Six on Saturday 20th April

I won’t be able to do a Six on Saturday definitely for the next two Saturdays so I thought I’d better knuckle down and do one today. Next Saturday we’ll be on a plane on our way to Orlando (whoop) and the Saturday after we’ll be on a plane back (not so whoop!)

There’s so much going on in the garden at the moment that it’s hard to narrow it down to just six things but I’ll do my best to stick to the rules (see the Propagator’s page for these).

I’ll start at the beginning – sowing! I’ve done quite a bit, there’s a real ‘Good Life’ feel going on. Some of you may remember that I was given a Funky Veg kit and a Chilli and Spice kit for Christmas. I decided the time was right to sow these seeds.

The Funky Veg came with little compost discs that I had to put in water to expand.

There was peat in the compost discs which I would normally avoid for environmental reasons. I ummed and ahed about it, but then figured it would be more of a crime to waste it now it’s been harvested than to use it. The Chilli and Spice kit came with a little bag of compost so I sent a happy hour or so in my greenhouse potting everything up.

Hopefully soon I’ll have little seedlings of Purple Carrots, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Stripy Tomatoes, Yellow Courgettes, Red Brussel Sprouts, Cumin and Coriander and I suspect somewhat later the Chillis – Habanero, Jalapeño and Cayenne. The Chillis and Spices are currently inside next to the radiator (in a propagator so feline teeth can’t get to them!) although I may move them to the greenhouse over this weekend because it was 29.9° in there yesterday according to the thermometer, which it certainly isn’t inside.

I also sowed my veg seeds directly into my new raised bed.

I made a plea on Facebook a while ago for people’s used lolly sticks so I don’t have to buy plastic labels and here they are put to good use. I’ve sowed Carrot Nantes 5, Onion Red Baron, Leek Musselburgh and Pea (Petit Pois) Calibra.

We have a lot of wildlife in our garden, which I love, but when the bed was empty either next door’s cats or the local foxes had used it as a giant litter tray, so I’ve netted it  to allow the seeds to (hopefully, fingers crossed) germinate undisturbed.

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You can see a slight glimpse of the potato bags on the end there too. All three are now sprouting and I need to go and put more compost on the top.

Next up are the seeds that I showed a few weeks ago in the greenhouse. With the exception of the Aquilegia which have done nothing (yet?) they’re all doing well.

Starting top left and working clockwise we have Sweet Peas, Sunflowers, Calendula and Cosmos. I’ve already pinched the middles out of the Sweet Peas to encourage them to grow side shoots for more flowers.

I’m not actually a hundred percent sure where I’m going to plant everything! I have over forty of both Sweet Peas and Cosmos and ten Sunflowers! I have plenty of space, but a lot of it isn’t ready yet! I’ll have to get planning, and quickly because I think they’re not far off ready to start hardening off to go out.

I guess next in the cycle are new shoots, so number four is my Giant Allium.

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I took this photo yesterday (Friday) and you can see the shoot on the left. I swear there wasn’t even a hint of growth on Thursday. I’ve been looking a lot wondering if I made a mistake putting Tulips, Snowdrops and Giant Alliums all in one container (with Cyclamen and Heather on top) because I only got one Snowdrop flower, the Tulips are being really slow and haven’t opened yet and, at previous time of looking, the Giant Alliums had thrown up A LOT of big leaves with no sign of a flower. I haven’t been out yet today, but when I do I’ll see if the other one’s grown a shoot overnight!

More new shoots, and very happy ones, on my Eupatorium. I reported a few weeks ago that the first shoots had just emerged which made me really happy because I was so worried that it hadn’t made it through the Winter, and it’s going from strength to strength.

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Look at that! Discernible leaves! And with their trade mark hint of purple. Nature’s fab!

On to my wheelbarrow. I’ve planted it up again, this year I’ve gone for Ranunculus and Primroses. The Primroses were seventy five percent off, just because one plant in each trio was past its best. I’ve tidied each one up and they look lovely now. Such a splash of colour.

I got my new leaf blower out too and did my Ghostbusters thing and cleared the bistro of leaves. Then I went round and pulled up the few weeds that had forced their way through the weed control. It’s all looking pretty good now and ready to enjoy the Summer.

Let’s talk Wild Flower for my final point. This has now been identified for me by Tony Tomeo as Lunaria, also known as Honesty. Given that it started last Summer as a couple of unidentified leaves, it’s done amazingly well.

As you can see on the right, I’ve iMeasured it and it’s just over a metre tall at its tallest part! Wow!

So, there you go. Six for today. I’m really excited about our holiday (I’m almost down to counting down in hours rather than weeks or days!) and I have a feeling the holiday blues on our return will be eased by the changes in the garden. I should be able to plant out my Sweet Peas and Cosmos, hopefully all my veg will be showing signs of life, the Eupatorium should be well on its way to lofty gloriousness and, if yesterday’s progress is anything to go by, the Giant Alliums should be approaching total world domination, you may even be able to see them from space!

 

 

 

 

J

8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 20th April

  1. abbeyj23 173003 SatEurope/London2019-04-20T15:10:55+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 20 Apr 2019 15:10:55 +0100 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Loveeee the wheelbarrow planter, looks amazing. And the funky vege kit is so cute! I grew rainbow carrots last year but only got orange, yellow and white. No purple!

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    • greengirlgardener 173003 SatEurope/London2019-04-20T15:49:05+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 20 Apr 2019 15:49:05 +0100 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks! I got the wheelbarrow free on frecycle and spray painted it! My red brussel sprouts are starting to germinate, but nothing else yet. Fingers crossed! 😁

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      • abbeyj23 173008 SunEurope/London2019-04-21T08:17:57+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 21 Apr 2019 08:17:57 +0100 2017 / 8:17 am

        I’ve wanted to try growing brussel sprouts! Red ones would be especially fun. My fingers are crossed for you 🥰

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  2. gingerninjacrafts 173007 SatEurope/London2019-04-20T19:40:06+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 20 Apr 2019 19:40:06 +0100 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Oo love the funky veg, that will be really interesting to see what you grow. Have a wonderful holiday x

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  3. tonytomeo 173003 MonEurope/London2019-04-22T03:45:07+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonMon, 22 Apr 2019 03:45:07 +0100 2017 / 3:45 am

    Now it looks a bit more like honesty. It was a bit dense last time. Ours blooming now, so I must watch if for seed. I am not familiar with it, so I do not know how quickly it tosses seed. I figured that if someone else was out there collecting them (to toss where the plants are now) then I can do it too.

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  4. cavershamjj 173006 MonEurope/London2019-04-22T18:39:30+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonMon, 22 Apr 2019 18:39:30 +0100 2017 / 6:39 pm

    “I’m not 100% sure where I’m going to plant everything…”. Oh, I hear you, loud and clear, same here…

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  5. Sophie 173005 TueEurope/London2019-04-23T17:34:13+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonTue, 23 Apr 2019 17:34:13 +0100 2017 / 5:34 pm

    All your lovely seedlings are looking Great!
    I have over 100 cosmos seedlings but I’m planning on selling half at the school fete with money going to charity although I’m now feeling rather protective of them……..😱
    Hope you enjoyed Florida.

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    • greengirlgardener 173006 TueEurope/London2019-04-23T18:21:36+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonTue, 23 Apr 2019 18:21:36 +0100 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Oh that’s a fab idea! I’m sure I could find a school or church fete to donate some to. Florida in four days – I was absolutely useless at work today, too excited!! 😁

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