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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Coming Along Nicely

I can't begin to tell you how good it is to have a greenhouse and a garden again. Growing things to eat must be ingrained into me after all our years at the smallholding.........and before that too.

Most of the things started in the greenhouse are doing well, outside it's a much sparser start - especially the beetroot.

I've potted 4 plum tomato plants into final position and two cucumbers covered with fleece as it's quite early for them

They are up on the staging and I'm going to fix a wire up and around the greenhouse frame to train them along.

Remaining in the conservatory are two more cucumber plants( no idea where to put them), 4 cherry tomato - just pricked out, 3 aubergine, 3 sweet pepper, 3 chilli pepper,and Basil  that I've just separated into 3 pots.

Also in the greenhouse, courgettes, squash, chard, spare aubergine and peppers. Pots sown with nasturtium and 2 tries at leeks with very poor germination and I've just sown a dozen climbing French bean seeds. The fig tree I found at Wilkinsons? -  is in the big pot on the right.
Outside in the beds, the potatoes are through and have been earthed up and covered with fleece. The bed containing beetroot is also covered with fleece but we've lifted it off the beetroot onto a mesh frame to stop our neighbours cat and/or the wind from flattening the seedlings. The lettuce plants Col got at a car boot sale are under a plastic tunnel cloche, growing slowly. There are a few radishes and rocket seedlings but 3 lots of lettuce seeds have produced nothing.


In the orchard (2 apple,2 Pear and one Plum) it's now really plain to see that this is a "family" apple tree grafted with at least 2 different varieties as one branch at the front has white blossom while the rest is pink.



Back Tomorrow
Sue





15 comments:

  1. When you have been doing something you enjoy most of your life you just have to do it even on a small scale, it gives me a thrill seeing seeds come up :-)

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  2. It is good to see the seedlings coming up and you must be so pleased to have the space to grow again now.

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  3. Looks like you have been very busy

    Julie xxxxxxx

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  4. Same problem with lettuce here and something has started to attack the broad beans!

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  5. Welcome back gardener Sue!Through you like a stick of rock.
    Gillx

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  6. Oh you are doing really well there, Sue. Some of my things are not on as far as I would like but that is part of it. Love the apple tree. I really enjoy going into the Poly House and seeing new life.

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  7. Back to some gardening....that ought to set some things right. I find some problems take better perspective when I garden

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  8. Some lovely meals in the making there Sue.
    Your new range is going to be very busy come harvesting time-x-

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  9. Very productive, I am off out to have a potter in the greenhouse this afternoon.

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  10. I always have the need to grow things

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  11. Lovely start to the gardening! There is nothing better than fresh vegetables from the garden.

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  12. I wouldn't be without my greenhouse either - it's jam packed at the moment!

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  13. You look very organised! Meals in the making.

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  14. No greenhouse gardening for me this year...but as I will be far too busy working maybe that's just as well...and if I earn a goodly amount now it will benefit us getting a mortgage offer hopefully. x

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