If I fall asleep at any point in my maundering please rouse me, I have good reason to be groggy. I have been a’gardening. I hadn’t held out much hope for today. I put down broccoli seedlings, I even had to make my own cabbage collars because they’re apparently a scarce resource, treasured by the idle rich and withheld from the toiling poor. I used fairly flexible cardboard. I hope they’ll be okay. As I was saying I hadn’t expected to do much, but when I was out there the sun stated to shine, but that’s been happening on and off this last week, the sun appears and just as quickly vanishes and the temperature drops. Still, ever optimistic person hat I am I lathered on the sun-block and headed out. The sun held and hours later I’m the proud surveyor of two beds containing forty five vegetables! Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. I felt that I was losing space the more I worked, but today I’m content. I have dozens upon dozens of peas and beans down, some sowed later so they’ll take time to appear. I even have the first four harlequin squash transplanted out. So, for this post let’s take the easy way: A picture here and here and and unrelated story, not all unrelated, but at least not in any order.
I have a fun story. I’m often amazed at how enduring plants can be, you expect it with weeds, but I was looking at the red onions and thought I spied some more garter weed, some potatoes too, once planed never alone it seems, the pulling of which seems to be slowing it, but instead of a weed there were two onions starting, almost three months later. I couldn’t believe these little shoots, neatly in a row, that’s how I knew they were onions, had taken this long to grow and hadn’t just rotted. It’s necessary to be patient when growing.
I still have to plant my Brussels Sprouts and Purple Broccoli, which takes at least a year to grow!, into pots. If I get a decent weekend I’ll make a start on that and on filling more squash pots. I am thinking of maybe, just maybe, going for more than ten squash plants. I haven’t decided fully yet. The one litre pots were perfect for starting squash seeds in, the roots were just starting to wind back on themselves. One root was as thick as a shoelace and had dozens of tiny roots running along it. There’s also a smell unique to squash, I don’t know if it deters insects or something. I must look it up.
Just in case someone out there wants to try it out I shall tell you of the tumbler beetroot project, Aka Yellow Wonder Under Cover! The one I uncovered a few day ago is standing upright and starting to put out more leaves. The ones I rudely pulled and moved aren’t doing so well. I think I’ll let the others get bigger and then move some when I separate all but the centre one. It looks to be a success. I might try it with carrots next.
I love the discount store. I bought so much feed and you can really see the effects. Everything is flourishing and growing wonderfully. It takes more than feed, but under-feeding will show. Funnily my local supermarket stocks the same feed at double the price! I think I’ll stick to the discount store. There’s so much here that I end up going through liquid feed by the case. I have the granulated feed in with the vegetables and squash. Still need to get more. It’s costly, but worth it and much better than some of the things you could spend money on.
I have one regret I need to rectify this year: I never took a runner from the cascading strawberry plan when I had the chance. I assumed I had all year and discarded the only runner it sent out. The odd weather meant I had plenty of berries, but no babies. I have to wait until the berries start so I can identify the plant, and I will mark it or the future too, and the I keep an eye out for the runners.
It’s honestly amazing what you can grow in such a small space. Without the rampant weeds and random bushes overrunning the garden, a few carefully placed pots and planters and planned out beds and you can grow so much. I’ll have so much I might struggle to get it all into my freezer. I do like having enough as there will probably be loses, I’m taking precautions, but you never know. Mother nature can be fickle. Still, it’s very rewarding to step out and spend so long checking each section and seeing all that there is in every space. Every year this place will improve. Compost will enrich the soil, the flowers will multiply and I’ll probably be forever fiddling with new ideas. The experience I’ve gained is the greatest reward in all this. I know so much more than I used to and that’s enabling me to push the limits of my garden.
I never ask questions, do I dear reader? I should engage with my readers, but I’m not naturally inquisitive about other people. But, let’s try it! Er, are any of my dear readers doing any gardening? Is there anything you’d like to share? Oh, great, now I sound like a counsellor. You’re good people dear reader.
I do often remark that there are these bursts of activity that can overwhelm you, but then when you’ve carefully separated, covered, watered and planted out just have to hang around and wait. I’m actually really pleased with all that going on this year. I’m not the most confident person and I do have to try to remember that it’s not bragging to take pleasure in the fruits of my labour. It’s why I enjoy sharing these photos on the blog with anyone will to look. See you soon dear reader.