Saturday, 5 April 2014

Garden Share Collective - April

I'm joining in again with The Garden Share Collective which is run by Lizzie over at Strayed from the Table.

 Looking ahead to April, well the change in weather is always a bonus, not only have I felt happier, the garden feels & looks happier. Lots of fresh new growth & seed sowing a plenty!

Seed potatoes have been planted between 25 tubs. I plant in tubs due to space restrictions & for convenience too. Far easier to empty a tub before dinner than take a spade to the veg plot.
The greenhouse is slowly becoming more packed with seedlings aplenty & with more to be sown this month I shall soon be playing the greenhouse shuffle.

 The French & Runner beans will be sown this month along with Pumpkins & Squash. Also my winter/spring 2014/15 brassicas will also be sown. No matter how busy you are next years crops are always at the back of your mind!

After having the best success ever with carrots last year I will be growing them in the same way. I will sow them direct into troughs & keep them in the greenhouse safe away from carrot root fly. To shake things up a little I have a packet of mixed colour carrot seeds as well as the more usual orange.

It is also looking promising on the fruit front too, my yellow raspberries look to have settled in well & sending up new shoots. The fruit trees are blossoming well & the Rhubarb will be ready for picking soon.




The Garden Share Collective 

48 comments:

  1. Wow, you have been busy - Also pleased to hear that your Dad is on the mend.

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    1. I have & will be more busier this month with more seed sowing. Thank you he is better yes. xx

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  2. It's a busy time for gardeners but looks like you are well ahead. My dining room is beginning to look like a greenhouse! Amanda x

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    1. Trying hard to keep on top of things, god knows where I can squeeze more pots in. I need to move things from my bedroom windowsill. xx

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  3. It's all go on the sowing front isn't it. I'll be planting potatoes in the ground this year, so we'll see how I do when it's time to dig them up.

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    1. It certainly is. Good luck with your potatoes & trying to dig them all up. We missed some when we grew in the ground. They were popping up all over the place the following year. xx

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  4. Lovely seedling! They will bring you plenty of veggies! Good tip on growing carrots:)

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    1. Thank you & hopefully yes. It seems to be the only way to avoid the carrot root fly for me. xx

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  5. That picture of the blossom is beautiful!! It sounds as though you will have lots of lovely things growing in your garden very soon!! Hope that you can cope with the greenhouse shuffle! xx

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    1. Thank you, the pear tree is smothered in it. The other pear tree is starting to open now & that seems to be pink so will be a nice change. xx

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  6. Look at that greenhouse! Oh I am in love!! What I would do for a space like that! Great link up and such beautiful sprouts!! Happy weekend! Nicole xo

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    1. Thank you, it has proved to be very useful. Have a good week, xx

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  7. It all looks so good, you must be very pleased.

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    1. So far so good. When it comes to actually planting outside that will be a different matter. xx

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  8. I hope that this miserable weather isn't putting off the pollinators

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    1. I have been thinking the same myself Sue, we have had a few breaks in the weather & I've spotted honey bees on the fruit trees so fingers crossed. xx

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  9. It's a busy time of year that's for sure, and one that us gardeners like for all the reasons shown and stated here.
    Happy gardening! Flighty xx

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    1. It certainly is, seed sowing at full pace. xx

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    1. Thank you, just so many to store for now.

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  11. Wow you have been busy! I sowed my french beans a couple of weeks ago, but think I was too early as now they are quite tall and it's too early to plant them out!

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    1. Oh no what a shame! I started mine today I hope they don't grown as quick as yours!

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  12. Love the shot of your greenhouse all full and happy! I can almost smell that good earth and hear the bang of buckets and tiny drippings of water ... enjoy! Wendy x

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    1. Thank you, I rather enjoy sitting in there in the summer with my knitting or crochet & a cup of tea.

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  13. It's such a busy time of year, there's always something which needs doing. I've been sowing more seeds today, I've now got my cucumbers, squash and courgettes on the go.

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    1. It certainly is Jo, I started the beans, squash & pumpkins off today. I'm buying a cucumber plant as we only need one. I have sown a couple of gherkin seeds though.

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  14. I have a distinct sense of "Deja vu" here! So many similarities between your garden and mine. my biggest downfall is being too ambitious and sowing FAR too many seeds! It's a good job I don't have a proper greenhouse, since if I did there would be no stopping me...
    Not a good gardening Sunday this week: cold wet and windy here. :(

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    1. Bless you Mark your garden is far more tidier than my higgledy piggledy method! I think it's a gardeners trait sowing far too many seeds. It has been rather pleasant here today, the sun has been out in between the showers.

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  15. I'm so jealous of all your plantings, we are still under 2' of snow here. When you plant your potatoes in pots do you put the seed potato right at the bottom and fill to the top with soil, or do you add the soil gradually as the plant grows?

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    1. Oh no how awful, I hope it clears soon. Depends on the potato, the early ones are grown 1 or 2 per bucket. I put soil on the bottom then add the potatoes then I top them right up. Main crops are grown with 3 per larger tub, I do earth the main crop ones up gradually through the season.

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  16. Wow I am so envious. I am getting back into growing again now that I have growing space, so looking forward to comparing notes. I agree about potatoes in tubs, so much easier to harvest than digging up.

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    1. You will soon catch up, I bet you are busy making plans now!

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  17. Look at all those seedlings, I thought I was mad by growing heaps. Here in Queensland (oz) we can't grow spuds in tubs as they get too hot - even in winter. I wish we could as I too can be a lazy gardener and would prefer to empty a tub than dig up the bare earth. Look forward to seeing how your seedlings go.

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    1. A mixture of flowers amongst them too, I want some for picking. Well that is one benefit of living in a cooler climate, it's easier for me to grow potatoes.

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  18. love your potato pots! my first try at those failed, but i'm thinking i shuld give it another go!

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    1. Thank you, yes do. We have always been able to get a usable crop.

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  19. wow! first time visiting your blog as I join the garden collective for the first time this month. Your greenhouse is amazing and I can't wait to have a bit more of a snoop around your blog!

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    1. Bless you thank you. I do love my greenhouse & find myself sitting in it & knitting amongst the plants.

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  20. There is so much to do at this time of year and I'm glad you're successfully well underway with all your planting. You are ahead of me with potatoes, I've yet to plant mine. I always sow my carrot seeds late to avoid the first wave of carrot fly.

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    1. Lots & lots I found some seed potatoes yesterday I forgot to plant so there is another job! No matter if I sow them late or early if I sow carrot seeds in the ground the carrot fly always find them.

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  21. Although it is always bust at this time of year I do love everything that has to be done. I fear I am further behind than you on my sowings though....but I don't think I am behind my normal schedule so I am still happy!!

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    1. I think April always see you playing catch up. Then May can be just as busy when planting all the baby plants in the ground. It is a nice feeling though.

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  22. You've reminded me to get my potatoes in! So much to do!

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    1. Lots & lots to do. I'm glad I've got my beans out of the way.

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  23. That's a fabulous idea for the spud crop -- just having enough in each container for a meal or two. Brilliant.

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    1. It is isn't it, it also makes sure the potatoes are nice & fresh.

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  24. HI Joanne,
    I receive an email about each comment made on my blog and all yours have an UPS message at the top - has your email been hacked?

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    1. HI Sue it doesn't appear to be but I have changed all password just in case. Thank you

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