Gardening: Six on Saturday 02.01.2021

It’s been a while since I participated in Six on Saturday so with my 2020 personal challenges hopefully behind me I have decided to take up gardening with renewed enthusiasm and reconnect with my gardening blogging buddies! Raises spade to a ‘Hopeful’ New Year.

Over the years I have been tempted to abandon my often futile attempts to grow fruit and vegetables thanks to the barrage of bugs, blight, blossom end rot, white/grey mold, and humidity challenges to name a few. But then every now and again my tenacity is rewarded and my plan to turn the raised vegetable bed into a chicken run is dismissed.

I used to buy all my vegetable seedling plugs from the local markets but since the arrival of COVID these are closed and my attempts to grow vegetables from seed failed miserably especially lettuce. However, during a recent trip to a local nursery to source a Poinsettia plant for Christmas, I discovered trays of lettuce plugs, broccoli, cauliflower, and leeks!

Night time temperatures over the last week have varied from as low as 4c up to 13C. Most days have been warm and sunny with temperatures rising to around 20C in sheltered areas. Rain… lots of rain. Great, I don’t need to water.

  1. GROWING LETTUCE IN POTS

I planted these as seedling plugs in early December. I initially covered with plastic covers to protect from our resident blackbird who loves to dig. I now have four pots of lettuce in various stages of development.

January Lettuce growing in a Pot

2. LEEKS

I grew these from seeds planted in April last year!

Leeks - Wilco White elephant

As an experiment we used plastic collars made from water bottles to bank up the soil around the base of the leek.

growing leeks with plastic collars

Knowing how long it has taken for leeks to grow and how much space they need I decided to try growing a few in pots. I planted these seedling plugs purchased from our local nursery in early december. I don’t know what variety they are.

growing leeks in pots

3. CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI

I bought these cauliflower and broccoli seedling plugs end of Nov/beg December-ish. Although I carefully labelled up the bags at the nursery, I can’t remember which is which! I am now waiting for my veg patch to be dug over, the bone, blood and fish fertilizer added and some chicken pooh.. I need to research the latter to see how much is permissible as I don’t want to overfertilize and burn the plants.

brocolli and cauliflower seedlings

4. CARROTS

I can’t remember exactly when I planted the seeds directly in the container, maybe back in June/July? Anyways, apart from being watered, they have been ignored. No thinning, nada, so they are packed like squashed sardines in a tin. But they grew! Happy days.

Carrots grow well in a container.
carrots grow well in containers

5. STRAWBERRIES

During December we dug up all the strawberry plants, removed all the dead leaves and repotted in in small pots while we dug over the bed, weeded, fed with manure and bonemeal and covered with membrane. This week we replanted all the plants. We’ve never used membrane before so fingers crossed it supresses the weeds and stop the soil drying out to quickly.

Baby strawberry plants

6. GROWING NETTLES IN CONTAINERS

Yes, that’s right. I have been collecting nettle seedlings and repotting so I can make my own nettle fertilizer. AND, apparently, it makes great tea. We will see.

GRowing nettles in pots to make nettle fertilizer.

That’s it for this week, To catch up with more gardening bloggers from around the world Check out the Propogators blog here

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  1. Your lettuces look great, I like the way you mix the different colours in, almost too pretty to eat. I wonder how your nettles in pots will turn out, it’s a nice idea to grow your own fertiliser. I live near a forest in Belgium with plenty of nettles, so I surreptiously snip a few when I go for walks and add to the compost heap.

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    1. Thanks, Sel. I love growing the mixed lettuce as being on the keto diet I eat it everyday. Now I have some growing in the garden I can pick the leaves as and when rather than the whole lettuce.

      As for nettles, I am sure they must grow in abundance here … somewhere.

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  2. Nettles were a favorite here early last year, not because they did well in the garden, but because they are so abundant on the trails, and must be cleared anyway. I would not waste garden space for them while they are so abundant beyond the garden.

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    1. That’s just it, I’ve not found any nettles near us… or at least where I can walk to in a forest. 😦 We live on the cliff so it has a different type of vegetation.Plus, I can’t walk far. Do use nettles as a fertilizer, tony?

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    1. The idea of the plastic bottle collar was to gradually bank up the soil as the leek grew but it got lost in translation and my garden gnome filled up the collar in one go… this meant soil got into the leek as it was growing

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  3. I see you did well with the salads in pots… They look fresh and appetizing !
    Well done also for all other vegetables and concerning the carrots, this year they are quite short and twisted for many people. Good point for the black membrane around the strawberries, you will be rewarded.
    Happy New Year Mrs Piglet!

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    1. I will have to try them. 🙂 I am still gathering plants at the moment. I can’t find any in the wild near where we live so assume the ones that have sprung up in our garden are a gift from the birds. 🙂

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    1. I don’t think the carrots agree lol. BUT the moment I start to give them attention I bet I kill them. Thanks for stopping by trowel. I will pop by later and check out your SOS. Right now, the clouds are gathering and I better do some work in the garden. 🙂

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