Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mushrooms & Onions

I forgot to mention that we bought in some onion and shallot varieties to plant as well as trying out a mushroom kit for the first time. Onions are: Setton & Red Baron. Shallots are: Red Sun & Golden Gourmet.
Looking forward to eating these! :)

First seeds

Broad beans, Turnips and Parsnips are the first seeds to be planted out for 2007. (Well...unless Karl planted something I don't know about?) I've laid out 3 sections for broad beans where the tomatoes were last year. There's still a bit of space left for some more beans...french ones maybe? There were 2 types of bean that I put in: Bunyards Exhibition & Aquadulce Claudia.
Turnips are planned for a nice early crop. I put in some Purple Top White Globe versions and covered them with a poly tunnel to keep them warm. (Many thanks to Kay & John for the tunnel - a Christmas gift.) I've put the tunnel near the front of the plot where we had our poor sprouting runner beans and grass.
Last of all I put in some more parsnips by the greenhouse. Karl had already dug in the mustard plants so the section just needed a bit of a rake over and levelling. I put in 2 types: Giant Parsnip & Hollow Crown.
Can't wait to plant more!!
We will clear the back of the plot...eventually. (Pond put on the back burner for a bit)
I've started to dig up the weeds at the back...getting there...sort of!
This is what the winds did to one of our compost bins a few weeks ago.
Is that can't be....a Purple Sprouting Broccoli? About time!!
Freshly dug and waiting for seeds!

Mustard popped up and ready to be mixed into the soil.
A gardener's joy...a poly tunnel!
Broad bean plantation
Nice and cosy now...
Turnips under cover

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Digging the back of the plot

Sorry I have no photos - I think my camera is completely dead and I forgot my phone! :(

We've been gradually digging through the back of the plot where we had plastic down and we've been pulling up a fair amount of Mare's Tail. It's the only weed I know that if left wet and under exposed to the sun (i.e. under plastic) it looks like a collection of really long slimy worms! YUCK!
Anyways - I started a patch and was really getting into the swing of things until I realised the 6 Nations was on and had to leg it home. (Come can't blame me for that!)

The next day (Sunday) was hell as I realised I was bogged down with a heavy cold. I wasn't going anywhere which really annoyed me! I hate being ill. I was even off work for a day which isn't like me at all!
I can breathe properly now so I'm hoping to finish that patch this weekend if....'s not snowing!! (4 inches this morning and more to come)

Not sure if snow is a good or bad thing?