Biting winds, rain, hail and snow showers, we've never been so thankful for the occasional glimpse of sunshine to provide some respite. Ooh naughty February! Welcome back to our monthly catch up posts where we show you what's growing on in our garden smallholding. The vegetable garden in February still offers fabulous things to eat … Continue reading What’s Growing On In February?
Yesterday I took the plunge and planted out the leek seedlings, they are a first for me so I have no idea how they will do. Leeks are planted out in a slightly different way to other vegetables, I did a bit of swotting up before planting them into their final position. This is how I did it: When your … Continue reading How to Plant Leeks
I bought a year old crown of 'Timperley early rhubarb last year. Once planted I pretty much ignored it, allowing it to establish. Although it is very tempting to harvest new rhubarb plants you shouldn't, otherwise it could weaken the plant. This season my rhubarb is looking very healthy and has tripled in size. I have just taken … Continue reading Rhubarb Harvest
It's amazing how a sunny day sowing seeds can lift your spirit. I have been feeling very low since losing Lizzie on Saturday so I dragged myself outside armed with seed packets yesterday and got sowing. I planted up a bed with a few rows of Nantes and Thompson & Morgan Purple Haze carrots, (first time … Continue reading A Sunny Day of Sowing
Now is a good time to start putting your choice of climbing support in place for your peas and beans before planting your seedlings out or sowing directly into the ground. Last year my attempt at supporting my rather rampant mangetout was quite frankly pathetic. The whole shoddy structure of poles, sticks, chicken wire and string ended up … Continue reading Beans, Peas and Poles
Psssst. Can I come back? The weekend was wonderful. I spent so much of my time in the vegetable garden sowing, weeding, planting and constructing support frames for peas & beans. Heaven. I started to think back over the past year - about how much the garden had changed and all the hard graft we put in. I'm starting to feel … Continue reading Change of Heart and Birthday Hens