Posted in : 2009 Season
Due to a couple of websites being on a tight deadline I didn't get chance to make a post last week. Not helped by the fact that Scott then dragooned me into coding a new website ( sorry no link as it's not a public release yet ), to help him in his quest for best job in the world. I hope like hell he wins because then I can go squat in Canada for a month
Some of the chilli peppers are also a little bit leggy, although this seems to be more based on which variety they are, some of them are still pretty stout. The good news is that we've started turning on the heated beds in the potting shed so I'll soon be able to grow them on there where they'll have the benefit of real daylight. Of course, that means I need to find some gaps between all the dahlia tubers which will soon be rapidly filling the beds.
Whilst I've sparked off a fair few seeds early to try and get a jump on the season there are some seeds that need sowing now. So in the last week I've started the first lot of cabbages ( Rouge Tete Noire and Greyhound ) and Broccoli ( Quick Heading and Summer Purple Sprouting ). I'll be successionally sowing both of these for the next few months so that I don't end up with a huge pile of cabbages all at the same time. Some time over the next week or so I'll probably start chitting my spuds as they take up to 6 weeks before they're ready for planting and with a tad of luck my lil patch in the corner will be dry enough for them by then.
I know you may think it's a tad early, but I'm also starting to plan what I can grow in the beds through the winter months. This is a new one for me because our lil patch in the corner isn't really suitable for growing much more than leeks through the winter months, but this year I'll have 5 more beds, that are under cover, to use. That's about 130 feet of 3 foot wide beds! My intention is to use the beds in our lil patch in the corner to grow leeks, I think I can get about 500 in them which should be enough to see us through to next year. In fact, I'm pretty sure it will as we're still eating last years leeks and I only planted about 50. Of the five beds that are under cover I'll probably use 1 for winter cabbages and 1 for spring cabbages. I'm also considering planting a couple of varieties of Kale and I *think* you can also grow lettuce, beetroot and spinach through the winter, but I'll need to look into that to be sure. Basically anything that I can grow through the winter that can be timed to take up an empty bed will be considered.
This is a diary of all the vegetables I'm growing.
With a tad of luck this will help me learn from my mistakes