I tackled this bed mid-month, hoping that we’d seen the last of frosty nights! The first thing was to clear away all the daffodil and narcissi pots to give access. Second – the temporary removal of the arch. Third, remove everything else and prune the fuchsia cuttings along the wall.
I rescued as many brassica leaves as I could (for our evening meal), then dug everything out, apart from the purple sprouting broccoli. I weeded, hoed to brake up the crust on the soil surface; added loads of chicken manure pellets; added the compost from five growing bags (my failed experiment to grow salad crops over winter), and raked and hoed everything again.
I’ve used a row of bricks to separate the fuchsias from the veg bed, added a ‘fleece’ layer (to start warming the soil) topped of with upturned hanging baskets to discourage cat activity, and replaced the arch in a new position – at the front of the bed where it will – hopefully – allow easier access to peas and beans (and provide some much needed shade while we have our morning coffee – once the beans have grown). All in all, a good morning’s work.
With my freezer filling up and no likelihood of getting a chest freezer anytime soon, I turned to the internet to see how I can deal with my runner beans – other than freezing. Continue reading “Runner Bean Mayhem”→
Last month, I wrote about my problems growing beetroot. This is their ‘journey’ from 23 April, when I bought some of them as seedling from the garden centre, through May when I sowed more seeds, to 4 August, as I ponder whether to ditch them and plant something else.
It appears that it makes no difference whether they are grown in a trough or in a raised bed, or whether they were bought in as seedlings (mixed) or sown direct into the ground (red).
And so to that great compost bin in the sky – there is no hope for these trough-grown beetroot – not a golf-ball among them, plenty of marbles though. Perhaps another month would have done – or not!
The first day of the month was mostly sunny, though a cool breeze blew through my garden. I’d tied these bean strings on the arch thinking I might be able to plant a few seeds out, but I don’t think I’ll risk it yet. I’ve started some off in the greenhouse though. Continue reading “Monthly Round-up: April”→
I think I should be able to grow most of these on my list. Peas and beans (hopefully) on an arch between the two raised beds, potatoes in large pots. Peppers might need to be in the potting shed where it is warmer. Continue reading “My Tiny Garden Wish List”→