Sunday, 22 April 2018

Herbs 1

Lovage, Levisticum officinalis

Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis

Parsley 'Lisette'

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis is already flowering. 

Chives, oregano and thyme in the centre of the vegetable garden.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Vegetable Garden

I worked in the vegetable garden from seven to twelve o'clock. It looked like rain, but it wasn't falling down. It was pretty fresh too, but I love the colder weather when I need to go digging. I managed to tidy up all my vegetable beds.

It would be nice if we could have some rain in the afternoon. Let's see. I picked up the last of Swiss chard and leeks. I already cooked the Swiss chard for lunch today. 

I still have the lettuce that successfully survived the winter. Now I need to sow the vegetables and spread the straw mulch over the beds. The soil has the much better structure under the cover, and it keeps the moisture which is especially important during the hot summer weather.

I picked up the first asparagus this year. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

In the Garden Again

I came home on Fryday and went to the garden the very next day. Lots of jobs to do but I could not wait to get dirty fingers. Liatris. Four weeks ago, I have bought 50 corms of Liatris and did not have the bed prepared to plant them so, I put them in the pots.They are all out now. And the bed is still not prepared! Well, I have lots of digging to do anyway.

I prepared the bed yesterday for sowing the swiss chard and beetroot tomorrow.

Tomatoes. They will be soon ready to transplant into the bigger pots.

The salad sown in Autumn is now ready to be picked up.

I picked up the first asparagus today.

Prunus 'Royal Burgundy' will be soon in fool bloom. Love its double pink flowers and dark red foliage.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sowing Tomatoes

These are the varieties of tomatoes I have just sown in the modules. The air temperature of - 3°C and the cold sleet prevented me to do it outside but, never mind. This year I used Mr Fothergill's and T&M seeds.

This is the list of varieties:
'Garden Pearl'
'Golden Sunrise'
'San Marzano'
'Black Russian'

As the weather conditions were unfavourable to do the job outside, I prepared the modules the day before sowing. I put them into the house to warm up the sowing substrate. The seeds were soaked in the chamomile tea for 12 hours.

I put them in the veranda on the southern side of the house where they receive enough light and warmth to grow.

I also have sown hot pepper 'Cayennetta', pepper 'Grill Red', chilli 'Jalapeno' and aubergine 'Patio Mix'.

Monday, 12 March 2018

The New Compost Boxes

Recently, I got some pallets and decided to make compost boxes. The ten of them is right enough to make a line of three.

The idea is to fill the box 1 in the first season. The middle box is used for collecting and storing excess material. As the material in box 1 shrinks, refill it from box 2. The next year, fill the box 3 and use compost from the box 1. This way I don't have to turn the heaps, but only wait for compost to be ready. 

So far, I made the two of the boxes. The old one, as seen in the photo, still contains some of the compost. I need to sift it and spread on the beds in the vegetable garden. It started to rain and I haven't finished the job.  
The black plastic container which I got from our council (free) is used only as the storage for leaves. It is an important source of so-called 'brown material' which is usually in short supply when making the right compost mixture.
I also have two compost boxes made of wire mesh with wooden studs in the corners.