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Wednesday 26 May, 2004

by Dan at 11:08pm in Growing 2 comments Add your own

We've been on holiday the past 2 weeks which explains the lack of entries here (counter-intuitive I know, but we've been busy!). The veg garden has had a good bit of attention, this week I've planted out leeks, sweetcorn, beetroot, sprouting brocolli, 3 varieties of cabbage and a couple of courgette plants. The brassicas are under fleece this year for the first time. In previous years they've been ruined by aphids, so we're going for the barrier method this time around to see if we can defeat them.

Early spuds are well up, the mains showing well too. The Douce Provence early peas are flowering, but are a little stunted with the effects of the damned weevils. Next year it's raised beds all round for the peas. I'm late sowing runner beans, fennel and mangels (for Smokey and the pigs) but all will go in tomorrow.

Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines are doing well in the greenhouse, and the lettuces and spring onions continue to be a source of fresh food from the garden for us. The soft fruit bed looks fantastic this year, with raspberries and strawberries both covered in flowers, the blackcurrants heavy with fruit and the gooseberries almost sawfly free. The only slight disappointment is the blackberry which has much less growth than it did last year at this time. I think it's being shaded by one of the blackcurrant bushes, so that one will be hoiked out next year to give the blackberry a bit more light.

At the moment it looks like being a reasonable year for the productive garden - as ever next year will be better!

Comments

T. Carter

Thursday 27 May, 2004 at 1:49am

You know, I am so jealous of you guys. I wish we had room/time/ability to produce even half of what y'all do.

Dan

Thursday 27 May, 2004 at 11:32pm

We know we're lucky! The room is a happy accident, the time vacation (not everyone's first choice, but the weather has been exceptional here), any ability we have came from books and lots of mistakes. Added to that you've got your own special product to look forward to, worth more than all the fruit and veg anyone could grow...

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