Monday, 26 May 2008

Latest on the Lottie (picture heavy)

Even with all the rain we have managed to get almost up to date at the lottie, ignore the lack of hoeing. There is only so much you can do.

Over the weekend, we managed to put all of the Runner Beans (3 varieties) and Climbing Beans (2 or was it 3?) varieties in. We had already put the frames up, so that once we felt we were past the risk of frost they could happily jump, they were so ready to jump, into their prepared bed.

Yesterday, hubby spent many hours working in the greenhouse putting our lovely tomatoes in. 3 pots each of 7 varieties. Thats all we could do up the plot yesterday as it was raining all day. If you notice we use small buckets that we have cut the bottom off, this helps with the watering and gives the tomatoes just a little bit more soil to spread their roots in. It certainly seemed to help last year as we had magnificent tomatoes, our plum tomatoes were admired by all who saw them.

We have had our ears and eyes tuned to all weather forecasts as well as tuning into the met office on the net at regular intervals. So this morning, hubby was up the plot by 7.30 a.m. with me in fastish pursuit at 8.30 a.m. (Unfortunately ten minutes after I arrived at the plot, hubby had a phone call from his Fathers nursing home and he had to dash off) I carried on and I planted Courgettes, Butternut Squashes and Cucumbers.

Cucumbers, which will be climbed up the bamboo sticks.

Then I planted Dill

and mint and chives. (although the chives had a very poor germination rate, so I'm not overly hopeful on what might happen with these)

I also planted on some spare courgettes, (no piccie) for Anna and whoever else would like one on Tuesday night.

Then, I planted my experimental secret weapon against the white fly into big pots. A bucket will be placed in the greenhouse and then the rest will be deployed at the first sign of whitefly on my cabbages/brussels etc.
My Marigolds.

And then a quick update on some of the veg at the plot.
Our onions, japanese, normal, shallots. ( I think the garlic perished.)

The start of carrots, parsnips, beetroot and radishes. Radishes are used to mark out where the parsnips are as the parsnips have a very slow germination rate. So, If anyone wants any radishes, (French Breakfast) they are lovely, just give me a shout as I have lots!

Cabbages, cauliflowers, purple sprouting, kales, brussels. (that could do with a bit of a hoe)

And last but by no means least, Peas.

Then we had a few spots of rain and I thought I had better make tracks, but I've been home nearly an hour and its still dry. There really is nothing more I can do, I can't really hoe as the land is too soggy and all I will achieve is to compact the soil by walking on it around the plants.

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