Weekend Workout

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This is the first time I’ve grown garlic.  I bought three organic bulbs from the supermarket last September, split them, and planted them – some in pots, some in a raised bed.  In spring, I transplanted the pots into the other raised bed. 

Last Friday, Monty Don (BBC 2’s Gardener’s World), dug his garlic up.  On Saturday, a lovely hot and sunny day, I did the same.  In comparison to Monty’s, they’re not too bad.  I don’t think another few weeks in the ground would have made any difference to their size – not when they’ve been growing for nearly 10 months!

They are pretty pungent, so a little will go a long way! But they have to dry out for a few days, so maybe the smell will reduce.

We had so much rain over the last couple of weeks that I hadn’t looked at my vegetables, but here are some Boogie dwarf peas.

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The previous weekend, I moved my tomatoes from the shady patio onto the sunny top patio in the hope it will improve their growth.  I planted some spinach around the edges of each pot and this will be ready to pick soon.

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The potatoes are still doing well.  They had lots of sun on Saturday.  This photo was taken around 9:30 am, the shadow is from my potting shed.

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The Little Gem lettuce are already sprouting after just 5 days.

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And I’ve transplanted the mixed Swiss Chard from troughs into the front of both raised beds.  This is where the garlic was.  I added extra compost and covered both beds with fleece to protect them from the sun.

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The square behind the chard contains beetroot seedlings.  They’ve been in this raised bed since the third week in May.  After all the rain, I was expecting to see more than a few small leaves.  I swear they look smaller now than before they went into this bed.

I also learned a new thing today.  I did take a photo but it was blurred.

I didn’t know that broad bean pods stand up, as opposed to runner bean pod which hang down!


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