Where has this week gone? It seems impossible it’s Saturday again! I have been so engrossed in helping my Gnome build our new composter (more on this project in a separate post) that I nearly forgot to post my weekly gardening update.
This week we were blessed with heavy rain on Tuesday night which gave the garden a good soaking and a welcome relief from the time-consuming task of watering. After another week dodging the intense heat from the sun while trying to work in the garden a few cloudy days would be nice. I know it may seem a strange wish but planting out some seedlings in the intense sun is quite a challenge. where there is a will there is a way, so I resorted to sheltering the newly planted seedlings under plastic crates. These crates really are a gardener’s friend!
1. PIGLET’S PLOT IN PROGRESS
We now have space in the raised vegetable area to plant the leeks I have been nurturing from seed (wilkos elephant) I planted in a seed tray on the 19th April. I transplanted them recently into larger pots waiting for the pea crop to meet its maker. Unfortunately, the peas succumbed to the dreaded white powdery mildew which spread through the whole crop in a few days. After Gnome removed all the peas I removed the debris of dead and decaying leaves, cleaned the earth, fed with some manure compost, and Epsom salts then left for a couple of weeks to rest ready for the next tenant.
The green beans continue to provide a daily crop and if I’m honest I am beaned out. The freezer is almost full and I need to consult Google for some new recipes. Any ideas?
The courgettes are still problematic with end rot. I persist.
Carrots are doing well so I have decided to grow some more in the space vacated by the peas.
The cucumber is still reasonably happy as are the aubergines planted back in March.
2. CURLY CUCUMBER
We had curly carrots and now we have a curly cucumber. I now have several cucumber plants in different stages of growth and next month I will plant some more seeds.
3. MORE COURGETTE CHALLENGES!
IT withing courgettes is not enough to contend with the pigging leaves have started going brown. I’ve since removed these leaves but I hope it’s not fungal. Any idea how I can prevent this?
4. WILKO ELEPHANT LEEK SEEDLINGS
The leek seeds I planted on the 19th April can now be planted to the main raised vegetable area. I can’t believe they have taken so long to grow this big!
5. RED PEPPER SEEDLING – CALIFORNIA WONDER
The red pepper seedlings planted on the 18th April are ready to move to large individual pots and their final home.
6. ONION SEEDLINGS
I have now potted on the onions I planted on the 20th March. I already know onions adapt reasonably well to growing in large containers so I have planted in the blue box and black crate previously home to lettuce and watercress.
That’s it for this week. Why not check out other gardening bloggers for their six on saturday.