Grow Your Own ~Update May.

This time of year is always busy, the veggie seeds have now grown from the seed trays and been hardened off outdoors.. Most have now been planted into the allotments.  Below is the Picture Progress of what has been planted in recent weeks.

The Bugs that eat Pea Plants can be found Here 

Sowing Peas, make a small drill hole and drop dried pea seed in. cover and water.

Sowing Peas, make a small drill hole and drop dried pea seed in. cover and water.

Now these peas were rescued by me as these were the only ones from a full row of many that came through. So I transplanted into one place, some are sadder looking than others as they have been nibbled by beetles.. But they will survive... We have another long row recently planted.

Now these peas were rescued by me as these were the only ones from a full row of many that came through. So I transplanted into one place, some are sadder looking than others as they have been nibbled by beetles.. But they will survive… We have another long row recently planted.

Kidney Beans, grown in the green house then transplanted out.. Beans are very susceptible to Frosts  so should only be planted out or sown so they come through the grown late may when threat of frosts have gone.

Kidney Beans, grown in the green house then transplanted out.. Beans are very susceptible to Frosts so should only be planted out or sown so they come through the ground  late may when threat of frosts have gone. Seeds should be planted in the ground not before the 13th May to avoid frosts

 

Making use of an old swing frame to tie the bean sticks to.

Making use of an old swing frame to tie the bean sticks to.

Parsnips, Beetroot, onions and shallots.  The two lines are where I planted swedes .

Parsnips, Beetroot, onions and shallots. The two lines are where I planted swedes .

Both early and late crops doing well. Fingers crossed, as we had potato blight last year.

Both early and late crops doing well. Fingers crossed, as we had potato blight last year.

Brassica Family  Brussels sprout  , Red, and Curly Kale  under nets to stop the pigeons and white cabbage butterfly from laying eggs.

Brassica Family Brussels sprout , and Curly Kale under nets to stop the pigeons and white cabbage butterfly from laying eggs.

Cauliflower and Broccoli are under netting so as the butterflies white cabbage fly will not lay their eggs..

Cauliflower and Broccoli are under netting so as the butterflies white cabbage fly will not lay their eggs.. We do not use any pesticides

Lettuce, There  was also some spring onions Hubby set here, but I forgot and hoed them up :-( so will have to plant some more..  :-)

Lettuce, There was also some spring onions Hubby set here, but I forgot and hoed them up 😦 so will have to plant some more.. 🙂 Even I make mistakes LOL

Sweet corn at the far end  and Chard and Kale under the other two large green cloches

Sweet corn at the far end and Chard and Kale under the other two large green cloches The grids over the brassica family are to stop the pigeons eating the young leaves, There is a lot of wood pigeon near by who are busy feeding young. Who are partial to a few veggies!

Below now are the flower beds.. This year I wanted to have more cut flowers so below are the beds we planted Dahlia, I also planted Sweet Williams, and Calendula.. We already have lots of self set seeds of Marigolds growing which I will transplant around the veggies as they get bigger. Marigolds are easy to grow and they help keep  away aphids. “The relationship between plants and insects is known as ‘companion planting.’  it’s by far the safest, natural way to garden organically.” 

Dahlias  starting to come through we over wintered some and bought some new tuba's this year.. I wanted more for cut flowers this year,

Dahlias starting to come through we over wintered some and bought some new tuba’s this year.. I wanted more for cut flowers this year, Those things sticking up are just to hold a piece of plastic over them while we had threats of frost.

In the foreground is the flowers seeds in the small box, then the other 3 have strawberries with Gladioli behind them .

In the foreground is the flowers seeds in the small box, then the other 3 have strawberries with Gladioli behind them  just poking through.

Gladioli starting to shoot where the canes are. Always wise to cover low canes with a can or empty carton. its so easy to bend down and not see the cane and poke your eye.. So please be aware especially if you have youngsters around your garden too.

Gladioli starting to shoot where the canes are. Always wise to cover low canes with a can or empty carton. its so easy to bend down and not see the cane and poke your eye.. So please be aware especially if you have youngsters around your garden too.

Lupins in the allotments grown from seed last year.

Lupins in the allotments grown from seed last year.

The small ones are Butternut squash the three larger ones are courgettes ..

The small ones are Butter-nut squash the three larger ones are courgettes .. This was compost heap of several years which hubby flattened and straightened to make more planting room.

The Logan Berries are in full flower so looks like we shall have lots of fruit if we get to them before the birds.. But we will net them later on after the flowers have set after the bees and insects have done their work.

The Logan Berries are in full flower so looks like we shall have lots of fruit if we get to them before the birds.. But we will net them later on after the flowers have set after the bees and insects have done their work.

Red Currents starting to form. the bush is laden .

Red Currents starting to form. the bush is laden .

 And there you have it.. Our Update for May..

How is your Garden Growing? 

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23 thoughts on “Grow Your Own ~Update May.

  1. Oh Sue I love this; it’s so organized and tidy, and the sequence of the images helps me visualize it a lot better. I thank you for this. And I love the equipment (the cloches and nets). I’m busy with my ornamentals; we have a drought here right now, so I’m even busier hosing plants!

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    • Maria, I so loved that you are enjoying the development of the allotment, each year I post updates usually on my main blog, but I am quickly filling up my space with photo’s so thought to separate the two…. So pleased you enjoyed your visit 🙂

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  2. Absolutely beautiful Sue, everything organized and in rows, you would have been great in the Army, nothing out of place and everything bright eyed and bushy tailed.
    I gave up years ago of trying to grow seedlings, I notice your soil is beautifully dark and appears to be nutritious, our soil here is sandy and bland, we have to add nutrients all the time.
    Cheers

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    • So pleased you had time for a walk around the allotments Ian..
      The soil here is pretty good.. although just a mile down the road its very sandy… We were all under water at one time.. and still find round large pebbles in the garden.. 🙂 But its had years of added compost which has enriched it.. 🙂
      Learning which plants add nutrients too help it along..
      If you take a look at the link Companion Planting.. you can see what goes with what and how each plant can help each other.. Its very interesting when you get to see how nature really does help each other when allowed to 🙂

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      • Thanks Sue, I do remember having beautiful acres of rich soil like yours years ago, in a past life, everything grew, no matter what, I worked at a dairy farm, my soil was built around cow manure, everything grew and twice the size. Alas circumstances change and now I operate two small above ground gardens in our rented home, we enjoy the garden and do get certain vegetables each season, but size doesn’t always allow for our imagination to flourish. Your allotment is a pleasure for me to enjoy, thank you Sue.

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    • Thank you LG.. so pleased to have you walk in my garden.. 🙂 That is the exciting part of moving into somewhere new.. finding out what is growing can take a few seasons.. 🙂 and all is magical when each season brings forth yet more surprises .. I am sure what ever they are you will enjoy their yield.. Hugs Sue xxx

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  3. Thanks Sue. I am very excited! We have a lovely wildlife community too! A nosy pair of robins hop about as wrens and finches enjoy the old trees. Bees love the expanse of borage which I love, as it has such beautiful tiny blue flowers. Bats swoop about at nightime and the sky looks much clearer. I hope you’ve enjoyed your garden this evening. :-):-)

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    • Sounds an Ideal place to be LG… Bats too a wonderful bonus.. The garden we spent all morning in yesterday before the high winds and rain.. which lashed down.. Heavy Gusts lots of debris of leaves and small branches upon our roads.. but all is well in the garden.. ;)….. xxx

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  4. Loved the allotment tour, Sue and the handy hints and tips. My veg pots are finally beginning to flourish, after the weird weather we had in May ~ let’s hope we both get good crops of organic, home grown veggies and colourful flowers! 🙂

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    • Yes lets hope so too Jacqueline.. 🙂 June has started sunny and windy.. I hope May was not the trend weather for Summer.. But yes each day is changeable from very warm to very cool. 🙂 Our sweetcorn are not liking it and looking on the yellow side.. but lets hope they perk right back up.. xxx Enjoy your weekend, and lovely that you dropped by.. Great to see you here. x Sue

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  5. I can only dream in your garden Sue, everything in place and growing on queue.
    I don’t think you have too many problems Sue, you counter attack every potential problem before it enters.
    Once upon a time I had a garden like that, lots of cow manure dried out from the dairy I worked for.
    The garden was a world I lost myself in.
    Cheers.

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