A new poppy was planted in the Fruit Cage yesterday, it is a poppy that I do not think has been grown at Great Dixter before, it is Papaver sommiferum ‘Breadseed Poppy’, it is a poppy that does not open it seed heads when ripe, you need to open the seed pod by hand, I am very much looking forward to cooking with the seed. The seed comes from one of our students Maggie, thank you. It is great to have poppies up in the Vegetable Garden and even better to have poppies that you can use the seeds of, I will keep you up to date and see how they grow.
are the Tomato plants that we got in today going to grow and give us some very good fruit this summer? I did think it maybe a good idea to tie a pair of opera-glasses to the fruit cage, so people who come to see the plants will be able to see them, the plants are so small. Next year I am going to sow the seed in March now that I know I have the glass house space, or maybe I should just give the seed to the Tomato KIng, then get plants six weeks later.
We have a new Dutch Hoe in our gift shop, so when I was down for my afternoon drink with Alice I got myself one, and gave it a test run up in the Fruit Cage, and was very happy with how it felt to use, it moved along the ground very well, so I am very happy to have my own Royal Dutch Hoe, maybe the new Dutch King uses one in the Royal vegetable garden……two more days of dry and I will have the garden cleaned up with my new hoe, it is made by Sneeboer.
You do not remember how big something is till you have to get on all fours and weed it, that is what I started to do yesterday with the Fruit Cage, it is a great space with the different fruit in there, but it is large, we let the forget-me-nots self-sow in it but there is a point when they and all the weeds need to be got rid of so the soft fruit can get all the summer rains for the development of the fruit, now is that time, I will be back on it today, and part of next week.
In the area at the end of the Rhubarb patch we have planted the Squash, this area has not had a lot of love for a very long time, it has not had winter digging for many years, nursery stock was there for a long time, yesterday we took stock of the area, weeded it and put a great amount of compost into it and for the first year we are going to grow Squash on the soil, in the past they were planted on the compost heaps, the Gourds will still go onto the compost heaps. It will be interesting to see how they do on the ground, I hope they do well as we want to eat them this year, the smell of pie my come from the kitchen this autumn.
It does make me smile to walk up into the vegetable garden and see the buds of the Globe Artichoke coming up through the foliage, these are the part of the plant that we eat and it is something that I love to eat on my own or with friends, the more we cut and eat them the more they produce, all a plant wants to do is flower and produce seed, we do not allow it to do this by eating its buds, oh well.
Last week we got more of the winter vegetables in, it was good to have them in and watered, two rows of Leek went in one was L. Lyon 2 ‘Prize taker’, sown on 16/04/13, seed from Moles Seed and the other was L.’Kenton’, sown on the same date and also from Moles Seed. We also got in two rows of Celeriac ‘Monarch’, sown on 28/04/13, a friend also came to coffee the other day with eight Red Cabbage ‘Red Drumhead’, not too sure when the seed for these where sown but we got them in and a cover put over them.
This time of the year I find that there are two tools that I can not garden without, they are both from Sneeboer&Zn, the first is the Wide Trowel which is what I do all my planting with, it is also a useful measure, most plants are a trowel away from each other and the other tool is the Dutch Hoe, I can run up and down the rows in good time, knocking down the weeds as I go, leaving them to dry out in the sun, they die by the end of the day.