Sunday, 5 March 2017

One More Time

Here are our Kestrel potatoes; chitting happily under the grow-lamp in our hallway.
Such amazing looking little things! The Orla aren't quite so impressive, but they'll catch up.
It was a very rainy day today but we wanted to sow our broad beans in the greenhouse.We thought we had a new packet of Longpod, but it was open so we went to our local Wyevale and of the 3 packets that were left (yes, 3!) we opted for Dreadnought, which are an heirloom longpod variety.
Jamie made up seed compost by mixing multi-purpose, John Innes seed and this coco coir, which comes in a solid block and you 'just add water'.
There are our little broad beans sitting in their mini-greenhouses - Jamie had to eat a lot of trifles for this plan :-) Last year we found that they grew tall at different rates, so this means that each one can have it's lid lifted before it hits the top and once its a size that a mouse won't fancy quite so much...
While Jamie was dealing with that I set up another compost bin and cleared some compostible items from the plot; most of last year's sweetcorn stems, though some sections are too hard, like bamboo, so they may need to be disposed of differently. The chard - I like to sow afresh each year. The sprouts - I chopped the stalks into small pieces first. And then put a bucketful of manure on top and gave it a stir.

We're on our way, but there's so much to do, but not on a soggy day like today. So back home into the warm before some torrential rain arrived again.
I'm pretty sure I took potato photos like these last year, but they're just so amazing in close-up, I can't resist one more time...
Haha! See what I did? It means I can put Daft Punk on my Plot7 playlist - go on, have a dance round the room :-)


8 comments:

  1. The first photo of a Kestrel shoot is amazing.

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  2. Me encantan las fotos de las patatas.
    Un beso.

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  3. I like the individual broad bean seed pots. It's so wet here I font even want to walk across the grass!

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    1. Thanks, hope they prove useful. It would be nice to have two dry days in a row...

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  4. The potatoes look like aliens. Love the idea of of the trifle pots....ideal. I am trying to think how to protect a seedtray containing 15 pots with sweetpeas from mice. Not a cloche lid as they will hit the top. The mice took some of mine when they were quite tall.

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    1. I'm hoping to sow sweetpeas this weekend. I'm intending to sow them into 3 big pots so may have to use a big water bottle cloches - though I know it won't stop a mouse, it may put them off...

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