May 21st LAST YEAR
Left hand side
5 'pointy' Pepper plants plus five Aubergines in big pots.
French Climbing beans to go out as are the Sweetcorn - baby ones for
stir-fries. One more big pot ready for another yellow tomato. 2 trays
sown with mangetout peas. 2 pots sown with nasturtiums - no sign of them
yet. Some small tomato plants to go in the hanging baskets and at the
end are 2 cucumbers. Also some squash seedlings just emerging
Left hand side
It looks much emptier than last year because the climbing French beans and all the other plants are already outside
either in the ground or in pots. Plus I'm not growing baby corn this year. This years 4 Aubergine and 3 Pepper plants in big pots are not so well grown as this time last year because they didn't get going so well and
the failure of all but one of my own pepper sowing meant I sent for some
which held things up. The 2 cucumber plants look bigger than this time
last year and of course there is the sacrificial cucumber plant I wrote about last week.
21st May LAST YEAR
Right hand side
9 various tomato plants with French Marigolds
also in the pots to encourage insects in for pollination and another
cucumber in the big pot at the end.
21st May Right hand side
THIS YEAR Below
The 4 Ildi yellow plum tomato plants are much forwarder than this time last year, as I sowed them first .4 Big Mama Tomato plants slightly later. The tomato with masses of flowers on the right of the door is one of the cascade trailing mini tomatoes. Last year I squeezed all 4 plants into the baskets on the garage wall. This year I still grew 4 plants but put just 1 in each basket, one in the greenhouse and one in a pot outside the greenhouse door. No French Marigold plants this year as I usually pick up a cheap small tray from a car boot sale. There's a pot of parsley there too. One pot full has gone outside already. The third big cucumber at the far end with a small pepper plant. One empty pot on the right waiting for the final Aubergine plant to get a bit bigger to pot on.
The blog is so handy to be able to see the differences from one year to another.