So… A month has passed since the last post, and the reason? Going on Holiday! Not something that’s easy for the gardener, but luckily my father in law house-sat for us while we were away and was able to keep everything watered… Not that anything outside needed watered. It’s just over a week since I was back and not one dry day.
Because of the weather, the grass is ridiculously overgrown, not helped by the lawnmower packing in, and I have a bad case of horses tail (mare’s tail) weeds. Even plants I left outside have succumbed to the monsoon conditions, especially courgettes and squash.
So where do I start? I’ve been weeding a little bit at a time in each bed. Slowly but surely clearing the weeds has exposed how well some of the plants are growing. The Brassica bed is progressing well, all the plants look healthy and the cabbages waiting to go in are also looking very strong. As I was clearing the roots bed I did have a nice surprise, with a lovely glow of purple from the tops of the turnips.
Just before I went on holiday I put 9 tomato plants in grow bags in the greenhouse with 3 more done since. To say they have flourished since they were planted is an understatement, flourished so much that I had to nip out several side shoots from each plant, some six inches long! I also had to stake them as they were so big and falling down on themselves. The last 2 years I have always grown tomatoes outside, even thought they thrive in warmer climates. This year has pretty much sealed the deal that I will carry on growing them indoors from now on. More on this soon.
The chilli plants in the greenhouse have succumbed to a case of green-fly, so yesterday was spent squashing and spraying them all. Also, I potted them on from their 3″ pots to 4″ pots. Again a more detailed post on this shortly.
Finally the bean/pea bed, again cleared of weeds, several pea pods have formed and so far I’ve removed one pod and eaten the contents (heaven!) although it should have been left on a little longer. The broad beans had got so big that I had to tie them up and the wind and rain were blowing them over. but once tied up exposed some bean pods growing well. To me they seem later than last year, but on the plus side, no black fly so far!
The last 2 posts, test post 1 and test post 2? Just testing how the pictures come out when using the WordPress app on my phone. I’d forgotten my password and although blogging on my pc was ok as I was always logged in I couldn’t remember it for the phone, but now that’s sorted I can post more often🙂