Mar 5, 2012

Just when you think it’s safe…..

It starts to snow!!! Got to love our weather huh. Thankfully that was yesterday and so I managed to get all of my jobs done before hand. 3 days prior to the snow I spent the whole day in the garden and even my wife and kids ate lunch outside it was that pleasant. I uncovered the weed suppressant so to extend the potato bed and surprisingly little weeds remained. This might sound silly, that I expected to find weeds in soil that had been covered up for 18 months but I have a really bad case of bindweed and remember last year seeing it poke through the gaps of the suppressant as it stretched out towards some light. I guess the ends I saw were of some rouge weed rather than an epidemic.

Potato Bed


That then was a great start to my days off and so it continued as I gutted out the greenhouse to reorganise it again. I have now freed up both sides of the greenhouse which means I can now grow on both. The bench for seedlings that was down one side managed to fit it sideways right up against the back with only 2cm to spare (and in fact touches the aluminium frame where the two meet) so that was another victory. I then had my anti butterfly netting delivered which meant my Brassica cage could be constructed. Its dimensions are 2.4m X 1m X 1.4m which will house my Brussels Sprouts this year in an attempt to ward off the hungry caterpillars. I still have 4m X 4m of netting left so shall construct a smaller cage in height but longer and this will house the cabbages and any other Brassicas I can fit in. Please don’t give me all the credit though as it was a 2 man job thanks to Vince.

Home Built Brassica Cage


On the seedling front, my first batch are growing on nicely and looking good. They took really well to being potted on and should now start to push on. Also my second batch of Tomato seed were sown and have now come through along with a couple of other Chilli seeds that I brought from Wilkinsons (I know, I can’t help myself). I then decided I would start a herb garden in the kitchen and went out to buy some Balcony flower boxes that will fit between our window and worktop. I’ve started off Thyme, Coriander, Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Sage, and Rosemary. God only knows how I will get on with these though as they can be quite hard to start off from seed. Speaking of which, the ones that I did for work’s Herb Garden are ready to be potted on. I’ll try and get some pictures of them at a later date. Sadly the Oregano didn’t survive after sprouting. Not too sure why and will see how my seeds get on here for further analysis. I also started off my Lettuce’s and Cabbages and for these I’ve used degradable pots that you sown in and then plant out the pot without disturbing the root system. As the pot goes in to the soil outdoors, it breaks down for the roots to expand out of. I didn’t have any problems transplanting Lettuce’s or Cabbage’s last year but thought I’d still try them in these pots this year.

Bio Degradable Pots


My spuds are still chitting and the onions in their modules have put on some good size growth so I’ll be getting them in the ground soon.

Chitting Spuds

Onions in Modules


My Brussels have started to sprout as well now so it’s all systems go.

Brussels Seedlings

Brussels Seedling


Finally then we’re well in to March now. The clocks go forward in less than 3 weeks. That means I can sow my Carrot seeds just like I did last year when we entered BST. I still have some other sowings to make but this year I seem to be more relaxed even though I have this feeling of impending failure looming over me. I’m trying not to think negatively about it though and certainly the seedlings which are still alive is giving me hope. I need to grab some Positive Mental Attitude off someone I think J Thanks for reading and a big hearty welcome to my new followers. It is much appreciated…