Amigo checks the posts
This is Amigo, he is the latest horse to spend some time in the neighbouring paddock. He is very friendly.
Potatoes Early May 15
The potatoes have put on a good growth spurt.
When they were about 6-8″ high I banked the soil up over the leaves.
I decided to sow some Cauliflower seeds in the little bare patch at the end of the row of garlic.
Cauliflower Igloo ‘ trouble free to grow and very productive. This is perfect for growing in small gardens or where space is limited.
Sow into well prepared seed bed drills, thinning seedlings to 2.5cm apart when they have 5 or 6 leaves continue to thin allowing 20cm between plants.
Lavender May 15
I weeded the lavender garden and the plants are already rather large.
Both Rhubarb plants have started to grow. I admit that during February and March I had nearly given up on them both.
I know that I won’t get any sticks of rhubarb this year but I am looking forward to the first rhubarb crumble of 2016!
I imagine that the plant behind the compost heap will produce the best growth.
It has been a good year for Primroses. Not only in Hunts End Garden but also along the hedgerows and over the fields where Max and I walk every morning and evening. The Primroses in the picture above are next to the bottom bridge over the pond.
The blossom tree is looking beautiful now (end of April)
The lawn has had two cuts and I have sown some grass seed to fill the bald patches
The daffodils have finished
The potatoes are starting to grow, but no sign of the parsnips yet
I have had to put up a complete new wire fence to keep Buddy and Jack (Susan’s dogs) from escaping across the paddock. It wasn’t a problem to begin with but when they started returning home smelling of horse manure… and then they decided that exploring the paddock wasn’t enough, and they ventured further.
Although difficult to see, the pictures are before and after.
I planted three rows of potatoes in the veggie patch this weekend. They had been in egg boxes in the dining room since the end of January producing small sprouts. Desiree and Jersey Royals.
I planted them about 25cm apart about 10cm deep. I need to earth up when the shoots are about 20cm above the ground. Hopefully the crop will be ready to harvest June/July
Whilst I was working on the veggie patch I noticed quite a few frogs splashing in the pond. On closer inspection I can see the first few clumps of frogspawn has been laid.
I did some pruning around the large apple tree. Clearing some of the brambles that climb all over the tree and hang down to the ground making mowing the lawn a pain.
I took advantage of the milder weather to dig over the vegetable patch.
I removed several sprouting bulbs which I re-planted together next to the pond and I also removed quite a bit of sprouting cow parsley, trying to make sure that I did not miss any bits of root.
I sowed a row of parsnip seeds. Parsnips are one of my favourite vegetables and so I will be very pleased if these grow and can be harvested, cooked and eaten with a roast dinner.
A shallow drill of parsnip seeds
Two or three seeds at intervals of approx. 15cm in a shallow drill. When the seedlings appear I need to remove all but the strongest. The crop should be ready from September onwards. The flavour improves once parsnips have experienced sub-zero temperatures and so wait until after the first frost.
Onions and garlic March 2015
My onions and garlic seem to be doing okay. I’m not sure how large they should be at this stage but with warmer weather approaching I hope to see a growth spurt soon.
Rhubarb March 2015
You will need to look very closely at the picture to spot it, but I am pleased to report that the rhubarb tuber that I planted behind the compost is at long last starting to show signs of growth. To be honest I had virtually given up hope of it growing at all. The other tuber of rhubarb is still where I planted it and so fingers crossed it may start growing soon too.
Update from the veggie patch.
I counted 18 onion sets growing well and 17 garlic bulbs at various states of growth.
I think that the horses may have been able to reach one end of my row of garlic bulbs.
Edit: I have just been reading my blog back (18th October I planted a full row of 18 onions and only a part row of 18 garlic bulbs) so it appears only one garlic hasn’t made it to the 3 month stage.
Not much activity in the garden during the last 8 weeks, just some clearing of the oak leaves that fall from the avenue of giant oaks that run along the bottom of mine and neighbours gardens. A very wet winter sees the pond and ditch very full.
Shoots from Bluebells and daffodils are pushng up through the lawn and the Aconites are providing a blanket of yellow flowers.
I have a few jobs planned for 2015 including repairs to the bridge over the ditch and sowing grass seed behind the pond and in front of the fence near to the shed.
The onions and garlic are growing well in the vegetable plot. The netting frame that covered the plot was taken into the paddock by the inquisitive horses so I had to re-think. Only low level vegetables can be grown closest to the fence otherwise it will just become free food for my four legged friends. I covered the onions with a poly-tunnel to help protect them against Daphne and the other hens.
Another warm Saturday, especially for the time of year (18 degrees) so a bit more time in Huntsendgarden.
A bit of tidying up. Trimmed the front hedge and cut back the plants against the front of the cottage. Dead headed the Hollyhocks and the Acanthus. In the back garden I trimmed the blackberry runners that were hanging from the cooking apple tree.
The connectors to make the frame for netting the vegetable patch arrived during the week so I constructed a simple frame with bamboo canes and some netting from work. Hopefully it will protect the garlic and onions when they start to sprout from next doors chickens.
This should stop the chickens