Sunday, 20 May 2018

Two significant milestones

This week, I have passed two significant milestones on my new plot.

Firstly, I finished the digging (at long last!). The veg-patch now extends all the way to the Raspberry canes.

I plan to use that last patch of soil for growing some New Zealand Spinach, and some Dwarf French Beans, but neither of those is ready for planting yet.

The other milestone is the fact that I have harvested my first crop - a bunch of "French Breakfast" radishes. Small but very satisfying!

Coincidentally, on the same day I harvested those "French Breakfast" radishes from the Courtmoor plot I also got a few "Lada" from my own garden.

The plot is now practically full, and the veggies are beginning to fill out.

The Broad Bean plants, although not very big, are covered in flowers, so hopefully some pods will set before many more days have passed. My application of the "Growmore" fertiliser seems to have been pretty beneficial, since the yellowing of the leaves stopped soon after.

The potatoes, whilst healthy enough, are progressing quite slowly, probably because they are not getting enough water. I have been watering the whole plot with the hosepipe every few days for a couple of weeks now, but it's never enough, and we have only had one spell of decent rain.

There's one other thing I want to mention today. Honeysuckle. Though not part of the veg-patch I'm working on, this is too lovely to ignore. In the garden there are two huge Honeysuckle bushes, one of which is climbing up into a big tree next to the shed. The perfume of the flowers pervades everything!


  1. Mark, I'd suggest that you buy a bale of hay or straw and put it on as a permanent mulch on your spuds after you've given them a good watering. Leave the mulch loose and fluffy rather than packed down and any subsequent waterign/rain will find it's way through the mulch but the spuds will dry out less. Here in Australia where it gets as hot as the hobs of Hades, and evaporation is high, water hungry plants are always mulched. I'm sure that the UK is also starting to get less rain than it used to do.

    1. Thanks for the tip. Being a townie, I'm not sure where one buys just a single bale of straw though (as opposed to a trailer-load)! BTW, I love that expression "As hot as the hobs of Hades"!

    2. :-)) When you've had to live through a week or more of +40 degrees C temps, you'll know why I use that Hades analogy. Even if you cna't buy a sngle bale (like anywhere that provided feed for horses), hardware shops might have some other form of mulch like material - perhaps the sort of stuff Brits who keep chooks might use perhaps. Or even dry off grass clippings and use that as much or autumn leaves run over by the motor mower...


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