22 March 2009 at 6:00 pm (Allotment, Seeds)
Other half went to the allotment this morning and planted out the first earlies, and sowed some Hangdown Green broad beans. Last week, on the 16th, he sowed peas (Kelvedon thing, Progress No 9, Greenshaft). No sign yet of anything sown, but then there hasn’t been much (if any) rain recently.
At home, have sown on the 19th, some spinach (Oriento F1), celeriac (Giant Prague), one Marner storing red cabbage, one Waltham calabrese, one Golden (Primo) Acre cabbage, one Romanesco thing, some “saved-seed” leeks, and some flowers.
Today, I also potted on 2 globe artichoke seedlings.
16 March 2009 at 12:57 pm (Allotment, Seeds)
On Saturday, we went down to the allotment. Planted out OH’s allium stash – Hercules onions and a handful of Picasso shallots. Still have more shallots to plant out (more Pikant, which I found in the boot of the car yesterday when we collected some twigs to use as pea-sticks).
OH sowed most of his broad beans – Bunyards Exhibition, plus some spinach – Medania, too.
Plot looking remarkably under control – OH has done a lot of diggging.
Back at the house, I sowed some more tomatoes: Cyril’s Choice; Auntie Madge’s; Bijskij zeltyi; as well as Peppers – Mini Bell Mixed; chilli – Tabasco; basils – Lime & Siam Queen; leek – Swiss Giant Zermatt.
11 March 2009 at 9:39 pm (Seeds)
The polythene slipped out of the magnetic hold, so we’ll have to find some way of securing better (though good job we staked one end so it didn’t blow away).
Been clearing out the greenhouse so that the seedlings on the windowsill can move in (out) there in a few days, still not finished though.
The one year old rhubarb seedlings are looking good and will need to be planted out some time.
Hope to sow more seeds indoors in the next few days – more salads, leeks, brassicas, tomatoes…
9 March 2009 at 11:11 am (Allotment)
Yesterday, the weather held apart from an early shower. So, we wondered down to the plot to do some more digging, and to prepare beds for sowing/planting. I planted out shallot sets (Yellow Moon, Topper, and Pikant – the latter obtained yesterday after lunch at a nice garden centre). I also planted out Garlic – Marco and the variety that was available at Ryton in January at Potato Day. Some onion sets were planted out too – White Ebenezer and Centurion. OH has his stash of onion sets somewhere and these were not planted out. In the middle of this allium-set bed, I sowed a couple of rows of Amsterdam Forcing 3.
Also, we harvested some purple sprouting broccoli – son loves this!
We were looking into cloches with the raised beds. I suggested to OH about putting nails in the raised bed frames, putting plastic (or fleece) over some sort of tubing bend into an arch and securing with Neodymium (NdFeB) magnets. It probably wasn’t the best idea to put this up yesterday in the wind! but it seems secure. The main problem was that the plastic was slipping and could perhaps slip out of the magnet. Maybe fleece would be better – perhaps more grip/less slippage.