It has been another wet and cold week (we had below zero temperatures at the beginning of the week) some of our tomatoes in the greenhouse have not fared well :o(
|A tomato damaged by the cold|
|The dinning room table is the warmest place to work.|
|We sow our peas in toilet paper tubes and when they have grown we plant the tube too!|
|Peas in the greenhouse nearly ready to be planted outside.|
|Last year we collected lots of beans to use for seed.|
Most things are doing well in the greenhouse, but nothing is growing very fast, everything (including me!) needs some sun and warmth.....
The brassicas are doing well, we have never grown these successfully for seed before, I normally end up buying some from a garden centre.
|Brussels Sprouts (only 3 but I have sown some more)|
This year we have been forced to start our leeks in a pot (instead of directly in the ground), they are doing really well, I think I will sow some more this week.
Other seeds that are starting to sprout:
|Spinich and chard|
|Broad beans (just!)|
The peppers are hanging on, but there isn't enough warmth for them.
The lettuce we bought a couple of weeks ago to be planted in the potager, has all had to be planted in the greenhouse for the time being ~ it doesn't seem to mind!
These are the tyres in the potager that are ready for the lettuce once the weather and temperatures improve.
This is what we have done this week:
❊Saturday 14th April ~ We spent most of the morning mucking out the cows all together, then in the afternoon R worked on the tractor and I ventured into the potager (between the showers) ~ I cut some thick plastic to cover the nettled part of the potager and then used some old tyres to weigh it down (I am going to plant salad and courgettes in the tyres) I found 4 baby peach trees that I potted up and put somewhere safe. I also started to get the fencing ready for the peas (this will take up 1/4 of the patch)
❊ Sunday 15th April ~ C and H cleaned out the chicken house at the bottom of the garden ~ it looks great now and they are a lot happier (I can tell by the way they cluck!!) Then C and R moved some enormous tractor tyres we found at the bottom of the garden and put those in the potager (we will be able to plant a lot of lettuce there)
❊Monday 16th April ~Too cold and wet to do anything in the garden
❊Tuesday 17th April ~ A little bit of sorting out in the greenhouse ~ removing the seedlings that were caught in last night's freezing temperatures (I should have covered them with some fleece for extra protection)
❊Wednesday 18th April ~ The seeds arrived today
❊ Thursday 19th April ~ We planted climbing beans (runner beans and french beans), strawberry popping corn, courgettes (yellow and green), peas and sweet peas. I love sweet pea flowers (they have always been my Mummy's favourite), but I have never been successful growing them ~ fingers crossed for this year!
❊ Friday 20th April ~ At school again. R worked on the tractor ~ it started.......just .........!
This week I am linking up with:Country Garden Living
An Oregon Cottage Garden