Yearly Archives: 2018

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Inside Greenhouse

Greenhouse Tomatoes Aubergines Doing Really Well

The greenhouse is doing rather well this year, even if I do say it myself. The tomatoes are sturdy and a very healthy deep green. There's a load of fruits developing and some of the Ailsa Craig and Black Russian fruits are a reasonable size already.

Hanging Basket Strawberries

Back in Action After the Storm

Post storm repairs and reconstruction. Brassicas planted out after the cage was rebuilt. Tasty calabrese and strawberries doing really well in hanging baskets.

Flying Polytunnel

Storm Damage – Mini Polytunnel Destroyed

I thought we'd escaped damage with storm Hector until I went up to the vegetable garden and saw just what the power of the wind can do.

Inside Shaded Greenhouse

Greenhouse Shading, Netting Currants, Figo Cane Connectors

The greenhouse is shaded to protect the plants from scorching sun, the redcurrants are netted to stop the birds eating them and the best cane connector from Figo

Redcurrant Without Leaves

Pests & Problems, Homeguard Potatoes

Not everything goes smoothly. The caterpillar swarm has attacked the redcurrants, a homeguard potato was killed in action and even the Merry Tiller has needed attention.

Pricking Out Brassicas

Propagation – Sowing to Pricking Out

Making better use of space when propagating using the heated propagators and the process of pricking out the seedlings to transplant into pots and modules to grow on.

Potatoes Path

Challenging Weather, New Bed Finished, Potatoes

Challenging weather isn't helping on the plot but I've a new bed ready and the potato patch is organised and mulched. The path is refilled with clippings too.

Organised Greenhouse

Shed Repair – Setting Up The Greenhouse

The greenhouse has been set up differently this year and should be easier to look after - it's less crowded for a start. The shed leak is fixed and things are looking good in the polytunnel.

Propagators with Lights

Grow Lights – Do they work?

I thought I'd answer a few of the questions I often get about grow lights like Do grow lights work and which grow lights to buy.

Niblet in Polytunnel

Wonderful Weather on the Plot

Some decent weather, well absolutely brilliant for early May and a bank holiday, gave me a chance to really get motoring outside.

Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

36 strawberry plants in hanging baskets in the polytunnel. Catching up now that everything is finally coming back to life after a very slow start to spring.

Cherry Tree Polytunnel

Growing Undercover

For most people a greenhouse or a polytunnel are a great bonus. They really help the grower but they're not necessary. Growing where with high winds at our 200m altitude and exposed position dropping the temperature, without a greenhouse and a tunnel what I could grow would be severely limited.

Brassica Tunnel Storm Damage

Things go a bit wrong

I wish I was one of those TV gardeners. Drop the seed in the hole, stand back and cut to a magnificent plant. Unfortunately I'm just human and things go wrong. Plans look great on paper and then the weather changes against us or life just gets in the way.

Sowing Peas

Sowing Peas Indoors A New Method

Being as we're having such a cold spring, I thought I'd get my peas started inside to get a head start. I'm using a new method I was shown with some tweaks of my own.

Peppers Tomatoes Vitopod

Finally Spring, Catching Up

I've not posted for a bit because I've been too busy catching up with things outside now the weather has improved. Still chilly but things are moving on now.

Blue Sky

The Beast is Back

What a start to the season this is turning out to be. The week started with some lovely weather, blue skies and sunshine, but finished with the wind whistling over the frozen tundra of Wales as the 'Beast from the East' returned.

Parsnip Seedlings Rootrainers

Snow Again, Parsnips Successfully Germinated

Well things were starting to warm up and the weather forecast was for some sleet overnight so it was a bit of a shock to wake up to a white world again on Thursday. The parsnips are up and look to be doing really well

Propagators in Greenhouse

Sowing Plan for March 2018

When the 'Beast from the East' Siberian weather plunged us into deep midwinter, my February sowing plan collapsed. So the March sowing plan has been revised to take into account what didn't get sown to plan in February. Also long range weather forecast is for a colder than usual March.

View from Chicken Run

Snow & Storm

The cold and snow was bad enough but the final straw was the storm. The good news is that the polytunnel and greenhouse survived intact. The bad is not everything survived intact.

Microgreen Mixed Salad Leaves

Germination, Microgreens & Broad Beans

I've grown some microgreens from seeds with a sow by date of 2011 which is pretty amazing. You never know for sure with seeds. Broad beans - from sowing to seedling in just 3 days, which was a surprise to me.

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