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woohooo…has summer finally arrived.

And I’m feeling allllrightttt…

…the sun is out and the temperature is raising…..and I’m standing outside of the greenhouse. ¬†How great is that. ūüėÄ ¬†So, what’s been happening at the photographer’s garden, well…

DSC_1540The tomatoes have finally moved to their final positions in the greenhouse.

DSC_1541This is the happiest of all the trays of beetroot. The rest are in a mood because I’ve pricked them out to late – beetroot hate having their roots disturbed.

DSC_1542The parsnips are doing fab – trying to keep the temps down as growth will stop – veg seedlings don’t like extreme temps.

DSC_1543Looks like I’m going to have a glut of Lettuce – I do the same thing every year. However, I’ve a great little soup recipe – Green Herb Soup. My boss would make this for the guests, when I use to lived at the Lakes, it’s fab !

I’ll post the recipe later though. ūüôā

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LOL my only Cauliflower seedling to germinate, well I did chance an old packet of seeds, Clapton this variety. Notoriously difficult to grow, this variety is surprisingly¬†easy. Erm yeh, think I’ll buy a fresh packet next year.

DSC_1545Basil. ¬†It’ll be growing alongside the tomatoes in the greenhouse, as it doesn’t grow very well outside…just goes all black and withers – just too cold.

DSC_1546Mini-pop (baby corn) on the left and Sweetcorn on the right. Both planted differently – Mini-pop in single rows 20ins apart. Sweetcorn in blocks of four 16ins each way. Never had a bad crop yet !

DSC_1548Squash, planting these alongside my pumpkins for Halloween.

DSC_1550Giant Sunflowers, well, not at the moment. Soon, I hope…

DSC_1552Busy Lizzies, sowed them quite late really but it doesn’t matter. Should be ready for the hanging baskets by the end of June if I prick them out now.

DSC_1553I don’t tend to grow broccoli but thought, what the hell give it another go.

DSC_1554Ha, my cucumber plant, La Diva. These are murder for getting powdery mildew but if you catch it early…spray the leaves with diluted milk and water and this does help to reduce the damage. lol Anno milk and water, seriously this does work. One solution is to UP the humidity – the blue tray will be filled with water ¬†to keep the immediate area around the plants, as humid as possible. Lets see what happens !!

DSC_1555I’ll have a P please bob….yes, you can’t have an allotment without a wigwam of peas. The trouble is, the pea moth loves them too. Fleece may be the answer.

DSC_1556I can’t wait for these to ripen. Bought these strawberry plants from a nursery down south – on the left a variety called Vibrant and on the right Marshmello. One thing is for sure, I’ve never seen plants so big, the flowers are massive. ūüôā ūüôā

DSC_1557Potatoes !! Main crop – Rooster, nice spuds and versatile.

DSC_1558More potatoes !! haha. First earlies – Anya, love these…nice nutty flavor great with salads.

DSC_1559Peppers, going to pot these on tomorrow. They’re not happy because their roots are too hot.

DSC_1560A mates baskets – filled with bacopa, million bells and surfina. Think I only planted them up 2 weeks ago, already they’ve doubled in size. ūüôā ¬† ¬†Fantastic !!

So that just leaves the rest of the weeding to finish off….oh man. hehe

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Today, I was on a mission. And the mission; to plant out the pumpkins.

Every day this week they’ve screamed at me, “plant me plant me,”¬†as I’ve walked past the coldframe¬†in which they’ve sat. “I will I will,” I’ve cried back in an apologetic¬†manner. And nooooo, I haven’t gone insane, I really did hear them say this. Haha.

In fact, everything in the coldframes¬†needs planting out in their final spaces. I think this year has been very testing, with all this rain lately, getting out into the garden has been very difficult. However, the weeds are loving it and I’ve noticed they are starting to develop a right little attitude, much to my annoyance.¬† I haven’t said anything out loud, but between you and me, they’re next on my hit list.¬†Mwa ha ha. Now where was I, oh aye…..¬†¬†Today thankfully, the sky above stayed overcast long enough for me to complete this mission, of which, there are many.

For anyone planting pumpkins for the first time, here’s a step by step – it’s never failed me yet.

1. Dig a hole – a spade deep as wide.

2. Fill the hole with plenty of compost – here I’ve used my own homemade-compost but shop bought is as good, for those who are feeling the money.
3. It took 2 florist sized buckets to fill. Pumpkins are very greedy and need plenty of rich organic matter Рdo not skimp at this stage.

Homemade-compost. Perfection, if I do say so myself.

4. Time to pop in the plant. Stop !! Check plant for any yellow or damaged leaves and remove them. Plant it slightly deeper then when, it was in its pot. They often send out roots higher up on the stem.

5. Back fill over the compost with the garden soil that came out of the hole, and sprinkle 2 handfuls of fertilizer around the plant. Water in.

6. Step back and admire your hard work. This variety is called Jack O’ Lantern and usually grows to¬†a size slightly bigger¬†than¬†a football – perfect for carving. Also, these¬†need a spacing of no less than a metre each way. I know what your thinking, don’t do it, I have in the past – and it was a nightmare !!

7. And finally; one I carved out last Halloween !

Stay tuned, for further updates about pumpkin growing throughout the season. There’s more!!
Thankyou.