It is good to see the Tomatoes seeds have now come up, until the last few nights I was a little worried that we were late with them, it is still cold at night, so if planted them out now they may have gone back, I do find the Tomato the hardest vegetable plant to get right in this country, I have seen them growing as weeds on compost heaps in the U.S.A producing fruit, I could not get mine through the summer last year with a lot of love, we need dry heat from June till October this year to get a great crop. I will prick out the seedlings into plug trays early next week.
Yesterday I was able to plant the Broccoli ‘extra early sprouting Rudolph’ ,one row of this and also the Broccoli ‘Summer Purple’,two rows of this, last year I made a major mistake with this job, I did it at the end of the day and did not cover them, in the morning when I went out the pigeons had eaten everything but a few stems, this year I covered them before the end of the day as the rain started to fall.
The Climbing Beans that where sown in plug trays on the 30/04/13 have started to come up, I am very happy to see this, having glass house space really has been a great help to me this season as we are still having cold weather at night and things would not have got going, using plug trays has meant I can plant out a good sized plant that has a strong root system.
After a day on my hands and knees the rows are looking a lot better, I can now see what I have got and what I need to replant next week, the replant looks it is going to be a row of Parsnip “Gladiator’, which did not do well for me last year either, and Spinach ‘F1 Boeing’, this is something I do not have a problem with so will also try again, the rest is looking good, now the Lettuce should grow as it does not have to fight for space.
Today is the day we are to go through and thin out the seedlings now doing very well in the vegetable garden, the Lettuce ‘All year round’, has really done well, I am happy so far with it, the taste will win them over for me, and they do not run to seed (like some friends). The Spinach ‘F1 Boeing’, has not come up yet, not too sure that anything is going to come of it, I will put more in. Once I have thinned out, I will put a sprinkler on the area just to settle the seedlings back in the soil after a bit of a pull about.
It really is a great feeling when things start to come together in the garden, I felt like that yesterday, it was one of those days where it was perfect, you were happy to be out there and it was working, I was so pleased with the garden by lunch time that I was not able to have my afternoon rest, I just wanted to keep going, the dogs where not as happy about this, by the end of the day I felt I had turned a corner and pulled it all together, I got Perry to come and have a look at things, a fresh pair of eyes is always help full. I also had my dear friend here, Tom Coward from Gravetye Manor, he is head gardener and knows all there is to know about vegetable growing, he did enjoying asking about things that he had ready and I did not, but on the whole, I think he was happy, and long may it last.
Just what the doctor ordered, rain, I woke up and was happy to see out the window that it was raining, it is just what I wanted for the work that I have in mind to do today, I need to thin out the Lettuce ‘All year Round’, that I planted out on 08/04/13, I am going to move them into another row so a good watering from the sky will be a great help to the job, I am also going to plant out my Pea ‘Sugar Ann’, the roots have found there way to the bottom of the plug tray. It was good to take the photo from my bedroom today, warm and dry.
A long weekend does not mean that one can turn their back on the garden, newly planted plants need to get going and for this they need water and some heat, we have had the heat over the weekend so I had to make sure they got the water, I have had a lot of luck with the Artichokes but this has been down to giving them water each day to get them going. I have also had to get out the sprinkler and give the rows for seeds a good watering, I am from the school of, give them a good watering and let them get on with it where I can. Of course the glasshouse needs water every day and as plants get bigger need to be moved into the cold frames to get them ready for planting out.
Yesterday was another seed sowing day, I got eight pots of seed sown, six of these were Tomatoes, as I was sowing the seed, I was thinking, am I wasting my time, are these going to get blight, if we think like this we should not garden, we as gardeners live with HOPE, that is the thing that keeps us going. The Tomatoes that we are going to grow are; ‘Gardener’s Delight’ Thompson and Morgan, Sungold F1 Hybrid’ Thompson and Morgan, ‘Costoluto’ Franchi Seed, ‘S.Marzano 2’ Franchi Seed, ‘Moneymaker’Thompson and Morgan and ‘Domates’ Bursa Seed, this should give us a good range. The other two pots where, Herb ‘Coriander Calypso’ Thompson and Morgan and Herb ‘Chervil’ Thompson and Morgan,( I planted another pot of this as I did not think the other pot was doing anything, by the afternoon there was movement from the other pot). Also two more plug trays where planted, Climbing Bean ‘Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco’ Thompson and Morgan and Climbing Bean ‘Cobra’ Moles Seed. With this good weather we should see some good movement.