3 Locoto Rocoto chillis; 3 Szechuan aubergines; 1 Cascabella chillis; 1 Friar’s Hat chillis; 2 Italian Sugar Plum tomatoes; 1 Salt Spring Sunrise tomato; 1 Auntie Madge’s tomato; 2 Riesentomate and 5 Tomatillo.
11 May 2008 at 10:44 am (Allotment, Garden, Pests, Pictures, Vegetables)
Yesterday, I spotted sawfly larvae on the gooseberry bushes. Not many to start with – just 3, but I saw them because I noticed their “droppings” on the gooseberry leaves beneath. However, more woes for the gooseberry include greenfly but I have seen 2 two-spotted ladybirds “at it” on one of the branches, so hopefully, will have an army of greenfly-eaters soon. As well as the usual two-spotted, I have seen variants of the 10-spotted also in the garden.
Down the allotment, I’ve noticed pods on the overwintered broad beans.
Then, there are shoots coming up, but are they weeds or:
Then of course, there is the perennial problem of molluscs. OH, on Thursday, decided to open up several drinking establishments for them. There have also been a few woodlouse gatecrashers to the party by Saturday. Gardenwise, have been out a couple of times hunting. This time, armed with a brick for smashing snails (why would I want to smash pumpkins!), and with OH equipped with a fork from a fondue set. Carnage! Right, I’m off outside to clear it up, and to restock the slugbars in the garden.
6 May 2008 at 3:33 pm (Seeds)
A plastic bag conspired against me and a seedswap person by assisting white mouldy things to do their stuff on the nice Black Magic runner bean seeds. I have wiped off the white stuff from some of the beans and I think a few would be sowable. Others are to be consigned to the bin. Last year, only lost a couple of saved runner bean seeds – these were kept in plastic bag. I guess though that current lot of bean seeds weren’t quite dry. Maybe I’ll have to give the next lot of saved runner bean seeds a quick blast in the dehydrator.