We have four young seedlings of globe artichoke Violet de Provence that we sowed a few weeks ago. They are in the usual sort of 3.5 inch plant pots that, for most crops, would serve well for several more weeks. Artichokes, though, are deep rooted. Importantly, they develop a deep taproot, and do so rather… Continue reading Potting on the globe artichokes
As much fun as it is to sow seed and dream about the crops to come, there is something special about getting those first crops in the ground; it is the moment when all of that bare soil suddenly starts to look productive. We recently planted out the first rows of peas and the broad… Continue reading Crops in the ground
The Jerusalem artichoke is almost the perfect crop: easy to grow, requiring little or no maintenance, nor even irrigation under typical conditions; perennial; rarely affected by pests and diseases; producing a fairly good yield for the space; and can be dug as needed from late autumn through to mid spring. Its only drawback is that… Continue reading The artichoke chore
In early February we planted 20 tubers of potato Sharpe’s Express in 15 litre pots half filled with a rich compost mix. They have been a bit varied in their development but some were now ready to be earthed up and the others should follow in a week or two. Earthing up with pot grown… Continue reading Earthing up the potato pots
With April just around the corner, it was time to sow some of the tender crops, to be planted outdoors in early to mid May or in the polytunnel or glasshouses as soon as large enough. First were the French beans, Meraviglia di Venezia, a yellow climbing bean, and Beurre de Rocquencourt, also yellow, but… Continue reading Sowing this week
…tuppence a bag. Well, we wish it were tuppence a bag, this stuff is rather expensive. One of our hives is a bit short on bees and a bit short of food, so we have been keeping a careful eye on it to make sure the small colony does not starve.
Our Haygrove polytunnel has given us several years of good service since we assembled it in 2012 and we have been quite happy with it. However, we had a setback with the door, which developed two broken welds. It is galvanised, so fixing the welds would be a chore. Whilst wondering about the best way… Continue reading Broken door
Shallots have been cultivated since ancient times, possibly originating in or around Ashkelon, now a city in modern day Israel, for which a former classification as A. ascalonicum was named, as well as the term scallion, which is now applied to several sorts of allium grown for use whilst green and typically with little bulb. Shallots… Continue reading Shallot or not?
This week’s main task was planting out some of the broad beans that we sowed a few weeks back. They had developed into robust young plants in perfect condition for moving on. Whilst we planted out the peas in the polytunnel, broad beans do not do so well under cover as they rely on pollinating… Continue reading Sowing this week
This week we got our main crop onions, garlic, and shallots planted. Usually, we would have an autumn sown crop running along the side beds of the polytunnel, where they produce well, especially the garlic. As we did little in the garden last year, we are missing out on this crop, but have planted two… Continue reading Sowing this week