March 28, 2008

More Plants

Posted in Gardening tagged , , at 9:17 am by vicii

My parents bought my OH a hanging basket cascade thing for his birthday which will look really pretty when it is full of plants and they are in bloom in the summer, however I have been concentrating on vegetables and therefore haven’t bought any bedding plants so I needed to pull my finger out on this to either get some seeds to grow or get some plants whilst they were still small and cheap….

Hanging Baskets

Fortunately my dad told me that they were selling bedding plants in Wilkinsons which were good value – for smaller plug plants they have a 3 for £5 offer or for slightly bigger ones a 2 for £5 offer – therefore I spent £15 and got lots of plants; geraniums, lobielia, petunias, fushias, and some more that I can’t recall the name of!  So these are all in the greenhouse, currently still in their little modules since I had a hectic day yesterday. I was hoping to transplant them today along with digging the beds that need doing – however the weather is awful for digging so that may have to wait until tomorrow so I might leave the transplanting until then as well.  Plus this has the advantage that my OH isn’t at work so I can just concentrate on the garden instead of worrying that Izzy will need attending to.

Also, I’ve had a busy week this week so would like to spend today just relaxing – that is allowed isn’t it?!

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March 25, 2008

Potting Up

Posted in Gardening tagged , , , at 9:01 am by vicii

I went out to the garden centre yesterday to buy some compost and treated myself to a few other things….

Whilst I was there I also bought some herbs, strawberry plants, a blueberry and gooseberry bush and some onion, garlic and potato sets – All items that I needed anyway so it wasn’t that much of a treat (well maybe the two fruit bushes were!)

I also managed to sow some seeds; namely marigolds, tomatoes, leeks, lettuce, aubergines, basil and courgettes.  I have been saving the empty toilet rolls to sow my peas in, but completely forgot to bring them down so I haven’t sown any peas yet (I didn’t think trampling mud through the house would be a good idea) so maybe I’ll get chance to sow today, but it’s more likely to be tomorrow as I have a massive pile of ironing that really needs to be tackled.

I also put the onions and garlic into some compost in some seed trays to get them started – I know I need to put them in the ground, but I need to dig the plot first, so thought at least if I get them started whilst I dig the plot (either tomorrow or Friday) it would help progress them on a bit.  I know this works as I did it a few years ago while I prepared the beds before planting.  Also if they do set some roots this helps to secure them before planting out so that the birds cannot pull them out quite so easily.

March 3, 2008

Vegetable Sowing Plan

Posted in Gardening, Green, Projects, Useful Sites tagged , , , , , at 10:06 am by vicii

Yesterday I finally managed to decide on a sowing/planting schedule for the vegetables in the garden.  I also agreed with the OH on Saturday that it would be a good idea to cut off the bottom of the garden with some fencing and a gate to separate the vegetable plot from the rest of the garden and in time we can also get a greenhouse and shed built down there; I wasn’t so sure that he would be happy about me taking a large part of the garden for veg but he seemed more than up for it!

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A “before” picture of the garden. This is exactly as it looked when we moved in at the end of December, as yet I haven’t touched it. The red line is where I plan the have the vegetable garden, the grey area where the greenhouse will eventually go and the brown bits are where the veg beds will be.I plan to garden organically (as I have always done in the past) so know full well that I may have a good few problems this year until the garden is up and running properly, and I will be using a three bed rotation with one permanent bed. Bed sowing as follows (yet to determine varieties and buy them – that is the next task):

Bed 1 Year 1

  • Potatoes – plant out now to May
  • Carrots – sow every three weeks from April
  • Beetroot – sow every three weeks from now
  • Parsnip – sow out now/April
  • Onions – plant out now/April; Japanese onions Aug/Sep
  • Shallots – plan out now
  • Leek – sow in now, out Apr/May
  • Garlic – plant out now
  • Courgettes – sow in Apr/May

Bed 2 Year 1

  • Peas – sow in now, out Apr
  • French beans – sow in now, out Apr
  • Broad beans – sow out Mar/Apr
  • Sweetcorn – sow in/out Apr
  • Spinach – sow monthly Apr
  • Swiss chard – sow out Apr
  • Lettuce – sow every 2/3 weeks outside April onwards

Bed 3 Year 1

  • Cabbage – sow out Apr/May  (check types)
  • Brussel sprouts – sow out now/Apr
  • Cauliflower – sow out Apr (check types)
  • Broccoli – sow out May
  • Swede – sow out May/Jun
  • Turnip – sow out Apr/May

Permanent Bed

  • Rhubarb – plant out crowns now, need 2 or 3 plants
  • Asparagus – plant out crowns April, need sandy soil so need to refine my clay soil!!
  • Herbs – [need to update]
  • Strawberries – [need to update]