Saturday, May 26, 2018

21 May

Busy Planting

If you are a regular reader – not that I am sure there are many, apologies for the late blog – it is just that suddenly there is so much to do in the garden. The plants are arriving thick and fast and need instant care – I think next year I will follow the ‘less is more’ philosophy and go for less but bigger plugs – I am both running out of pots and places to plant.

This week it is ‘compare and contrast’ – photos attached. The broad beans in the tunnel are now a good two feet taller, than their outside counterparts, just showing you what the extra warmth can do. Neither are as yet showing any pods.


inside beans

outside beans

I am busy harvesting and giving away lettuce which has thrived in the tunnel and as usual there is a glut. Hence, I have treated myself to a lettuce and marmite sandwich, which is one of my most evocative memories of childhood – if you are a marmite lover, and you need to be, it is the most delicious combination and worth a try!


The other contrast this week is that of the leeks. I have finally recieved and planted my pot leeks for the show and any resemblance to that I am used to is hard to find. I have planted both out in my raised bed , bottom filled with manure as instructed and we will see how it goes. It does feel strange giving up space to something that is not going to end on the plate.

pot leeks

Just to update you the lambs are now grazing the paddock and, as I was warned, are driving me to distraction. They still think I am their mother and, unlike my actual children, want to be next to me all the time. I am reduced to baricading myself into the tunnel to get on with things. They are definately meat and I was pleased to see that the herb ollection arrived ths morning, including mint……


3 Comments on "Busy Planting"

  1. E Capper on Fri, 5th Jun 2009 8:55 am 

    I have been using a Poly Tunnel for many years, to great success. I bought a second one three years ago and now grow lots of veg in both. It is the 5th June, yesterday I picked Broad Beans, Corgettes, and Strawberries for our dinner, together with herbs for a sauce. My French climbing runner beans are now flowering so hope to be picking within the next fortnight. The first lot of Runner Beans are up to the hight of the tunnel, they look as though they will be flowering soon.

    I have been picking lettuce all through the winter, even though it was cold. It was the first time that has happened.

    Good gardening to everyone

  2. s williamson on Fri, 5th Jun 2009 5:20 pm 

    Less is more right enough, I also had too many plants and not enough pots,…..I bought loads more pots so will be ready for the next delivery of plugs….May all our gardening problems have a happy & colourful ending !

  3. Gardener In The North on Fri, 5th Jun 2009 6:02 pm 

    I am so impressed by your array of produce – I think I was too slow off the mark this year – the tunnel only went up in February, but am inspired by your year round lettuce – I wonder if I could achieve that this far north?

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