It’s been a mixed bag here since the last update from Golightly Gardens. One thing I’ve noticed is that the general garden tasks of slug protection, checking for pests, weeding and feeding have been very necessary this week.
I’ve managed to sow a few extra basil and coriander seeds around my tomato plants, to extend the growing season for these herbs. Their earlier counterparts weren’t growing as strongly as I’d hoped, so perhaps this next batch will do better. I’ve also done a few more sequential sowings of salad veggies such as lettuce, spring onions and radishes.
Tom, tom, tom, tom, toooomm
The tomatoes are doing fairly well, although some are clearly going to take longer to mature than others. The cordon tomatoes are OK, and their side shoots are now needing pinching out, although none of them have more than two trusses growing yet. There is still time, but I’d like them to get a move on before blight season is upon us.
A few tomato plants have some yellowy leaves, so I’ve given them a little general-purpose feed and am keeping my fingers crossed. I’ve also seen tiny mushrooms sprouting up on a couple of the pots, which I’ve been removing as they appear, and suspect that this isn’t a good sign. Will wait and see.
None of my spring onions sown this year are doing much. This seems to be regardless of location, soil or compost, or amount of feeding, or even type of spring onion, so I suppose it’s been the weather conditions. Maybe they’ll rally later on. Who knows?
Shady goings on
All the brassica seedlings I planted out earlier this month are doing well, and the shady spot is looking particularly good. It’s holding leaf beet, Swiss chard, and red, pointed and round cabbage at the moment, plus some catch crop radishes in between the main plants, all looking nice and healthy under their veggiemesh protection.
The first batch of rocket went crazy very quickly, and then bolted and flowered, so I’ve pulled most of that up and used it. There’s also a little bit of the original patch left over to have in salads while I wait for the slower-growing second sowing to properly start thriving.
Curses, foiled again?
My plans to prevent a total hungry gap in the late winter have had mixed success. I have 12 dwarf kale plants growing really happily, planted sequentially so they don’t all mature at once. Unfortunately a snail has been at my Brussels, so I’m not sure if those are going to make it, and the sprouting broccoli I recently sowed into modules doesn’t seem to have germinated. The Musselburgh leeks are doing OK though, some in the ground and some in pots.
The aphids that appeared earlier this month were reduced with a couple of quick evening sprayings of very dilute orgainic washing up liquid solution, but they’re back, so I’m making garlic water this week. I’ll write about it in more detail if it works – and I also hear it scares off slugs and snails so I’ll try it on some of the brassicas too.
Peas in the city, peas in your soil
I’ve grown a couple of buckets of Kelvedon Wonder peas this year, and these got off to a really bad start with the hail and the frosts, but the first sowings have now matured and I’ve cropped a few. It’s impossible to be self-sufficient in peas in a garden this size, but we just have them straight off the plant as a treat.
The first sowings of Sugar Snap peas are almost ready too, and I’m looking forward to getting some of those into a stir fry – these are a better use of space in a small garden, as you get a lot more crop per square metre.
Always keep a spare
My extra seedlings and modules have mostly gone to good homes now, but I have one or two kept in a quiet corner in case we need stunt doubles. Having said that, there’s also one last empty spot in this garden where there’s just enough space to plant a couple of them under cloches, so I might do that when I have a spare moment at the weekend.
This has been the first year I’ve properly grown plants in modules, and by and large it has been very successful. It saves time getting veggies established, and seems to make the space a fair bit more productive. I’ll be keeping this up in the late summer and autumn too, I think, because the results have been good.
How’s your garden growing? Is anything having a growth spurt?