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.
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 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.
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.
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.. 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.. 🙂 Even I make mistakes LOL
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, 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 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.
Lupins in the allotments grown from seed last year.
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.
Red Currents starting to form. the bush is laden .
And there you have it.. Our Update for May..
How is your Garden Growing?