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Garden Mysteries: Whodunnit?

In spite of having a netting cover, something has managed to sneak in and make a meal of my courgette plant! Luckily I planted the other courgette in a pot which is in the greenhouse so hopefully we will still manage to harvest some.

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The cucumber I planted in the same bed has also been nibbled but not quite so viciously – and is that the tiny beginnings of a cucumber I can see? Hope it will survive, again I’ve got others in pots in the greenhouse so we should be ok. I’ve now got it covered with a plastic crate held down with tent pegs for the time being and will set up another beer trap in this raised bed as I think it is probably slugs.

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There has also been a tomato disaster, this time it was the little green insects nibbling away at the stems that did it. I managed to rescue a couple but they are looking a bit fragile so time will tell if they can recover. I really do have far too many tomato plants though and the greenhouse ones seem to be thriving (so far…).

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In more cheerful (and colourful) news, I’ve been busy planting up hanging baskets…

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Very busy weekend in the garden, I’ve finally got round to planting the tray of leek seedlings I sowed earlier in Spring, plus the sweetcorn plants and sown some beetroot. Several hanging baskets and a couple of troughs planted, quite a few things potted on, a hydrangea and a bleeding heart plant rehomed in much bigger pots and a lot of tidying up and sorting out done. I’m exhausted, I’d like a weekend to get over my weekend now please!

Delighted to have some roses flowering too, I even cut a few and made a little display:Image

 

Progress report

I needed to get on with repotting some tomato and cucumber plants this weekend so I was a bit concerned about the forecast of rain (yes, I’m a fair weather gardener, I can’t deny it..). But as it turned out, we had beautiful blue sky and sunshine this morning and I managed to get quite a bit done between the showers. 

Glad I went out there early on though as it has been raining sideways this afternoon and is
currently pouring down. There must be a rainbow somewhere near though as the sun is still shining!

A couple of my repotted tomatoes went very floppy and were looking sorry for themselves, but they have perked up again now they’ve been back in the warm for a while so hopefully I haven’t killed them off.

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There are several trays of peppers at various stages of growth:

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After the peppers, I pricked out some of my antirrhinum seedlings – I do love the bright colours of snapdragons but think I got carried away when I was sowing them as I have 24 in one tray, plus 13 in little pots and that only got about a third of the tray of seedlings done.
Anyone want any snapdragon seedlings, I may have a few left over..?!

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That’s in addition to the (mostly) marigolds on these trays:

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I may have to get the under-gardener to dig me another flower bed…

Delighted to see that one of my Crystal Apple cucumber seeds has sprouted:

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Hoping to put this marjoram out in the new herb garden when it has come on a bit more:

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The cold frame is full, with lettuce, mixed leaves, rocket, coriander, peas in pots and some little fuchsia plants waiting to go into hanging baskets. The house is also just about full of plants and seedlings now, not a spare windowsill to be had. I’m getting an old table in from the garage to put up in the spare room so I can give everything a bit more space and importantly, a bit more light. I’m going to have to look up leeks, I haven’t grown them before but this tray has suddenly burst into life:

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Once I’d done all my repotting and pricking out, I had a quick peep outside at the raised beds – the garlic that went in last October is coming on nicely:

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The onions, broad beans and strawberry plants out there are also looking good but the rain poured down as I was about to take a few more photos so I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for it… 🙂

Potting on

The weather wasn’t great today but I had quite a number of peppers and tomatoes that had outgrown their current homes so it was a day of dashing out to organise new larger pots and get them planted, in between the showers.

I’m getting a bit desperate for my new greenhouse to be erected – at the moment everything is either on the old greenhouse staging in front of the patio windows or in trays on various
windowsills all over the house. I thought I’d lost two cucumber plants which I’d forgotten about tucked away in the spare room, but they’ve been sitting in the bath all day and appear to have perked up a bit, thank goodness.

Tomatoes are looking good but I’m not sure if I should be snipping a few leaves off at this stage or if that comes later.

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I’ve repotted quite a few of the peppers but they seem to be growing at different rates so some are still in their initial small pots. I’m hoping that will mean they will give us a slightly staggered harvest instead of all coming at once…

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Other jobs today included putting some lobelia seedlings in small pots – I’ve done half the tray and left the rest to see if they get a bit bigger as that was fiddly to the point of being nearly impossible! I also put some soil conditioner in the raised bed where my sweet peas are going – I was going to put them in today too but ran out of time before the rain started coming down heavily.

In spite of the weather, I really enjoyed myself pottering about in the garden although my nails are suffering a bit, am in dire need of a manicure!

Operation Pick a Peck of Pickled Pepper

I’ve got three varieties on the go – Hot Devil’s Brew, Hotscotch and a cheapie that was just
labelled ‘Cayenne Peppers’. Think they are doing ok so far:

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A few haven’t made it, but most of them seem to be going, some looking a bit weedy but
others looking much more healthy – like this one:

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Will be interesting to see if these really are as hot as promised:

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Tomato update

Kept them alive so far, I think they are looking quite good. 

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There is another tray of tomato seedlings not in this photo so I suspect I may be setting myself up for a glut of tomatoes – hope so anyway.. You can see some of my marigold seedlings in the top of the photo too.

Running out of space

I’m missing my little plastic greenhouse at the moment as I’m running out of room for all my seedlings. Hopefully we will see some progress with the new greenhouse soon as I need it! Today’s activities included repotting some sorry looking cauliflower seedlings which have
somehow survived since last October. I put some out in a raised bed yesterday but still have a lot of plants to find a home for if they start to thrive in their new pots.

Sowed another pot of coriander plus some rocket and mixed salad leaves and then got a bit carried away with a small seed tray of lobelia, another of antirrhinum and some pots with 4 sweet peas in each and another couple of nasturtium in pots.

Then some tidying up, sorting out some empty pots and trays and thinking about what to grow next – before it was time for a lovely BBQ, what a great Sunday. 

Growing pains

Not quite sure that everything is thriving quite as it should but I might just be my usual
impatient self. I put everything outside when we had some sunshine on Friday but it was
chillier than it looked. All back inside again in the warm but now I’m wondering if my little
seedlings are warm/cool/dry/watered enough. 

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I’m hoping that operation ‘new greenhouse’ will make some more progress next week, the ground needs levelling first as it slopes a bit which won’t work.  Still no sign of life from the leeks out in the cold frame and the mesembryanthemum seedlings have remained too weedy and tiny to transplant so I might have another attempt at sowing some more tomorrow. 

I’d also like to get my overwintered broad beans in the raised bed but I’m a warm weather
gardener 😉 Maybe tomorrow…

Progress..

Seedlings all seem to be doing nicely now, making slow and steady progress so their spot in the dining room seems to be suiting them.

Tomatoes will be potted on before too long, I think they need a bit more room.

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The coriander is popping up, must remember to start regular sowings so that we’ve got some on the go all the time, I love it in salads and curries and we eat a lot of both! Delighted to see a little sign of life from the cucumber seeds in the pot on the left, hopefully all four will appear eventually.

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Last but not least, I have one nasturtium making an appearance, let’s hope the others pop up soon. I haven’t used these little growing pellets before and the jury is out at the moment – I’ve got 6 nasturtiums and 6 extra hot peppers in them and this is the only sign of life so far.

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