It is great to have friends in different parts of the world, you can catch up with them and see what is going on in their garden, I talked to three dear friends from in Little Compton, R.I today, they are very much behind us in the garden but the interesting thing is that they will catch up with us before too long. They get hotter summers than us. MF is the fellow vegetable gardener so we love to catch up with what is going on and like me he loves to cook so there is always a lot to talk about. Freinds are also great to swap plants with like the Pelargonium that I got from my friend Geraldine, it was not named so I call it ‘Stroods Pink’, I have just got it out out the glass house and it is back in the kitchen windowsill for the summer, I will be reminded of Geraldine most days because of the plant. It is a perfect pink I think.
We got the pea sticks up and then the peas in the ground. To have this structure in the garden really does make it feel so much different up there, it is now feeling like something is going on in the vegetable garden. It is also good to have the plants in the ground so that I have more room in the glass house for other things, I need to get the tomatoes in now, I have the area ready for them but do not have plants. I have a few days without Thomas, is has gone off to Paris for a holiday…..staff.
It is that day of the year when the artichokes are lifted and slips are taken from the two year old plant, you just take these young slips, these severed from the main stem below ground level at the point where they meet the trunk, and get rid of the rest. It does sound like a big job but goes well if you have someone like Thomas on the job with you. It was the hottest day of the year so far so maybe not the best day to do it, now I want it to cool down a little and maybe rain a little also, I do like to get things my way.
I do not think that 5 seeds to come up out of 48 planted is a good number, and this year I do not think it is down to me, this is the number of Thompson and Morgan broad bean seeds to come up, on the same day I sowed 48 seeds in the same way from Moles, two did not come up, the rest did, this tells me something about the seed suppilier. Well anyway I am leaving the peas and broad beans out all night tonight to harden them for the garden, I would like to get them in before the end of the week. I have left them out for five days and just put them in the summer house at night so they are getting hard and after tonight they should be hard.
I am always very happy to go over to Gravetye and see what Tom and the team are up to, maybe the high light of this trip was to see the meadows and how much better they are looking with great management but really for me the high light while there is the time Tom gives me to look around and talk things over, I know a lot of gardeners who do such a great job but never put in the time to enjoy the work and talk it over with interested friends, thank you Tom for a great Sunday tour and lunch xxx
Once again Moles seed has come through for me. I was able the take the first lot of fleece off the garden and was very happy to see that under it was a great crop of Beetroot and Spinach but the best of all was something that I was not able to grow last year, Parsnip, this has made my week I have to say, I have been back up there tonight to have another look. I am now the biggest fan of fleece to get things moving early.
Well the good news is that I over ordered the right broad bean seed, I planted two varieties of broad bean seed and the one that has done best so far is the “Super Aquadulce’ these seed I got from Moles, the other that has not done well at all is ‘Express’ and the seed from these was from Thompson and Morgan, it is not the only seed from them that I have not been so happy with this season so far. I am getting less and less from Thompson and Morgan anyway.