Sunday 01 March 2009
Managed to get outside for the second day on the trot! I covered part of one raised bed with a cloche to warm it up a bit ready to sow some carrots and salad leaves in a week or two. I have a row of strawberries that have been in for three years now and they crop really well but do we get any fruit? Nope! The blackbirds have a field day and always manage to beat us to them. I'm sure they even ate some of the green ones last year! I think I'm going to take them up and use the space for something else. I put some Lady Crystl early potatoes in the garage ready to chit, they are in a position that gets some good light but where they are protected from any frost.
I have some brassicas growing in another raised bed. They were poor little things when I put them in as they were a few that were left-over from the Spring Cropping Collection and were about to be thrown out last October. I rescued them - all yellow leaves and wonky, floppy stems - I didn't expect too much but I had a spare raised bed so thought I'd give them a sporting chance. I gave them a bit of a soak then nipped off all the yellow leaves. On most of them that only left the growing tip but I planted them anyway. To my surprise they all perked up and within a couple of weeks you wouldn't have recognised them. Although they're probably a bit further behind than normal because of the poor start they had they're lovely little plants now. I covered them for the really cold weather with some insect barrier netting and only one plant seems to have been nibbled by slugs. I'm waiting for the warmer weather so I can water some Nemaslug on to the beds - it worked a treat on them last year. I had hardly any slug damage.
I put a cloche over part of another raised bed to warm it up a bit ready to sow some carrots and salad leaves in a week or two. Square foot gardening really is the new revolution.
Monday 23rd March 2009
Here are a couple of images I took at the weekend of my first signs of peas, sown in guttering!