Bizarre Tomatoes – Claire’s Allotment Part 256

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How Are My Herbs Getting On? – Claire’s Allotment Part 255

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Potting-Up My Tomatillos – Claire’s Allotment Part 254

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How Are My Nasturtiums Getting On? – Claire’s Allotment Part 253

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Building my salad bed with Wood Blocx – Claire’s Allotment Part 252

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Monday 25th May 2015 – Now that’s the way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday.

First thing this morning I popped off to Homebase to purchase some charcoal for our BBQ this afternoon. It’s our first one of the year. As I’m writing this blog the coals are warming up and give it 30 minutes or so and I should be able to start cooking. Can someone answer the following question for me please? Why is it that when people go into a car park, they panic, and then try to park in the first spot they find? In our Homebase, if you go down the end of the car park and round the corner there are loads of space!! A massive queue trailed out to the road and to the roundabout. Fortunately I came in from the other direction so didn’t get caught in the queue on the road. That’s my moan over for the day. When I got home, I popped in the greenhouse just for a quickie, to sow a few more seeds. Now I’ve sown some purple Cauliflowers called “Graffiti” and these are doing really well. Give them another 4 weeks and hopefully they’ll be ready, but I’ve also got another variety “Romanesco natalino” and these are green!! They are very pretty and I’ll keep you updated on their progress. I also sowed some Rocket “Dragon’s Tongue”. Sow little and often because you’ll never be able to eat it all. It’ll go to seed really quickly and then you’ll loose it. Don’t be in a hurry to sow it either, because if it’s not warm enough it won’t germinate. And finally some Cucumber seeds that I got from Spain. They’re for outside growing, but then Spain is hotter than the UK, so I may try some outside and some in the greenhouse. You have to peel the skins before you eat them, but that’s not difficult. What did surprise me was the seeds are bright green!

Bright green Spanish Cucumber seeds!!

Bright green Spanish Cucumber seeds!!

Must go now as the BBQ is ready for some food. Have a great Bank Holiday whatever you’re doing.

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Sunday 24th May 2015 – I’m celebrating with a glass of wine….or two!

To be honest, I’ll celebrate anything with a glass of wine, however small the achievement. I’ve not got a drinking problem just incase you’re wondering! But this afternoon I was very pleased with what I managed to accomplish. Firstly in the greenhouse I managed the following: I potted up another load of Chives, which I put small clumps in 3 inch pots. I did 15 pots, so that’s lots of Chives to fill in the gaps in the herb bed. We do use lots of them, so I’m sure I’ll find a use for them all. If my sister wants some, then I’ll pass some on to her. I then potted on my Sorrel “Red Veined”. This is wonderful, if you’ve never grown it before do give it a go. It makes scrambled eggs very colourful and add the small leaves to salad to give it an extra oomph! I put 4 small plants in each 3 inch pot, and have ended up with 8 pots. Sorrel is a perennial and therefore comes back every year. Its a lovely addition to a herb patch. I then potted up my Sweet Peppers “Romano Mixed”. Strangely only 2 germinated. Why this was I don’t know, but hopefully they’ll mature to wonderful plants and give us loads of peppers to eat. Then finally in the greenhouse it was the time of the Electric Daisies. I think these are so much fun, and are great to try on unsuspecting victims. Again I transplanted these into 3 inch pots and in clumps. Some of the seedlings were bigger than others, so hopefully I’ll have a good selection to grow on further. I ended up with 8 pots, 7 I’ll most probably keep for myself and 1 I’ll give to my sister, if she wants more then she can have more. It’s all looking rather full in the greenhouse now which is great.

It's that time of year when the greenhouse starts to heave under the strain.

It’s that time of year when the greenhouse starts to heave under the strain.

Once all was done in the greenhouse I then put some plants on the garden table that are due to go out in the allotment next time I’m down there.

Let's get the Kohl Rabi out in the allotment.

Let’s get the Kohl Rabi out in the allotment.

Then it was time to give the front garden a little tidy. It’s been a little while since I’ve given it a bit of TLC. It wasn’t messy, just in need of a little hair cut. It didn’t take long, just a trim of my bush, a sweep of the paving stones, a slight weed, the obligatory gathering of rubbish that has blown in and then it was done. Hopefully it’ll be ok for a month, but I’ll keep on top of it and then it just need a quick look over and then doesn’t get out of hand. Little and often is the key or titivating, which I think is a wonderful word! Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. We’re hoping to have a BBQ tomorrow (the first of the year), hopefully the weather will be kind, but only time will tell. I must go, I’ve run out of wine in my glass, so need to go and fill it again. TTFN!!

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