Have been busy the last week doing lots of bits and pieces in and out of the garden so thought I would give you a quick update of how we are getting along….
The Peas are doing amazingly! They have gone from strength to strength. I have not had to do too much work with them – just put up some canes and twine at start to support them as they grow. They have flowered and are now producing an abundance of pea pods. The small pods I am picking and eating raw in salads and when in garden and the more established pods we are leaving to grow on to full size. I got these Peas as seeds from Thompson and Morgan along with a number of other seeds. They grew brilliantly and even survived a slug raid! If you want some similar easy to care for peas take a look at Thompson and Morgans website http://www.thompson-morgan.com/. They also have some good blogs and tips there too.
Peas for eaten fresh and raw in the garden!
I have transferred some of our stronger lettuces back out to the garden in a different area – hoping that this time the slugs will not get them! However, I have kept back 3 lettuces in pots on the windowsill as back up just in case. The Rocket and mixed salad leaves are growing well and great to pick at in the windowsill for quick salads.
A few pictures of our Alpine Strawberries too – there are never enough for a dessert as I always eat them as I go past!
More updates and photos soon including herbs, mange-tout and how the chickens are getting on! Hope you are enjoying the summer and smallholding season, let me know what you think of the blog and please feel free to let me know how you are getting on with growing your own!
Thankyou Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx
Preparing soil and seeds
the oregano going strong!
Podge checking the chives
A sunny day finally!
So a quick allotment update!
We are having to start most of our seeds off indoors or on the balcony/windowsill area due to the cold and unpredictable weather. The Asparagus pea seeds are in their pots but will take a little while to get going I reckon.The lettuce seedlings are up and sprouting which is great news so in the next few weeks we should be seeing progress with mixed salad for our dinners! The Leek seedlings have been transferred to a bigger pot to continue to grow before we replant them outside in the allotment patch. The cucumber seeds are in too so hoping they will spring up in next 14-20 days.
Yesterday I planted a big tray of different sorts of seeds from Thompson and Morgan so looking forward to them. I have got most of my seeds this year from Thompson and Morgan and they have been great so here is the link if you are interested: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/
The herbs have been a great addition and we have been using them most nights in pasta sauces, curries and more!
All the news for now, Katy, The Good Life In Practice
If you would like to see my guest blog for Thompson and Morgan press the link below:
Also they have some great seed selections on their website! : )
Thankyou, Katy xxxxx
The Good Life In Practice
Doing a bit of potting in the eve.
Baby Leek seeds from Thompson and Morgan and new electric daisies from Sutton Seeds to try!
Rocket and Thyme Seeds from ALLOTINABOX
The finished pots ready to grow indoors before planting out.
Using my paper potter from Thompson and Morgan to pot new seeds!
This weekend we have been trying to at least plant some seeds to get them started so we have some small plants to grow on and then transfer outside when it is better weather and Spring properly arrives! We are currently potting a number of seeds indoors every weekend in the hope they will begin to grow and be ready for the coming spring time. Also once they have grown a little we are aiming to harden off the plants everyday on the balcony to get them accustomed to the outdoor climate so we can fully plant them outside and have success!
In this last batch I had a great mixture of seeds to try:
Baby Leeks-provided by http://www.thompson-morgan.com/ who have a great selection of seeds and plants! Also I got to use my new paper potter from them too-great fun and uses old newspapers to make free pots!
Some Electric Daisies (edible flowers) to zing up the allotment from http://www.suttons.co.uk/ who have a great variety of seeds including heritage seeds and James Wongs new collection.
Last but not least my Thyme and Rocket seeds to try from http://www.allotinabox.com/grow-your-own/ who sent me a great set including the name tags, seeds and a planting wheel to help me : )
Overall, I am very excited about testing this varied combination of seeds out-will keep you posted on which work best and how they get on growing and when we transfer some of them outside whilst others will be just as suited to the windowsill, wish us luck growing!
Katy : )
Great selection of seeds
Tri-Pegs to use with the Envirofleece
Envirofleece-protective in winter/frosts
Trying the paper potter
Pressing the middle down
Finished bottom view!
Finished pot ready!
I got a lovely big package arrive from Thompson and Morgan filled with gardening, allotment and veg patch goodies!
Thompson and Morgan have been established since 1855 providing home gardeners with mail order seeds and gardening supplies. They have over 150 years of horticultural knowledge and expertise. Thompson and Morgan first started back in 1855 in Ipswich in Suffolk. Go to http://www.thompson-morgan.com/ to read their interesting history. From the first seed catalogue being produced things have expanded-now you can get anything from bulbs to fruit trees or even seed potatoes.
Thompson and Morgan have a great blog with interesting articles and posts including tips and information for beginner gardeners and growers. Thompson and Morgan also have a series of links for special collections-RHS seeds, Kew Garden collection and the Alan Titchmarsh Range.
Inside my particular parcel was a paper potter (photos above show it in action!), Envirofleece with tri-pegs and a vast selection of their seeds to try out over the next coming months.
The Envirofleece can be used to help protect your veg patch from hard frost and give plants a helping hand to grow stronger and faster. The Tri-pegs assist in anchoring down the fleece in the required position. The fleece provides all year round protection for seedlings and plants as needed by the gardener. I am looking forward to using this with my early spring veg outside in the coming months to give them assistance in this tough weather we are having!
The Paper Potter is used to make small free pots for your seedlings. Its a great way of using up old newspaper and having biodegradable pots which can go straight into the soil to be planted after they have grown. As you can see from the pictures above I have been having a good practice with mine and prepared a lot of paper pots to use to straight off some of our seeds inside in the warmth before transferring them outside to the plot.
The seed selection sent by Thompson and Morgan is a grand variety and includes all the staples that a kitchen garden or any budding allotmenteer should have. Seeds ranging from peppers, courgettes, carrots through to peas and cherry tomatoes! I can’t wait to get started with planting all of these lovely seeds! We are planning the allotment as we speak-what goes where etc. All in all I am very excited about using these products and they come with great instructions and further details provided with them.
If you would to take a gander at their site to have a look for some seeds, garden supplies or allotment information books here is the link: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/