Monday, 14 March 2016

That time of year

As much as I enjoy the onset of autumn there is no doubting the run up of spring is a magical time. These few days of sunshine have been just so lovely. 

I know lots of you have started your seed sowing but I have held off. With the veg garden being redesigned I really don't know what space I will have. We normally buy chilli, tomato & cucumber as plants anyway. Leeks, carrots, spring onions & salad leaves will be grown in troughs. So really I'm looking at beans, broccoli, beetroot & sweetcorn being grown in the ground. 

Anyway another crop I grow in tubs are potatoes due to the lack of space really.

We have cut down hugely on what we grow. We have worked out what does well for us & the time we have to dedicate. In all honesty I think this will be the last year for the asparagus patch, I'd like a larger pond & we have a farm shop close by which sell their own asparagus, sprouting broccoli too but that's another story. 

This years potatoes Accord (I think), Charlotte & Pink Fir Apple.
Just the three varieties which we are growing in larger tubs - the builder bucket type.




I really don't have the time any more to water lots of tubs. By cutting down on the seed potatoes bought & growing in larger tubs I'm sure this will help to gain an adequate harvest.

I bought my seed potatoes from a fairly local garden centre Gordale. As well as the usual nets of potatoes for allotments & the small bags they have lots of loose ones. We went for the fill two plant pots for a fiver option. 

They also have a peacock & peahen roaming the grounds along with guinea fowl & ducks. 

Take care xx

26 comments:

  1. goodness you're so organized, I've got a list of what I'm supposed to be starting off but I've been holding off until the paint turns up ( whenever that will be ) and I haven't even thought about getting wood for the raised beds yet lol xx

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  2. goodness you're so organized, I've got a list of what I'm supposed to be starting off but I've been holding off until the paint turns up ( whenever that will be ) and I haven't even thought about getting wood for the raised beds yet lol xx

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  3. I love the way gardens and gardeners evolve together. I'm really enjoying working with ours this year and planning what to grow and acknowledging what hasn't worked or won't fit in. I think you are spot on growing what works for you and what fits in with your lives. Your garden will be a harmonious place this year, Jo! Xx

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  4. So exciting especially with all your improvements on the way. Hope you get a good crop, even a small amount will taste heaps better than the shops. x

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  5. As you know, I'm growing much less than normal this year. It will be rather strange not having all the allotment work to do but it will also be strange not having my own veg to harvest, oh well, I might just get something sorted out for next year. I'll enjoy what I do grow anyway.

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  6. I wish I had the enthusiasm and dedication that you have to the garden, but I have to admit I'm a reluctant Fairweather gardener. I shall take my pleasure watching your garden grow and hopefully some inspiration will rub off. Have a good week. X

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  7. We haven't sown seeds yet. Too soon for us.

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  8. I have grown my early potatoes in pots for several years now. I will be trying some Nadine in pots this year, but will put a few in the ground just to see the difference in yield and tuber size. I will only grow 4 sprouting broccoli plants, the 6 this year are too much but I will have more black kale.

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  9. Too soon for us here too, haven't even bought them yet.........

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  10. You really are on top of the game, I am afraid we are sadly lagging behind this year. This weekend we finally started off some seeds indoors...

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  11. Exciting days for you! Such a nice feeling to get back into the gardens again come springtime. I saw a large crop field yesterday with rows showing a very slight green haze of things sprouting, which surprised me. I don't know what was growing there, but we only finished our last snow storm (hopefully) two weeks ago. Enjoy your planning and planting :)
    Wendy

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  12. I like the idea of growing potatoes in pots, not something I have tried but we have no room for potatoes since we have moved so this could be a solution.
    Jackie x

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  13. I've sowed my toms in the greenhouse, and my sweet peas are already pushing up and out in their little seed trays. I'm thinking beans, leeks, courgettes and possibly sweetcorn this year. I've never grown potatoes, but I think Olly would like to.
    I love this time of year too.
    Leanne xx

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  14. Potatoes...I could have been Irish, I love them so much.

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  15. I've not planted or sown anything yet. Good to see you'll be growing Charlotte, my favourite potatoes.
    Thanks, and you too. Flighty xx

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  16. I cut down on my seed potatoes this year and I've only one variety (international kidney). We started sowing a few seeds on Mother's Day - in previous years I've fallen into the trap of sowing too early and ended up with very leggy floppy seedlings. This year I've kept a few things back to sow in April. Have a great week. Jane xx

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  17. Always get so much inspiration from you. I live near Gordale, in Willaston! Susie x

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  18. I've not planned anything yet. I'm dithering over a complete rehaul of the garden which would mean moving my veg bed

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  19. Always get so much inspiration from you. I live near Gordale, in Willaston! Susie x

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  20. They sound like very good plans. No seed sowing here yet. I always seem to sow seeds too early and they end up weak and 'leggy' on the windowsill, so this year I am trying to be patient.

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  21. We have cut back on what we grow in the garden as well, mostly we just grow a few tomatoes. I have turned the kitchen garden into a dahlia picking garden for my wife, veggies and fruit are very inexpensive at the farmers markets and there are so many of these around.

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  22. Great idea to grow your spuds in the tub trugs, you can move them around easily in those too. Hope you get a good crop. xx

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  23. It's a great time of year isn't it. Your local garden centre sounds good, there is one up the road from us that has a few feathered things as well, the boys love it. CJ xx

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  24. I'm one of those impatient people who want to get seeds into soil ASAP, even though I know it's often not best. I'm sure your downsizing plan will allow you to concentrate on quality rather than quantity.

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  25. We have decided not to grow any potatoes this year, they take up so much space and we don't eat that many over the summer. I will be interested to see how you get on growing them in trugs. Sarah x

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  26. I think its good to just grow what you know works and what you will use. Will be interested to see how your potatoes come on and grow this will be my first year of growing them and I am actually excited will see what happens. dee x

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