Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Action at last!
interestingly, the parsnip seeds I protected with a cloche have faired no better than those without the comfort of being kept warm - both appearing within a few days of one another. I will remember this next year, there seems to be no point and it could have been put to better use.
I found myself strangely motivated this week by the BBC 2 programme called something like, 'It's hard being green'. It features a family (which includes the mustachioed guy from scrapheap challenge) relocating to a beautiful if run-down pile in Cornwall. It warmed the cockles of the heart and the combined efforts on the organic vegetable beds I found positively uplifting. I discussed this with Pete my neighbour and we both found the enthusiasm that came through quite inspirational. Several times since it aired I have found myself looking at the Permaculture web site and the fascinating array of courses on offer there. Maybe this year or next I might enroll on one!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The first shoots
Monday, March 20, 2006
20th March 2006
Just for the record, the following is the list of seeds I've ordered for this my first year of production. Looking at it now I can't help but think, maybe i'm being a tad over-ambitious. What do you think?
Mangetout 600 seeds
Spicy salad leaves 139 seeds
Rocket Apollo 600 seeds
Beet Bulls Blood 200 seeds
Corn salad 600 seeds
Tomato Gartenperle (tumbling habit)
Tomato Gardeners Delight
Carrot Amsterdam forcing
Carrot Early nantes 5 (seed tape)
Butternut Squash Cobnut
Artichoke Green Globe
Sweet Pea Winston Churchill
Garlic Wight Cristo
Garlic Summer Harvesting
Parsnip White Gem
Sprout Purple Falstaff
Onion Red Barron
Runner bean Enorma
Kale Curly Green
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Okay, welcome back. Let me bring you up to speed on a few things: in this week has gone parsnips (under the home made cloche you can see in the photo from week 1 where it was warming up the soil), garlic, chives, shallots and strawberries. The garlic consisting of 5 bulbs split into individual cloves planted 2" deep and 3 bulbs planted whole because I have been told the tops are lovely in salads. Worth a try I thought.
Week 1 February 2006
Welcome to The Veg Virgin.
I've always been keen on cooking but particulary eating fresh veg, all the better when it's straight from the garden. Bob my father-in-law, and Pete my neighbour are both past masters of producing gorgeous fruit and veg and until now i've always felt a bit intimidated by their success. Now, sick to death of one health scare after another i'm determined to go all 'Tom and Barbara' and grow my own.
What's brought all this on, you may well ask. I think it started when I bought a copy of 'Grow Your Own' magazine from the local shop. I'm not sure really why I bought it though I have been watching gardening on tv more recently. Anyhow, within a matter of days the lawn was coming up and the beds going in. Thanks GYO, you've started something now.
I don't have an allotment but am pretty lucky in having enough room at the bottom of the garden for a reasonable sized veg plot. I've consulted a few books and in the end followed Alan Tichmarsh's plan of creating small raised beds surrounded by paths.
My only self imposed 'Veg Virgin' rules for this plot are:
1. Must look good as well as taste good
2. To convert my daughter to the wonders of mangetout etc
3. No pesticides
4. Recycle everything possible
5. To eat seasonal produce - as people used to do before tasteless all year round veg was invented
6. To make friends with the birds and the insects though I expect the odd tiff is inevitable
7. Not to get down-hearted by the occaisional mistake or failure
8. To start in a humble and simple way, main supplier to Tesco is not on the agenda
9. Accept all help, advice, seeds, plants and tools offered with gratitude (thanks for the propogaters Bob)
Well, that's it for now, the seed catalogue order has gone in and I've just picked up some seed potatoes from my local garden centre. More on those next week.