2nd June, 2009

It's been a busy time. I have been freeing up space in the greenhouse so that the plants can be set up in their final positions with the automatic watering system rigged up. So first up I planted out the runner beans and Borlotti beans. They will grow up wigwams. I will have to water them well as I didn't add any compost to the planting holes to allow for their thirsty nature. The hedge behind will also dry the soil out.

Borlotti beans

Runner beans

I discovered that the grape did not survive the winter after all so I decided to grow the spare runner beans up the fence where the grape should have grown.

In the greenhouse, the aubergines, cucumbers, peppers and melons have been potted up into their final pots. They are growing so much better now they are not in the peat free compost I bought from B&Q. I really don't recommend it. It's more like bark chippings.

The cucumbers already have fruit forming.

The tomatoes are yet to go in their final pots only because I didn't have enough compost for them.

The parsnips have germinated well at last after buying fresh seed and sowing direct into loo rolls. I'm not too concerned that I haven't planted them out yet as I don't have the space anyway. They will go where the broad beans have been most likely as these will be harvested first.

With the recent hot weather the louvre vent is working well. Temperatures have reached nearly 40°C in the greenhouse which is about as hot as I'd like it to get.

I have picked about 2kg of the overwintered broad beans already.

I reckon the kohlrabi will be ready soon too (I've sown some more for a second batch)

and the lettuce grown under the domes look ready and are significantly bigger than those without cover.

The turnips are swelling up too

I've planted a lot of sweetcorn. Most are for baby sweetcorn which I haven't grown before and I'm not sure what to expect. I presume they produce lots of small cobs. Well I hope there are lots of cobs rather than a few you get with normal sweetcorn.

The peas are flowering.

I think the coriander is enjoying its partially shady spot.

And I'm looking forward to these figs.

Can anyone confirm that this is comfrey? The leaf in the foreground is a bramble so ignore that and concentrate on the flowers.

It will be great if is of course as I can use it to make a liquid fertiliser.

Finally, I dug up the horseradish to stop it crowding out the redcurrant bush. I peeled and grated it expecting to have my sinuses cleared but it turned out tasteless. Perhaps it needed another hard winter to get the heat into it. I've replanted a bit of the root in a pot and then when it shoots again I will probably give it away.

1 comment:

BilboWaggins said...

Hello Capsid, yes, that definitely looks like comfrey. Looking at the blue/purple flowers then it is Russian Comfrey (that gardening programmes recommend for compost bins, etc). I have masses of the native English Comfrey and that is smaller with creamy white flowers tinged with pink.