Sunday, 13 June 2010
Allotment and Garden Update
Today - we dug our first new potatoes out of the allotment - Kestrel Potatoes - they were delicious - cooked with fresh mint sprigs from the garden tub - very tasty - also I picked a bunch of sweet peas for the house what a heavenly fragrance - and gorgeous colours - the perfume stays firmly in your memory
Lettuces and radish are producing well - an essential for a quirky vegetarian like me - and today I was given a coleslaw recipe by Molyglover - which I shall try out for myself this week.
The allotment gardener will be thinning out the swedes and carrots this week - beware the carrot fly - heads in books tonight to find ways of deterring these little nuisances and send them on their way - Bernard Schofield in his book Miscellany of Garden Wisdom tells us to crumble moth balls up and hoe them into the ground around the carrots - does anyone use these any more I wonder - probably not
Those that would grow this useful root
Free from blight and maggots
Must freely use both lime and soot
And they will have fine carrots
William Gain 1956
Broad beans are podding up well as are the peas - I slight attack of blackfly on the broadbeans to be resolved with soapy water or a spray - help! - no we are organic
Courgettes are looking healthy with sunflowers close by and garlic - onions french and runner beas - sweet corn and leeks - all growing on
This week wallflower and sweet william seeds to be set and the allotment gardener will keep up that continual battle against the weeds
In the greenhouse - zygo cactus are still flowering and Pelargonium Apple Blossom Rosebud is out these are last years plants - and doing well
Also violas grown from own seed are doing well (see pic ) - I need to consult Viola book - do they need to be stopped? I don't know! can anyone help would be much appreciated.
The Canna lily mentioned in last gardening blog is now through and making good headway - and Jasminium Polyanthum has been replaced - half price from local gardening centre - well done to me - slap on the back....
- note to self do not over water this time !!
The Moss rose is now out in the garden - what a perfume and delicate colour (pic attached taken in the rain )- the heady perfume was outstanding do you know I can still smell that lingering fragrance now.
My Streptocarpus cuttings are doing well in the conservatory - my little project at the moment - more cuttings to be taken in spare moment this month
The Pleone bulb in the stone trough mentioned last gardening blog - no change there!!!
This is the end of another gardening blog - more to follow no doubt at a later date - blogging is very similar to gardening - you dip in and out of this and that and never finish what you intended to do - so something is always left for another day