First off let me apologise for the lack of posts recently but sometimes real life gets in the way and other hobbies and gardening have to take a back seat. My real job depends rather a lot on good weather as we sell top quality garden furniture and BBQ’s and the selling window can be a short one if the sun doesn’t shine, even though there is 17,000 items on our website, this has taken up most of my time working over the bank holiday and extra days.
The hot sun certainly helped the veg in the beds come on last week but some of the seedlings in the tunnel just frazzled up and died, we could only water at night and sometimes this wasn’t enough. It was just lovely to be able to sit outside and enjoy a drink of a night-time instead of getting wrapped up because of the cold wind, but there was a down side as we had to travel more to the plot in order to make sure everything was well watered as the heat just dried out the trays and pots.
Managed to get my son over this week from his usual busy job, he had just bought us another 15 planks in order to build a few more beds for the seedlings we have growing but we decided to get the fruit bed up and running first, especially as they are growing well and starting with small fruit already.
We managed to fasten wires across the back of the frame as well in order to help support the raspberries, thornless blackberries, also the red and black currants. We have planted gooseberries and a couple of lavenders around at the front of the beds and we hope this will add a pleasing group at the front along with nice smelling flowers.
The beds are looking quite good today, beetroot is good, parsnips went to seed and have been removed , chard is making an appearance, radish are doing well as is the lettuce, and i cant believe the spuds.
If the sun hadn’t been so hot today i would have planted out another type of beetroot, but at 24°C it was just too hot to risk any sort of planting.
My son did bring across his pumpkins he has started and once again hoping to show them at the Great Malvern Giant Veg Show later in the year, he managed a second place last year which concidering he only does this in his spare time is impressive.
We have yet to build the bed that will contain the Pumkin as this will be grown using a completely different type of Canna Compost, and fed on a different range of Canna liquid feed.
The Fruit trees have looked splendid in their beautiful blossom, just hoping there was enough bees around to help to set fruit this year, although we did help the peach along with a bit of hand pollination.
We managed to get some tomatoes and squash repotted as they are getting large in their little cell trays, there are still more varieties to repot and the peppers are looking really good, cant get them sorted out though until next tuesday when i am off again.