Sunday, May 27, 2018

14 Apr

Sweetcorn planted

I’m feeling a lot more organised in the garden after the beautiful sunny weekend we have just had. My growhouse is getting fuller by the day with the plug plants that keep arriving. Yesterday saw the arrival of mixed lettuce leaves and lettuce little gems from the all year round vegetable collection, 40 plug plants are now eagerly sat in the kitchen waiting to be re-homed.  

Although time consuming, I am so far very happy with the newspaper pots that I have been making, they certainly make it easier for me to fit more plants into the grow house as they are smaller than the plastic pots I used last year.  

After last years recommendation from the gardener in the west with planting sweetcorn into empty toilet rolls I have made some tall newspaper pots and planted some sweetcorn seeds. For the past two years I have been planting my sweetcorn in an old metal dustbin which worked really well in the first year, especially when I added my courgette plants to the bin too. Last year unfortunately though, my sweetcorn produced nothing and the handful of courgettes I got was barely enough to cover more than a few meals. Looking back I think this was mainly due to a lack of nutrients in the compost as naively I used the same compost from the previous year and added nothing to it – I have learnt so much through these sorts of failings that despite the zero crop of last year the lessons learned may hopefully help towards achieving a good crop for this year’s harvest. I have some farmyard manure to add to the soil this year which I am hoping will replenish the nutrients sufficiently.

My herb collection that I got from Gardening Direct last year was fantastic and regularly used. This year I am going to have a go at growing from seed some basil, coriander, chives and parsley to see if I have as much success. I have taken note of the hints on how to grow herbs from the website (see garden advice – how to grow) and will be sowing the seeds in a soil based compost such as John Innes no 3. I’ll let you know how I get on!


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