Weekly Update: 5 Jun 2011

Back from a wonderful holiday around the bay of Naples (aside:– I hope my lemons grow like that Smile ) and what do I find?  A garden full of monster weeds!  Unbelievable – in 9 days they’ve just taken over.  And not just the tiddly stuff – I’ve got 4 ft high docks and thistles miraculously springing up in my borders. What kind of weather have I missed whilst I was away?

Anyway, grass to mow, hedges to cut, garden to weed.  That should keep me going for a couple of weeks, but aside from that, The Mother In Law has done a good job of maintaining the veggies, with no casualties.

Given that everything survived, and we’ve had no late frosts, I’ve cleansed the greenhouse of ‘backup’ tomatoes, chillies, etc which were being retained, just in case.  Now down to my final greenhouse growing stock.

Loads of stuff now ready to harvest.  At last, time to reap the rewards…

 

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Basil – Christmas (2): GH – 4 pots
  • Beetroot – Kestral: GH – 24 mod, 1 spc
  • Broccoli – Redhead: GH – 12 mods, 2-3 spc
  • Broccoli – Rudolph: GH – 12 mods, 2-3 spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Red (2): GH 4 * 3″ pot – Initial germination
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – Good germination
  • Chilli – Chilhaucle Negro: GH – Transferred to Greenhouse
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc  – initial germination
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc  – initial germination
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc – initial germination
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – some germination
  • Swede – Helenor: GH 24 mod – Initial germination
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • n/a
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Asparagus Pea: Bed 26 – 5 Plants
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1a&b): Bed 27 – 33 plants
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: Bed 20 – 32 plants
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continues, flowering well
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: Bed 1 – 8 plants, no protection
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Bed 2 – 8 plants, netted
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. 
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: Bed 28 – 10 plants
  • Calendula – Nova (1 &2): Edging beds 24, 28, 29, Alex’s bed
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: Bed 9 – 16 plants 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: Bed 14 – 20 plants   
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 4l pot
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 4l pot
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH  2 into 4l pots
  • Chilli – Cayenne: CF GB – 6 plants
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH 4 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: OD Patio – 3 plants in 12” pot
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 4l pot
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Bed 28f – 3 plants
  • Courgette – Calvili: Bed 24 – 4 plants
  • Courgette – Orelia: Bed 13 – 2 plants
  • Cucumber – Fadia: GH – 3 * 4l pots  
  • Cucumber – Fadia: OD Patio – 1 * 12” pot  
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: GH – 2 * 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: CF GB – 3
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: Bed 26 (8 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: Bed 26 (10 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: Bed 26 (7 plants)
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: OD – Planted in various locations, primarily pots
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: OD – Planted in various locations, primarily pots
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: OD – Planted in various locations, primarily pots
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Bed 29f – 3 plants
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Kale – Nero di Toscana: Bed 3 – 8 plants
  • Leek – Bandit: Bed 30 – 36 mods
  • Leek – Helios: Bed 25 – 25 mods
  • Leek – Pandora:  Bed 5 – 25 mods
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  Bed 12
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  Bed 17 
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  Bed 12,17 
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 3 plants – 4l Pots
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: CF GB 5 plants
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: CF GB – 5
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: OD Alex – 1 plant
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Salad Laser: Bed 18 – no signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: Bed 32 – 4 Plants
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: Bed 29 – 6 plants
  • Squash – Zephyr: Bed 13 – 2 plants
  • Sunflower – Kong: Bed 24 – 6 plants 
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: Bed 6 – 32 Plants
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1a& b): OD – various locations, mainly pots & tomato baskets
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH GB 14 plants
  • Tomato – Legend: GH – 1 plant, 12” pot
  • Tomato – Legend: OD GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH1 * 4l
  • Tomato – Milla (1): OD Patio – 2 * 12” pot
  • Tomato – Milla (2): OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH GB –  3 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: Bed 23 – ?? plants
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Basil – Christmas (1): GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH
  • Basil – Red: GH
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Pick as whole pods
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Initial harvest
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Harvest continues
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Pick for mange tout
  • Rocket – Bed 3, 28
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1 & 2): Bed 7 – Initial plants almost ready to harvest
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: Composted
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: Composted
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: Composted
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: Composted
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (seedlings): Disposed of – no requirement for infill
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • n/a

Inter-weekly Update! 26 May 2011

I just needed to write this down before we leave for Italy.  Finally managed to finish off the activities planned for last weekend, including:-

  • Topping up the potatoes with more soil
  • Setting up the veggies to grow in containers on the patio
  • Planting out Alex’s veggies
  • Setting out the companion plants
  • Sowing the seeds I missed last week
  • Sowing an additional set of French Beans, principally for Alex as all of her Sunflowers have suffered really badly with the strong wind, and are just not going to recover Sad smile

Left the Mother in Law in charge whilst I’m away…

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: GH – 1 pot, 3 spc
  • Swede – Helenor: GH 24 mod 2spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Christmas: GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Red: GH 4 * 3″ pot – Initial germination
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – Good germination
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1b): GH – Good germination
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: GH – 85% germination
  • Chilli – Chilhaucle Negro: ID – 5/6 seeds germinated
  • Kale – Nero di Toscana: GH – Good germination
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: GH 1 * 3″ pot – initial germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – some germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot growing
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  GH pots some signs of germination
  • Squash – Zephyr: GH 4 * 3” pots, initial signs of germination
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 9cm (+3 * 3″).
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 9cm
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 10cm (+ 1 * 3″)
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Asparagus Pea: Bed 26 – 5 Plants
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: Bed 20 – 32 plants
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued, initial flowering
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: Bed 1 – 8 plants, no protection
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Bed 2 – 8 plants, netted
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. 
  • Calendula – Nova (1 &2): Edging beds 24, 28, 29, Alex’s bed
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – germination continues
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: Bed 9 – 16 plants 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: Bed 14 – 20 plants   
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH  2 into 4l pots
  • Chilli – Cayenne: CF GB – 6 plants
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH 4 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: OD Patio – 3 plants in 12” pot
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Bed 28f – 3 plants
  • Courgette – Calvili: Bed 24 – 4 plants
  • Courgette – Orelia: Bed 13 – 2 plants
  • Cucumber – Fadia: GH – 3 * 4l pots  
  • Cucumber – Fadia: OD Patio – 1 * 12” pot  
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: GH – 2 * 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: CF GB – 3
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: Bed 26 (8 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: Bed 26 (10 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: Bed 26 (7 plants)
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: OD – Planted in variuos locations, primarily pots
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: OD – Planted in variuos locations, primarily pots
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: OD – Planted in variuos locations, primarily pots
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Bed 29f – 3 plants
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Leek – Bandit: Bed 30 – 36 mods
  • Leek – Helios: Bed 25 – 25 mods
  • Leek – Pandora:  Bed 5 – 25 mods
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  Bed 12,17 
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 3 plants – 4l Pots
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: CF GB 5 plants
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: CF GB – 5
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: OD Alex – 1 plant
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants
  • Rocket – Bed 3, 28  – ?? mods
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Salad Laser: Bed 18 – no signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: Bed 32 – 4 Plants
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: Bed 29 – 6 plants
  • Sunflower – Kong: Bed 24 – 6 plants 
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: Bed 6 – 32 Plants
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1a& b): OD – various locations, mainly pots & tomato baskets
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH GB 14 plants
  • Tomato – Legend: GH – 1 plant, 12” pot
  • Tomato – Legend: OD GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH1 * 4l
  • Tomato – Milla (1): OD Patio – 2 * 12” pot
  • Tomato – Milla (2): OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH GB –  3 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Initial plants almost ready to harvest
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: Bed 23 – ?? plants
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH Still weak, but pick anyway
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH Ready for harvest
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , ready for initial picks
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Ready for initial picks
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: outside for final picks. Productive crop, just too many!
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: outside for (first &)final picks – Not really required with the other bags. Impacted by slow germination
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: outside for final picks. Productive crop
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: outside for final picks – Productive crop
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • Sunflower – Kong: 6 plants damaged/killed by combination of strong winds & dehydration/under potting  

Weekly Update: 22 May 2011

Another REALLY windy week, but frost free.

A real challenge this weekend, which I didn’t quite meet.  Going on holiday next week I’ll miss my scheduled plant out of tender veggies, rerouting the irrigation and reconfiguring the greenhouse for the summer crops, so I had planned to get the next 3 weekends worth of work done over 2 days.  Unfortunately I hadn’t planned on having an operation on my arm this week, along with a few additional personal commitments, so this turned into little more than a pipe dream.

I did, however, get the greenhouse sorted and beds planted out.  I failed to sort out my new seed sowing, planting out the patio pots, Alex’s bed and all of the companion plants.  Everything being equal, I’ll have a go at these later in the week before we leave.  At least the drip irrigation has been set up and I’ll be monitoring over the next few days to ensure that it’s OK to leave on whilst we’re away.

Of course, the big risk is the a potential late frost – this would have a massively devastating impact on what’s been planted out, and normally I’d be waiting another week before I’d consider this activity.  However the forecast looks good, so fingers crossed.

A review of some of the plants has shown that a chilli and a couple of tomatoes have suffered from a combination of the misting (damping off at the base where it’s been just too wet), and in some cases, attached by slugs.   Some of the tomatoes also suffered from the compact growing space – very weak and straggly. However we have enough ‘good’ plants to progress

For some reason, some of my Dwarf French Beans have lost their main leaves.  Initially I though this was the dreaded pigeons again, but it’s more or less confined to the main leaves of one variety only – could this just be the wind?

Finally rekeyed the 27 March weekly update!

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • n/a
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Christmas: GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Red: GH 4 * 3″ pot – Initial germination
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – Good germination
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1b): GH – Good germination
  • Calendula – Nova (1): Moved trays outside to harden off
  • Calendula – Nova (2): Moved trays outside to harden off
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: GH – 85% germination
  • Chilli – Chilhaucle Negro: ID – 5/6 seeds germinated
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: Moved trays outside to harden off
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: Moved trays outside to harden off
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: Moved trays outside to harden off
  • Kale – Nero di Toscana: GH – Good germination
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: GH 1 * 3″ pot – initial germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – some germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot growing
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  GH pots some signs of germination
  • Squash – Zephyr: GH 4 * 3” pots, initial signs of germination
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1a): Moved trays outside to harden off
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1b): Moved trays outside to harden off
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 9cm (+3 * 3″).
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 9cm
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 10cm (+ 1 * 3″)
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Asparagus Pea: Bed 26 – 5 Plants
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: Bed 20 – 32 plants
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued, initial flowering
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: Bed 1 – 8 plants, no protection
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Bed 2 – 8 plants, netted
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. 
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – germination continues
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: Bed 9 – 16 plants 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: Bed 14 – 20 plants   
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH  2 into 4l pots
  • Chilli – Cayenne: CF GB – 6 plants
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH 4 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: OD Patio – 3 plants in 12” pot
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 3 * 4l pots
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH 3 * 4l pots
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Bed 28f – 3 plants
  • Courgette – Calvili: Bed 24 – 4 plants
  • Courgette – Orelia: Bed 13 – 2 plants
  • Cucumber – Fadia: GH – 3 * 4l pots  
  • Cucumber – Fadia: OD Patio – 1 * 12” pot  
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: GH – 2 * 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: CF GB – 3
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: Bed 26 (8 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: Bed 26 (10 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: Bed 26 (7 plants)
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: Bed 8 – 5 plants
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Bed 29f – 3 plants
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Leek – Bandit: Bed 30 – 36 mods
  • Leek – Helios: Bed 25 – 25 mods
  • Leek – Pandora:  Bed 5 – 25 mods
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  Bed 12,17 
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 3 plants – 4l Pots
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: CF GB 5 plants
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: CF GB – 5
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: OD Alex – 1 plant
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants
  • Rocket – Bed 3, 28  – ?? mods
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Salad Laser: Bed 18 – no signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: Bed 32 – 4 Plants
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: Bed 29 – 6 plants
  • Sunflower – Kong: Bed 24 – 6 plants 
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: Bed 6 – 32 Plants
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH GB 14 plants
  • Tomato – Legend: GH – 1 plant, 12” pot
  • Tomato – Legend: OD GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH1 * 4l
  • Tomato – Milla (1): OD Patio – 2 * 12” pot
  • Tomato – Milla (2): OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH GB – 6 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH GB –  3 plants
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: OD GB – 3 plants
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Initial plants almost ready to harvest
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: Bed 23 – ?? plants
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH Still weak, but pick anyway
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH Ready for harvest
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , ready for initial picks
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Ready for initial picks
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 –Fully harvested. All running to seed but a good yield of useful late season leeks
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: Moved outside for final picks. Productive crop, just too many!
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: Moved outside for (first &)final picks – Not really required with the other bags. Impacted by slow germination
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: Moved outside for final picks. Productive crop
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: Moved outside for final picks – Productive crop
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio – Rotted off from base
  • Cucumber – Fadia: Slug damage & rotting from base  

Weekly Update: 15 May 2011

Again, very seasonal weather with showers, gusty winds and broken cloud. No frost this week though.

Their back – The pigeons have attacked big time.  Last week they found the Kohl Rabi, which I duly covered up, along with the Broccoli just in case.  This week they’ve systematically ripped out 75% of my red onions, even through they’ve got 4″ of green sprouting growth! They’re taking out my spring onions and picking at the broccoli through the netting.  After an optimistic start, ot looks like it’ll be another Stalag year for the veggies, with netting over everything.  Recommendations for good pigeon deterrents welcomed (anyone got a kestrel they can lend me?)

Took a bit of a gamble on some of the planting,  got the maincrop Cucumbers and Peppers into the coldframe, Sunflowers, Sweet Dumpling squash & French Beans out into the beds.  Hopefully they’ll be no more frost…

Finally I’m moving more stuff out of the greenhouse than I’m putting in and decided to have a big reorganization.  Managed to engineer out one of my large pieces of staging and create enough space for 4 of my Tomato growbags.  3 bags of Ferline and one Sungold planted out with drip irrigation – they were starting to get too big for their pots, so getting these off to an early start should hopefully pay dividends

The loss of staging and Greenhouse wallspace has left me with trays of plans scattered across the floor.  I decided to suspend the hanging baskets from loops to the greenhouse frame, only to have heart failure when 2 baskets came crashing down after only a couple of minutes.  4 of the 6 chains had apparently sprung open.  This obviously doesn’t bode too well as they were relatively light, needed watering, only 2/3 full of compost, not fully planted up and the tomatoes are still relatively small.  Apart from covering the French Beans in compost, little harm was done to the plants.  The chains were reassembled and carefully inspected.  I’m assuming that they may have been twisted, so will give them the benefit of the doubt for now.  If not, they’ll be going back to B&Q as unfit for purpose…

The Pre-sprouting of the Chilhuacle Negro Chillis has been a huge success.  5 of the 6 seeds sprouted well, and after 4 days were dropped carefully on top of pots of compost and lightly covered.  2 days later, all five were pushing through with leaves.  The initial rooting was more vigorous than I had anticipated, and needed to leave a small amount of the soaked kitchen paper attached to the root so as not to cause any damage.  Highly recommended as a controlled sprouting mechanism for those expensive or difficult seeds in the future!

Amazingly, after 2 months, ALL of my pots of Parsley are now showing signs of germination.  I have no idea what triggered this, but it looks like we’ll eventually have a few to spread around.  Ironically, this was the week when I planted out the 3 pots of Parsley from the very last batch sown

Still need to rekey the 27 March weekly update…

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Basil – Red: GH 4 * 3″ pot
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: GH 1 * 3″ pot
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Asparagus Pea: GH – 40% germination 
  • Basil – Christmas: GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – Good germination 
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1b): GH – Good germination
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH – Good growth
  • Calendula – Nova (1): GH – Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Calendula – Nova (2): GH – moderate germination 
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: GH – 85% germination 
  • Chilli – Chilhaucle Negro: ID – 5/6 seeds germinated
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Moved GH – Good growth
  • Courgette – Calvili: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • Courgette – Orelia: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH – good growth
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH – good growth
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH – Good growth
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • Kale – Nero di Toscana: GH – Good germination
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination
  •  Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. no signs of germination 
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  •  Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – no signs of germination 
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot growing
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  GH pots No signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: GH.  6 of 6 – Good growth
  • Squash – Zephyr: GH 4 * 3” pots, initial signs of germination
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – Good growth 
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1b): GH – Good growth
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 9cm (+3 * 3″).
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 9cm
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 6 planted into CF Growbag, 2 into 4l pots (+1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 transplanted to 4l pots (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH10 – 4 transplanted to 4l pots (+ 6 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH8 4 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 10cm (+ 1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Fadia: GH – 6 of 6 – potted into 4l pots  
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: GH – 2
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 8 – Good growth
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: GH2 – good growth
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH14 * 3” good growth
  • Tomato – Legend: GH20 * 3” good growth
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH3 * 4l + 1 * 3” 
  • Tomato – Milla (2): GH9 * 3” pots
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH8 pots continue to look strong
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH9 * 3”
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued, initial flowering
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: Bed 1 – 8 plants, no protection
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Bed 2 – 8 plants, netted
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. 
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – germination continues 
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: Bed 9 – 16 plants  
  • Chard – Bright Lights: Bed 14 – 20 plants   
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: CF GB – 3 
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: Bed 26 (8 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: Bed 26 (10 plants)
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: Bed 26 (7 plants)
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: Bed 8 – 5 plants 
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: Bed 8 – 5 plants 
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: Bed 8 – 5 plants 
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Good growth continues
  • Leek – Helios: Bed 25 – 25 mods 
  • Leek – Pandora:  Bed 5 – 25 mods
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  Bed 12,17 
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: CF GB – 5 
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants
  • Rocket – Bed 3, 28  – ?? mods
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Salad Laser: Bed 18 – no signs of germination
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: Bed 29 – 6 plants 
  • Sunflower – Kong: Bed 24 – 6 plants  
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Strongest plants half fill bed. BFB, PM 
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: Bed 23 – ?? plants
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH Still weak, but pick anyway
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH Ready for harvest
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , ready for initial picks
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Ready for harvest
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues. harvest continues
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – initial picks
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH – Harvesting continues
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – initial picks
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • n/a
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • Spinach – Medinia: – Poor quality & yield, written off remaining crop

Weekly Update: 8 May 2011

Weather much more seasonal, with a single snap frost on Monday night which no doubt caught a few people out after the bank holiday.  Everything ended up covered in fleece, but all survived.  Now we have cooler temperatures, overcast and showers.  Really just what the garden needed

Not a huge amount of action this week – a number of trays planted out and a few plants potted up.

Harvests continue – I have to admit to some disappointment with the grow bag spinach, it ran to seed very quickly and after only 2 picks, it looks like it’s about to die off.  Wouldn’t recommend this variety for growbags next year – not worth the effort.  Unlike all of the salad, which is growing like nobody’s business.

The replacement Chilli seeds arrived from Nicky’s Nursery (star!).  A packet of Chilhuacle Negro should be a fair alternative to the Ancho Mulato which failed so amazingly.  6 seeds have been sown on paper for pre-sprouting in an attempt to speed up the germination process and allow these to catch up

Last year’s Leek – Giant White Vernal, now being picked.  Still good despite efforts to bolt.  Amazing to be picking leeks in May!

Finally started to pick the Basil.  Note for next season – the fist sowing was a waste of time.  It didn’t develop quickly enough in the greenhouse and splitting the pot caused too much damage.  Sow fewer seeds in multiple pots, start from Early March, or sow & grow indoors

Still need to rekey the 27 March weekly update…

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Chilli – Chilhaucle Negro: ID – 6 seeds pre-sprouting
  • Kale – Nero di Toscana: GH 12 mod 3spc
  • Spring Onion – Salad Laser: Bed 18 – 2 broad rows
  • Squash – Zephyr: GH 4 * 3” pots, 1spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Asparagus Pea: GH – 40% germination 
  • Basil – Christmas: GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – Good germination 
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (1b): GH – Good germination
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH – Good growth
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: GH – 80% germination
  • Calendula – Nova (1): GH – Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Calendula – Nova (2): GH – moderate germination
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – initial signs of germination, suffering from lack of rain?
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: GH – 85% germination 
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: GH – Good growth 
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Moved GH – Good growth
  • Courgette – Calvili: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • Courgette – Orelia: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: GH – 100% germination  
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: GH – 95% germination 
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: GH – 65% germination 
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: GH – Good germination 
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: GH – Good germination 
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: GH – Good germination 
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH – good growth
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH – good growth
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH – Good growth
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Moved GH – Good growth 
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination
  •  Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. no signs of germination 
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  •  Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – no signs of germination 
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot growing
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  GH pots No signs of germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  GH3 – Good growth continues
  • Squash – Avalon: GH.  6 of 6 – Good growth
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH  –  12 Good growth
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Good growth, VERY pot bound 
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – Good growth 
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1a): GH – Good growth
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem (1b): GH – Good growth
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 9cm (+3 * 3″).
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 9cm
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 6 planted into CF Growbag, 2 into 4l pots (+1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 transplanted to 4l pots (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH10 – 4 transplanted to 4l pots (+ 6 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH8 4 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 10cm (+ 1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Fadia: GH – 6 of 6 – potted into 4l pots  
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: GH – 5
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 8 – Good growth
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: GH7 – good growth
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH14 * 3” good growth
  • Tomato – Legend: GH20 * 3” good growth
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH3 * 4l + 1 * 3” 
  • Tomato – Milla (2): GH9 * 3” pots
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH8 pots continue to look strong
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH9 * 3”
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued, initial flowering
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: Bed 1 – 8 plants, no protection
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. 
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Chard – Bright Lights: Bed 14 – 20 plants   
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Good growth continues
  • Leek – Helios: Bed 25 – ? mods 
  • Leek – Pandora:  Bed 5 – ? mods
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants
  • Rocket – Bed 3, 28  – ?? mods
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Strongest plants half fill bed. BFB, PM 
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: Bed 23 – ?? plants
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH Still weak, but pick anyway
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH Ready for harvest
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , ready for initial picks
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Ready for harvest
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues. harvest continues
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – initial picks
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH – Harvesting continues
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – initial picks
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – Harvest continues, poor health – weak
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • n/a
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: Written off. No signs of germination in pot or pre-sprouting. Replacements turned up!
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – Written off. No signs of germination

Weekly Update: 1 May 2011

Yet another fantastic week of weather – what a great holiday we’ve had!  Still no frost and no rain (the garden is suffering somewhat from that – the Rhubarb is looking well under the weather and had a good drenching today), with temperatures in the low 20’s, but gusting winds towards the end of the week

My new Greenhouse shading arrived and was duly fixed up – some permanent clips screwed to the exterior now support the single soft membrane in place.  So much better than the multiple pieces of tough plastic sheeting individually screwed in place (although it was very effective).  This new shading doesn’t reach the floor, so allows additional light in, hopefully without any disproportionate increase in temperature.  In place, the temp maxed out today at 32oC, instead of 37oC last week – however this still seems quite high compared with last year – we’ll just have to see how it copes in the height of summer

I was reading an article on the Cottage Smallholder, and how Fiona had managed to unearth a secret underground wave of Asparagus Pea haters.  If only I’d found this a few weeks ago!  I’ll have to mark this down as an official experiment now, and I’m expecting to hate them!  That put me in a bad mood.  However, to cheer me up, I did get a recommendation to an offer from Crocus on cheap Lemon trees.  I put an order in straight away.  It arrived on Thursday covered in blossom, and now has a shiny new terracotta pot and pride of place on my new driveway.

Tumbler tomatoes were potted up into their hanging baskets – I don’t really have the space but they were getting straggly.  I also potted up a proportion of the Chilli plants directly into their final 4l pots.  Again a bit of a squeeze in the greenhouse.  6 Cayenes were planted up in the coldframe into a growbag, as per last year when they were very successful.  Now on double alert from frosts, just in case

Managed to dig over all the remaining beds and had enough compost to top all but 3.  I managed to snap the Fork handle in the process (Two Ronnies, anyone?)

Topped up the potatoes with a little extra compost and got out to the garden centre for a new fork and enough compost and growbags to last me the rest of the season

Last year’s Leek – Toledo finally completed.  In the end, they were really very good and would consider them again

Still need to rekey the 27 March weekly update…

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Cauliflower – Prestige: 12 mods, 2 spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Asparagus Pea: GH – initial germination 
  • Basil – Christmas: GH – 2 pots – Good growth
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , strong growth
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – initial germination 
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden: GH – 1 * 40 mod – limited germination (25%). Gap filled
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH – 66%germination
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: GH – Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: GH – 80% germination
  • Calendula – Nova (1): GH – Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Calendula – Nova (2): GH – moderate germination
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – initial signs of germination, suffering from lack of rain?
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: GH – Good growth 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: GH – Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: ID – No signs of germination. Reported to Nicky’s Nursery
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Moved GH – 5 of 5 germinated
  • Courgette – Calvili: Moved GH – 4 of 6 germination
  • Courgette – Orelia: Moved GH – 9 of 10 germinated
  • Cucumber – Fadia: Moved GH – 6 of 6 – Good growth continues
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: GH – no germination  
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: GH – initial germination
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: GH – initial germination
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: GH – initial germination
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: GH – initial germination
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: GH – initial germination
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH good growth
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH good growth
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH Good growth
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Moved GH Good growth 
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Leek – Helios: GH good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Leek – Pandora:  GH Good growth – Consider planting out next week
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, initial signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid (1): GH no signs of germination 
  •  Nasturtium – Milkmaid (2): ID. Seeds soaked 12 hrs. 13 seeds planted 
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (1): GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid 
  •  Nasturtium – Tall Mixed (2): ID – Seeds soaked 12 hrs. 22 seeds planted 
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot growing
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2a):  GH pots No signs of germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2b):  GH3 – Good growth continues 
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Rocket – Cultivated: GH – Good germination 90%  – Consider planting out next week
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – No signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: GH.  6 of 6 – Good growth 
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH  –  12 Good growth 
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Good growth 
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – Good growth  
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem: 50% germination.  Resown gaps sprouting
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: GH Strong growth – Consider planting out next week
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1a): GH Still weak
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1b): GH Strong growth
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 4 * 4l (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 4 * 9cm (+3 * 3″).
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1 * 9cm
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 6 planted into CF Growbag, 2 into 4l pots (+1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 3 transplanted to 4l pots (+3 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH10 – 4 transplanted to 4l pots (+ 6 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH8 4 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 3 * 10cm (+ 1 * 3″)
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  GH3 transplanted to 4l pots
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: ID – 5
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH 8 – Good growth
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: GH7 – good growth
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH14 * 3” good growth
  • Tomato – Legend: GH20 * 3” good growth 
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH3 * 2l + 1 * 3”
  • Tomato – Milla (2): GH9 * 3” pots
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH8 pots continue to look strong
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH9 * 3”
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH – 6 Potted up into baskets with swell gel (+ 2 * 3″)
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued, initial flowering
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out.  
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Good growth continues
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Ready for harvest
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants 
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Strongest plants half fill bed. BFB, PM 
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Leek – Toledo (2010): Bed 6 – Harvesting complete. VERY GOOD VARIETY – GREAT COLOUR & FLAVOUR
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues. First large heads taken
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH – Harvesting continues
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – First cut taken.  Showing signs of running to seed
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • n/a
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • n/a

Weekly Update: 24 April 2011

Another frost free week.  In fact, the weather over the bank holiday weekend has been absolutely amazing.  Glorious sunshine, with the only rain when the food was about to be served up from the barbeque.  This could have been the height of summer.  A lack of rain is starting to take it’s toll – outside irrigation has been switched on and a few beds watered.

All plants moved from inside into the greenhouse.  A bit of juggling required to get plants in the best positions for the watering systems, but helped by freeing up space from the the second lot of peas.  Temperatures in the greenhouse have been getting up to 37oC – put the shade netting on the roof only to find that it had split badly, so another batch has had to be ordered.  Shading in April?  This is a full month earlier than last year!  On the assumption that this is just a passing fancy, I’ll leave the netting on the roof but not put on the walls just yet.  That should help to keep the worst of the temperature down without taking too much of the light quality away

In addition to my shading order (which, by the way, I’m planning to clip on the the outside of the greenhouse with some kind of fixing rather than screw in to the frame each year – I believe this is the principle reason why the old shading weakened and tore), I’ve ordered some 5mm micro-porous tubing.  I’m a big fan of seeper hoses and think that it may be a viable alternative to the drip irrigation I normally set up for my grow bags…

Finally got round to mixing up some sodium chlorate to carefully weed kill around the pond.  Horrible stuff, and not something I do with any joy, but the reeds have been spreading like nobody’s business and had broken into the vegetable garden.  Hopefully this will keep them in check.  A nice warm, still day was ideal to ensure that the pond, lawn and surrounding areas were well protected

Did some in-filling where the red onions hadn’t sprouted.  Not really holding out much hope – the sets were quite badly dehydrated, but nothing really to loose.  Padded a few of the Tagetes cells with extra seeds where there had been no germination.  A bit disappointed with this, and don’t recall any such problem in previous years.  Only 1 of the nasturtium had shown signs of sprouting, and them promptly died off.  I removed the propagator lids as it was very hot & humid inside, but still surprised at the lack of activity

Got round to restrospectively labelling up the chillies/tomatoes & peppers. Seems like some have been ‘lost’ or mixed up during transportation, so I’ll be taking pot luck with some (no pun intended…)

The guys turned up to start work on the drive on Tuesday.  They’ve made excellent progress – what a transformation!  They’ll be finished later next week after the bank holidays.  We’ve discovered why the front of the house is so damp – none of the downpipes actually go anywhere!  They’re digging us a soakaway and sorting this out.  County Paving Ltd – Absolute stars, & highly recommended

Still need to rekey the 27 March weekly update…

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Asparagus Pea: GH – 16 * 4” root trainers, 2 spc
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (2): GH – 4  pots 
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Anelino Giallo: GH – 16 * 4” root trainers, 1 spc
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Matilda: GH – 16 * 4” root trainers, 1 spc
  • French Bean (Climbing) – Pantheon: GH – 16 * 4” root trainers, 1 spc
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Flajoly: GH – 5 * 3” pots, 2 spc
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Safari: GH – 5 * 3” pots, 2 spc
  • French Bean (Dwarf) – Valdor: GH – 5 * 3” pots, 2 spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Christmas: Moved GH – Good growth
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , strong growth
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden: GH – 1 * 40 mod – initial germination after 6 days
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH – 66%germination
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: GH – Good growth
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: GH – 80% germination
  • Calendula – Nova (1): GH – Good growth
  • Calendula – Nova (2): GH – moderate germination
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – initial signs of germination
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: GH – Good growth 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: GH – Good growth
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: ID – No signs of germination. Pre-sprouting 3 seeds – no signs of germination
  • Courgette – Black Forest: Moved GH – 5 of 5 germinated
  • Courgette – Calvili: Moved GH – 4 of 6 germination
  • Courgette – Orelia: Moved GH – 9 of 10 germinated
  • Cucumber – Fadia: Moved GH – 6 of 6 – Good growth continues
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH 95% germination
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH 45% germination
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH 30% germination
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: Moved GH 3 of 8 germinated
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good growth
  • Leek – Helios: GH good growth
  • Leek – Pandora:  GH Good growth
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (2): GH – 2 pots, No signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid: GH no signs of germination. Remved prop lid
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed: GH no signs of germination. Removed prop lid
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot started to germinate!
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2):  GH pots No signs of germination. ID pots moved to GH – Good growth continues
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Rocket – Cultivated: GH – Good germination 90%
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – No signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: Moved to GH.  6 of 6 – Good growth
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH  –  12 Germinated total
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Continued strong growth
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – Good growth continues
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem: 50% germination.  Resown in gaps
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: GH Strong growth
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1): GH Still weak
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese (1): GH Strong growth
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH 7.
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: GH1
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH [11?] – Only 9 identified
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH [8?] – Only 7 identified
  • Chilli – Guajillo: GH3
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH10
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH8
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH 4
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  Potted up to 3” pots. GH3
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: ID – 5
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH [9?] Only 8 identified
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: GH[6?] 7 identified – assume one od a CdTR…
  • Tomato – Ferline: GH14 * 3” growing well
  • Tomato – Legend: GH20 * 3”
  • Tomato – Milla (1): GH3 * 2l + 1 * 3”
  • Tomato – Milla (2): GH9 * 3” pots
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH8 pots continue to look strong (1 lost)
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH9 * 3”
  • Tomato – Tumber: GH8 * 3” pots growing well – Pot up next week into baskets
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Flowering well
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus 9 from the mods planted out. Protected with netting, BFB, PM 
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage , all sprouting
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Good growth continues. I plant suffering heat damage
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Starting to respond well to the better weather. Hopeful of a revival crop
  • Lettuce – Chartwell (1): Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.  BFB, PM
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues, with some heat damage/scorching
  • Potatoes – Sprint: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Vivaldi: Patio containers. Topped with more compost sprouting
  • Potatoes – Charlotte: Patio containers
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Bed 11 – Planted out. twiggy supports, netting,  BFB, PM
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants, BFB, PM
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Strongest plants half fill bed. BFB, PM 
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): Bed 7 – remaining plants added
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Leek – Toledo (2010): Bed 6 – Harvesting continues
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues. Thinnings giving a good harvest. Larger heads also nearly ready
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH – Harvesting continues
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – Ready for first cut
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • n/a
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • Tomato – Sungold* 1.  Mould developed on base of stem – due to heat/moisture/lack of air circulation?

Weekly Update: 17 April 2011

The first frost free week for ages.  Wonderful sunshine and warm days with cool nights.  No rain to speak of, so the garden is starting to frazzle a little.

Bit tick this week – finally got all of the border woodwork fixed and all of the irrigation in place.

First proper harvest of the season – Salad leaves plus some Pak Choi thinnings.  We’re off!

An interesting event with the irrigation last night – I noticed a flume of water shooting across the greenhouse.  On investigation, one of the mister heads had blasted loose from the pipework, leaving a poor bag of rocket sprouts rather soggy (not to say muddy).  I spend 20 minutes looking for the mister head, finally found it in the salad leaves that I was picking.  Need to monitor this for future reoccurance…

Everything getting quite hot in the greenhouse.  Moved a few things around to make best se of the space, and added some matting into dome of the trays to retain the moisture,

Moved a number of the larger plants out of the house and into the greenhouse, potting up the bigger chillies.  Interesting to see how much further advanced they are than the ones left in the GH

Note to self for the future – label EVERY pot!  Struggling to determine which tomato is which indoors, as numbers don’t align to my notes!

No real disasters this week.  Found a printed copy of the 27 March weekly update –  need to get this rekeyed.

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden: GH – 40 mod 1spc
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: GH – 2 pots, thinly sown under soil
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Christmas: ID – Good growth
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , strong growth
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH – initial signs of germination
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: GH – Good growth
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: GH – initial signs of germination
  • Calendula – Nova (1): GH – Good growth
  • Calendula – Nova (2): GH – initial signs of germination
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – no sign of germination
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: ID – GH – Good growth 
  • Chard – Bright Lights: GH – Initial signs of germination
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: ID – No signs of germination. Pre-sprouting 3 seeds – no signs of germination
  • Courgette – Black Forest: ID – 4 of 5 germinated
  • Courgette – Calvili: ID – 4 of 6 germination
  • Courgette – Orelia: ID – 9 of 10 germinated
  • Cucumber – Fadia: ID 6 – Good growth continues
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH 95% germination
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH 45% germination
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH 30% germination
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: ID 40% germination (3/8)
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good germination
  • Leek – Helios: GH good germination
  • Leek – Pandora:  GH Good germination
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid: GH no signs of germination
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed: GH no signs of germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH – 1 pot started to germinate!
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2):  GH No signs of germination. ID – Good growth continues
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Rocket – Cultivated: GH – Good germination 90%
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – Good growth
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – No signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: ID 1 * 3”, GH 2 * 3” pots, 2 spc – Good growth
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH  –  Transferred all to GH. 12 Germinated total
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Continued strong growth
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – Goog growth continues
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem: 50% germination
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): GH Additional sowing – 1 spc initial germination
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: GH 90% germination
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Still looking weak after frost attack & planting up
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Strong growth. To split, or no to split?
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): (GH – 3, ID – 4) GH 7.  ID pots moved to GH & potted up to 10cm pots
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: (ID – 1 ) GH1 potted up to 10cm pots
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 3 ID – (4? 8)
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Guajillo: ID – 3
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH – 6 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  (GH – 1 ID – 3) GH 4  ID pots moved to GH & potted up to 10cm pots
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  Potted up to 3” pots. GH – 0 ID – (4? 3)
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: ID – 5. Potted into 2l pots
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage
  • Potatoes: ID – Planted into Patio containers. Initial signs of sprouting
  • Pea – Starlight: GH – Growing well
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: GH – Pricked out into 9 * 3” pots
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: GH – Pricked out into 6 * 3” pots
  • Tomato – Ferline: ID – 14 * 3” growing well
  • Tomato – Legend: GH – 20 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Tomato – Milla (1): (GH 1 ID 3) GH4 – Moved to GH & potted into 2l pots
  • Tomato – Milla (2): ID – (8? 9) * 3” pots growing well
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH 9 pots continue to look strong
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: GH – 9 * 3”pricked out
  • Tomato – Tumber: ID – 8 * 3” pots rgowing well
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – Good growth continued
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Good growth continues
  • Cauliflower – Nessie : Bed 29 – All 5 pots plus # from the mods planted out. Protected with netting, BFB, PM 
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: Bed 16 – Good growth continues. I plant suffering heat damage
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Starting to respond well to the better weather. Hopeful of a revival crop
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.  BFB, PM
  • Oregano: Bed 28 – All 3 pots. BFB, PM
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues. Thinnings harvested
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Bed 22 – 37 plants, BFB, PM
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Bed 7 – Strongest plants half fill bed. BFB, PM 
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): Bed 28 – 2 pots. BFB, PM
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • Leek – Toledo (2010): Initial pick at last!  Starting to show signs of bolting, but taste great
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH Harvesting commenced
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • n/a
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • n/a

Weekly Update: 10 April 2011

Another pleasant week with unseasonably mild weather.  Seasonal weather continues with a light frost which didn’t have any impact on the tender plants

Timer finally set up on the misters.  30 minutes daily is just a little too long, but we’ve had some sunny days recently any the mods can dry out very quickly.  Monitor and determine if this needs to be dropped down to a 15 minute cycle

The Brussels Sprouts started germinating quite quickly, but then died off in the propagator. Combination of damp & heat?  Resown a number of seeds in the tray and left with no prop lid

Although the herbs were planted out this weekend, some of the Thyme is looking very sick.  Very pot bound and must have been left too dry for too long.  Not holding our much hope.  On the plus side, I’m going to have Oregano growing all over the garden this year – no more Oregano next year!

Somewhat put out by the loss of my 27 March weekly update – I’ll need to see if I had a copy printed somewhere and rekey Steaming mad

First harvest of the Asparagus.  Spring is here!

Additional sowings – Brussels Sprouts

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Beetroot – Red Ace: GH 40 mod 1 spc
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Additional seeds in existing mod
  • Calendula – Nova: additional seeds in existing mod
  • Chard – Bright Lights: 24 mod 1spc
  • Courgette – Black Forest: ID – 4 * 3” pots (3 * 1 new seed, 1 * 2 old seeds, 5 total)
  • Courgette – Calvili: ID – 3 * 3” pots, 2 spc
  • Courgette – Orelia: ID – 5 * 3” pots, 2spc
  • French Marigold – Durango Bolero: GH 25/40 mod, 2spc
  • French Marigold – Dwarf Single Pinwheel: GH 25/40 mod, 2spc
  • French Marigold – Legion of Honour: GH 30/40 mod 2spc
  • Nasturtium – Black Velvet: GH 14/24 mod 1spc
  • Nasturtium – Milkmaid: GH 20/24 mod 1spc
  • Nasturtium – Tall Mixed: GH 14/24 mod 1spc
  • Rocket – Cultivated: GH 40 mod 2spc
  • Tagetes – Lemon Gem: GH 40 mod 2spc
  • Turnip – Tokyo Cross: GH 40 mod 2spc
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Christmas: ID – Good germination
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  pots , strong growth
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: GH (ID) – No further germination of old seed.  All 7 new seed germinated quickly indoors 
  • Calendula – Nova: GH – Good growth of germinated seed
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – no sign of germination
  • Cauliflower – Nessie: GH – plants still a little leggy but holding their own
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: ID – Pricked out into 24 mod tray
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: ID – No signs of germination. Pre-sprouting 3 seeds – no signs of germination
  • Cucumber – Fadia: ID 6 – 100% germination after 5 days
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: ID 40% germination (3/8)
  • Leek – Bandit: GH good germination. Prop removed
  • Leek – Helios: GH good germination. Prop removed
  • Leek – Pandora:  GH Good germination. Prop removed
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (1):  GH No signs of germination
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy (2):  GH No signs of germination. ID – Good germination from all pots
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: ID Strong growth continues
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: ID Strong growth continues
  • Potatoes: ID – Planted into Patio containers
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Goood growth continues
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – Initial germination
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – Initial germination
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – No signs of germination
  • Squash – Avalon: ID 1 * 3”, GH 2 * 3” pots, 2 spc – initial germination
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH 4 ID 2 –  Initial germination
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Continued strong growth
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: GH – ID tray moved to GH. Stronger leggy growth but poorer germination. GH shows 95%
  • Tomato – Ferline: ID – 14 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Tomato – Legend: ID – 2 pots, good germination (100%)
  • Tomato Milla (1): GH 1 ID 3 – ID – leggy
  • Tomato – Milla (2): ID – 8 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Tomato – Tumber: ID – 8 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Turnip – Petrowski (1): Strong growth from initial germination
  • Turnip – Petrowski (2): GH Additional sowing – 1 spc initial germination
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: ID – 100% germination
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): GH Good growth continues
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Still looking weak after frost attack & planting up
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Strong growth. To split, or no to split?
  • Cauliflower – Nessie: GH 5 pots looking strong
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 3 ID – 4  Continue to hold up against the cold weather where the Scotch Bonnet have suffered
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: ID – 1
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Guajillo: ID – 3
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH – 6 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH – 1 ID – 3.  Remaining GH pot small & weak
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  Potted up to 3” pots. GH – 0 ID – 4
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: ID – 5. Growing well
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage
  • Oregano: GH 1 pot, unsplit. Strong
  • Oregano: GH 2 pots look weak after splitting & frost
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH 9 pots continue to look strong
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: Bed 21 – 24 plants in double row on A Frame support, BFB, PM
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: Good growth continues
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – Good growth continues
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: 18 plants to Bed 16
  • Leek – Toledo (2010): Now starting to perk up.  Maybe consider taking a few next week Smile
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Bed 6 -Starting to respond well to the better weather. Hopeful of a revival crop
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: Bed 13, Bed 32 – Infill.  BFB, PM
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Delikett: Bed 10 – Good growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: Transfered to Bed 10. twiggy sticks & netting
  • Red Onion – Hyred: BEd 4, Bed 18 – Good growth continues
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH Growbag – growth continues
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Good growth continues
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – Good growth continues
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – good growth continues
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • n/a
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: Damped off?

Weekly Update: 3 Apr 2011

Generally problem free in the greenhouse this week.  Seasonal weather continues with a single light frost on Monday, but generally mild, if not very windy

Misters working well to keep the trays, peas & growbags damp.  Need to get the timer working this week to make this an automatic task going forward

Still hopeful to get out the garden centre for some more compost, then seed potatoes go in today (a week or so late).  Cant wait to test out the new patio planters Smile

Red onion sets – heat treated ‘Hyred’ turned up this week, right on schedule.  I was really quite annoyed though.  I could only buy 500g bags, which was far more than I required.  When they arrived, I received 2 * 250g bags.  Feel like I’ve been conned Baring teeth smile.  Well – something else to give away I suppose.

I’m struggling to understand how I’ve got a task to sow yet another round of maincrop Cucumber seeds.  I’m guessing this was a fallback if everything went pear shaped (which, to some extent it has with the losses a couple of weeks ago), but for whatever reason I never had enough seeds to cover off 2 sowings.  Need to check my planning assumptions!  I’ve always planted cukes at this time of the year – why did I attempt an early sowing with all of my seeds?

Another circuit of external irrigation embedded in the new raised beds. Now need a pressure test to check seals

Established herbs took a big hit over the winter.  All Sage & Rosemary lost, plus Thyme in garden beds (although Thyme by the house is looking great).  Also looks like the parsley has been lost. Herb beds being cleared out for new pots of Sage, Rosemary & thyme which I hope to get in this weekend

Potential 2nd sprouting of last seasons Chard has been written off. Although this had shown signs of sprouting in February, it’s clearly been finished off with the subsequent frosts

Initial Asparagus sprouts starting to push through – looks like one from the old stack and one from the new

Additional sowings – Parsley, Turnip & Broccoli, plus 3 Ancho Mulato seeds in the airing cupboard testing the ‘pre sprouting’ method for chillies

Sowing This Week (new sowings)
  • Basil – Christmas: ID – 2 * 3” pots, thinly sown, heat & prop
  • Brussels Sprout – Petit Posy: GH –24 mod, 2 spc, prop
  • Carrot – Parano: Bed 19 – 2 thinly sown rows
  • Rocket – Skyrocket: GH Growbag – Thin sowing
  • Salad Leaf – Stir Fry: GH Growbag – Thin sowing
  • Squash – Avalon: ?? – ID 1 GH ? – 3” pots, 2 spc
  • Sweetcorn – Ovation: ID GH – 2 * 24 mods, 1 or 2 spc, prop
  • Tomato – Legend: ID – 2 pots, 10 seeds per pot
  • Tomato – Sweet Olive: ID –1 pot, 9 seeds per pot
Germination & Seedlings (In initial pots, sown previous weeks)
  • Basil – Red: GH – 4  remaining 2 pots transferred to Greenhouse
  • Broadbean – Dreadnought: GH – Continued strong growth, collapsing – need planting out?
  • Broccoli – Tendergreen: ID – Very poor germination. Brought indoors to stimulate a little growth if it’s not too late. Additional sowing – 7 remaining seeds
  • Calendula – Nova: GH – initial signs of germination after 10 days
  • Cauliflower – Nessie: GH – plants still a little leggy but holding their own
  • Celeriac – Brilliant: ID – Early growth continues – strong
  • ChilliAncho Mulato: ID – No signs of germination. Consider pre-sprouting a couple of extra seeds?
  • Cucumber – Fadia: ID 6 – 100% germination after 5 days
  • Gherkin – Cornichon de Paris: ID 4 – initial germination after 6 days
  • Kohl Rabi – Olivia: GH Continued strong growth
  • Leek – Bandit: GH initial signs of germination after 14 days
  • Leek – Helios: GH initial signs of germination after 14 days
  • Leek – Pandora:  GH Good germination after 3 weeks
  • Parsley – Giant of Italy:  GH No signs of germination. 6 new pots sown. 1 old seed, 5 new. ID +3 GH +3
  • Pea – Delikett: GH Great growth continues
  • Pea – Starlight: GH Good growth continues
  • Pepper – Corno di Toro Rosso: ID 90% germination after 12 days
  • Pepper – Orange Baby: ID 70% germination after 12 days
  • Potatoes: ID – Chitting away
  • Radish – GH – Hildz Blauer Herst und Winter: Good germination after 7 days
  • Spring Onion – Ramrod:  Bed 4 – No signs of germination
  • Squash – Sweet Dumpling: GH 4 ID 2 –  No signs of germination indoors; 50% germination in GH after 14 days
  • Sunflower – Kong: GH Continued strong growth
  • Tomato – Ferline: ID – 14 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Tomato Milla (1): GH 1 ID 3 – ID – leggy
  • Tomato – Milla (2): ID – 8 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Tomato – Tumber: ID – 8 * 3” pots pricked out
  • Turnip – Petrowski: disappointing germination – 20% max. Additional sowing – 1 seed per ungerminated cell
  • Welsh Onion (Ciboule): GH Good germination – 75%
Planting Out & Potting On (Split &/or potted up temporarily)
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Still looking weak after frost attack & planting up
  • Basil – Sweet Genovese: GH Strong growth. To split, or no to split?
  • Cauliflower – Nessie: GH 5 pots looking strong
  • Chilli – Ancho (Poblano): GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Antillais Caribbean (Habanero): GH – 3 ID – 4  Continue to hold up against the cold weather where the Scotch Bonnet have suffered
  • Chilli – Bhut Jolokia: ID – 1
  • Chilli – Cayenne: GH – 3 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Cayenne Long Slim: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Guajillo: ID – 3
  • Chilli – Jalapeno: GH – 6 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Pasilla Bajio: GH – 4 ID – 4
  • Chilli – Scotch Bonnet Red:  GH – 1 ID – 3.  Remaining GH pot small & weak
  • Chilli – Tabasco:  Potted up to 3” pots. GH – 0 ID – 4
  • Cucumber – Natsuhikari: ID – 5. Growing well
  • Horseradish: 3 thongs in fruitcage
  • Lettuce – Chartwell: GH 40 mod Strong
  • Oregano: GH 1 pot, unsplit. Strong
  • Oregano: GH 2 pots look weak after splitting & frost
  • Tomato – Sungold: GH 9 pots continue to look strong
Growing On (in their final positions – pots or beds)
  • Broad Bean – Imperial Green Longpod: continue to grow well
  • Carrot – Trevor: Bed 19 – initial signs of germination after 5 weeks
  • Leek – Toledo (2010): Looking very sick with the snow damage, not really expecting too much but could be picked now
  • Leek – Giant Winter Vernal (2010): Starting to respond well to the better weather. Hopeful of a revival crop
  • Pak Choi – Green Revolution: GH Growbag – Continued strong growth
  • Red Onion – Hyred: Bed 4, Bed 18 – 4/6 rows of 6 respectively. Preped PM & BFB. Monitor for bird attacks & protect if necessary
  • Salad Leaves – Mixed: GH Growbag – growth continues
  • Shallot – Pasandor: Strong sprouting, no bird damage
  • Spinach – Medinia: GH Growbag – Good initial growth
  • Spring Onion – Lilia:  Bed 19 – Initial signs of germination after 5 weeks
Harvesting (at last! Smile)
  • n/a
Clearing Out (clear those beds down)
  • Bed 12 & 17 (herb beds)
  • Bed 14 – 2010 Chard
RIP This Week (lost this week Sad smile)
  • n/a

So I can keep track of what's going on in the garden today…

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