Mid May

This week we have been direct sowing many vegetables outside including carrots , Parsnips, beets, lettuce, peas, runner beans. Most of the courgettes and squash are now “hardened off” and  have been planted out into the raised beds both at work and in the home garden. In an attempt to stretch the seed packets  particularly carrots a little further we are carefully spacing them a few every inch  using folded paper and a pencil.

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Below is an example of the three sisters planting a courgette as ground cover with sweet corn growing above this at 300-400mm spacings. When the corn is a little taller the peas will be sown. 

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Here we have prepared an area and planted out pumpkins and courgettes at 1 metre spacings approx as ground cover with runner beans trained up the 10 foot poles overhead. In the foreground the overwintering garlic

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A strip of environet used to protect a range of brassicas.This is held down with timber for easy removal and weeding.

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The runner beans scarlet emperor planted one to a cane at 6-9 inch spacings. Other bean varieties planted such as lazy housewife and Siberian pole from brown envelope.

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The onions sets

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The onion patch

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The potted strawberries in the green house are now in full production.

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The peas in the tunnel are on their way.

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Tomatoes and Aubergine planted with support wires  and cane using sunken pots for deep watering.

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Some squash in the tunnel

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With the daytime temperatures starting to rise to nearly 20 degrees the trays in the tunnel can get a little dry. Here I’m using news paper to conserve moisture removing once germinated. The strawberries provide a little shade also.

 

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Grapes on the vine. 

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Courgette with calendula, borage, lettuce and sunflower

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Strawberries

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The main wave of transplanting is now finished but there is still a steady flow of seedlings

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An Elder overstory with rasberry , comfrey and strawberry

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Finally got the leaky hose installed, held down with coat hangers. The hose is connected to an I.b.c. for drip irrigation. Where it crosses the path some strawberries in pots will catch the drips.

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The tunnel is now planted up.

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A jerusalem Artichoke against the fence.

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The hazel is starting to take off this year.

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Some snap dragons

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The broad beans are now almost big enough to start harvesting.

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