Sunday, March 19, 2017

Everythings Green and Gorgeously Growing in the Greenhouse at the Allotment

What a lovely surprise to be greeted with after a week away from the allotment...

So to my allotment blog come chinwagwithme....

It was such a surprise to see that the pots in the greenhouse were looking so wonderfully green and fresh after a week away from the allotment.

 I was a  little concerned that having not watered for a week maybe they wouldn't have looked so fresh and happy.

The cauliflowers have now four leaves and are looking superb in their little pots, I will have to think seriously about making a cold frame on the allotment plot and will touch on this later on in my blog.

Courgettes have just started  to appear which is quite a surprise as I only sowed the seeds on the 4th March, I didn't over them either, I must have chosen to sow them on the right day. I remember it was a warm day, perhaps that may have had something to do with it. The sweet peas are looking fab too. Again, another one of the plants that will need to go into a cold frame too very soon.

Tomatoes will need to be potted into individual pots soon, something I will do next weekend as I haven't got the time this weekend to do it. It won't matter too much their doing fine.

Well impressed with myself, water melons and Marigolds looking wonderful, I have never grown a water melon so this is going to be quite a challenge for me. For now though I will leave the baby plant alone and just water but make a point of reading how to take care of this little treasure.

Leeks are doing well after being potted on last week into bigger pots, once the frosts are over probably in mid april I will plant these in with the red and white onions as that is a huge bed and I want to use up all of the space. Should have about sixty leeks!

Very excited that the sweet peppers are showing their little heads, I think out of everything I have ever grown before sweet peppers and lettuce and radish believe it or not have always been the ones I struggle with. I think maybe I get carried away normally and plant the seed to deep. Must have been lucy with the peppers their looking fine and dandy! I'll pot them on next week probably too.

The cauliflowers that you see above are absolutely wonderful to look at, very strong and content in their spaces, I hope that I can get this right, all the time they are i their pots I'm happy its when I have to put them in the ground I worry. My lack of experience with growing veg is going to prove challenging to say the least.

So this week I decided to sow some chard seeds in the long bed in the middle of the allotment plot. It's a very long bed so I am planning to break it up into sections. So to the left and right on both ends of the bed I have planted the chard seeds 3/4 inch deep in rows about 8 inches apart and at a spacing of about 10 inches, fingers crossed, and I mean that, hopefully, I haven't sown to early or to deep!

The weather forecast has just been on and we are going to have another cold snap, I really hope that I haven't started sowing in the ground to early.

I then covered both of the sections with some green netting to deter the birds from getting to the seeds. The rest of that particular bed will have the sweet peas growing up canes and peas on canes too.

Sounds lovely and I can't wait to see what I am visualising in my head actually panning out, we shall see.

So, you might remember in last weeks blog I sowed in this little bed covered with the cloche parsnips and lettuce, nothing has appeared yet. It's gonna be so exciting if something does appear, this is the first bed I have sowed seed in and I have high expectations at the moment, I hope I wont be disappointed.

The broad beans are doing well, once the lettuce show their little heads in the other bed I'll sow some more in the bed with the broad beans, that should give me a constant supply if I sow fortnightly.

Garlic is growing nicely.....

As I wrote earlier I want to make a coldframe at the back of the allotment and I am thinking maybe the little bed right at the back of the plot near the compost heap could possibly be made into a coldframe. I have two glass panels down by the shed that could go over the top of it. Something that I am going to ask hubby to help me with next weekend as the panels are heavy.

I'll show you next week how I have got on.

The plot itself still doesn't look that great, just plastic covers over everything really.

But I have to say to myself it won't look like this for much longer all of the lovely plants growing away nicely in the greenhouse will eventually be in the beds.

 I'm still feeling hesitant about growing in the ground, mad I know, but there are so many things to take into consideration, in pots in the greenhouse you look after the plants yourself, if you don't water then they may die if you over water they may die, it's entirely up to me to grow the plants to be strong and healthy.

In the ground however the little plants are up against all the elements, sun, rain, slugs, pests, birds, mice you name it and the plants have to survive them all and finally grow into food that we can eat.

I really hope that I am ready for this new challenge in my life because I'm not very good at accepting failure. Onwards and upwards, I will succeed!!!

In the Suntop in my backgarden

So the trial begins, I thought being that I was using water from the kitchen tap that the plants in the suntop would be thriving even more than those at the greenhouse at the allotment.

But that is not the case, they are about on average the same, using the water butt at the allotment has made no difference at all to the size or condition of all the plants.

The only difference that I can see is that the soil in the trays and pots at the greenhouse at the allotment have a green colouring to the top of the soil. Other than that on average both the suntop seedlings and the greenhouse ones are much the same.

I really must get a move on and pot on these leeks!

Now, these broad beans are doing extremely well in the suntop, I'm going to pot them on this weekend and then later on in April after they have been hardened off (left outside for a week or so and then brought in at night until frosts are no more) I will then put them in big pots and keep them at home in the back garden.

The sweet peas are doing extremely well, I'm going to pot them on too, later on this week into trays, I'll show you later in my next blog what I am going to do, I haven't done it before but one of my gardening books suggested that you pot them on into old insides of toilet rolls, yes I know sounds mad, but very logical. So when you want to plant them into their final spots you don't damage the roots, how clever is that, because the roll is degradable you just plant the whole thing where you want it to go.

You can just about see the celearic peering up out of the tray at the back of the sweet peas.

Next week I'll show you in my blog how I get on with this technique that I have found.

So the top shelf of the suntop is full of seedlings in their little bags waiting to germinate.

I decided to do lavetera and also to sow lettuce in trays just in case they don't come up in the ground at the allotment.

Now, I no this isn't a very good piccy but I wanted to try to show you the black bird nest that I saw the blackbird fly into today. Watch this space for better piccies as things progress with mother nature.

Anyway thats all for now folks, happy gardening and thankfully no problems or disappointments to discuss with you yet, let's hope it stays that way!

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