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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 17:05

Lots of weeding done, bought new canes for runner and climbing French beans. Potted on leeks, used plastic drinking cups with holes drilled in the bottom. Still no rain, though we're promised some tonight​! Spring onions in modules are ready to go into raised bed, hopefully tomorrow.

pet companions

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 10:51

Hope you're on the mend Logan, very obedient boys you have there. Took Floss to the groomers this morning, not sure if she approves of the bandana.

Courgette flower buds?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:30

You'll probably find that you will need to pot the plant on again before it's ready to go outside. If it was me I would start again and not worry about the plants you have now, just put it down to experience. Everything is in your favour for sowing now, more daylight, better temps etc. and when the plants go outside the temperature is just right for them to romp away. You'll find often the first flush of flowers is male but once the plant settles you will have more courgettes than you keep up with so long as you follow GD's advise and water and feed regularly, they're thirsty, hungry plants. 

Don't worry if the first couple of fruits don't set, this happens early on and again is nothing to worry about. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 20:15

Thanks Liriodendron, they're at their peak here in the South East. The scent is gorgeous as you walk through.

Interrupted Hardening Off

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 20:08

You could use debris netting. It's what they scaffolders use when they enclose a building, it filters the wind but doesn't act like a sail. You can buy it in rolls and now it comes in a range of colours. It had the advantage of doubling up as really good insect netting.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 20:00

Got away without any damage from the cold snap, only really worried about hail and the netting did its job. Lots of watering as the forecast is for it to stay mainly dry. Parsnips are coming through, lots of flowers on the strawberries and the autumn onions are starting to swell. Sowed french beans, butternut squash, courgettes and sweet corn. Will sow some runner beans over the weekend too. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:05

Noticeably warmer today, a few 'drizzly' showers along with sunny spells. Desperately need some rain! 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 17:27

Beautiful walk this morning, the sun broke through the beech trees. It's been one of the best years I can remember for bluebells

Interrupted Hardening Off

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:50

All part of the rich tapestry of gardening, the one thing I would advise all gardeners to do is to keep a simple diary of when they sow seeds, plant out etc. This way you get a good idea of when the best time to sow is for your area, the advise on the seed packets is often misleading. If, as Fairy says, you can sow some more now you can compare how they grow with your original plants, I would put money on them catching up and probably growing better than the originals. 

Courgette flower buds?

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 12:19

You will need to keep them indoors until early June, I think they will be large plants by then! If you have a greenhouse or cold frame they should go out during the day and come in at night. If they're 6 weeks old I presume you sowed them mid March which is a tad early, I will sow mine this weekend and will be ready for planting early June. Courgettes often throw out early flowers, normally male, so that isn't a problem, but as they've been grown 'soft' you will have to be careful hardening them off.

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