Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pricklng Out Tomatoes

I am quite satisfied, my tomatoes germinated very well. They have developed the first true leaves, and it was time to prickle them out. I sowed them in late March, eight varieties.

I have three cherry varieties, 'Garden Pearl', 'Red Cherry', and 'Supersweet'. The others are 'Super Marmande', 'Black Russian', 'Tigerella', 'Golden Sunset', and 'San Marzano'.

I am going to plant them out in two or three weeks. It is already pretty warm, but I am afraid of the frost that is still possible even in May. So it was last year when the frost in May killed all of my pumpkins, cucumbers and courgettes and I had to sow them again. 

These are the seedlings of the winter squash 'Autumn Crown'. The pumpkins and courgettes germinated quite quickly because of the warm days.  
 Lately, the air temperatures reached up to 29°C. I will leave them too in the pots until mid - May or so. I won't be risking losing the plants again because of the frost.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Sowing the French Beans

This year I made sturdy and firm trellises for climbing and french beans. Some years ago, the whole structure similar to this one, fell on the side under the weight of plants. I dug the side poles about 40 cm into the ground. I hope they'll be able to hold the rest of the structure on the place.
I have just sown the French Beans 'Blauhilde' here. It is a variety with long, purple pods. They stay tender and stringless. This is the German heirloom variety known to be resistant to the mosaic virus, too.

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.