Sunny Sunday

Today I have been planting seeds, knowing that over the next 10 – 14 days tender shoots will appear, ready for transplanting to the vegetable plot which is not yet ready for them. Rather focuses the mind.

I have reused the containers which contained the box hedging. The handles have been trimmed off, providing a place to pencil on the details of what I have planted.

I have ordered some raised beds, but they probably won’t be here for a fortnight. I have dug and weeded. There’s not much I can do now until the raised beds arrive and the seeds have come through….

well nothing much, except keeping on top of the rest of the garden!

Here is my solar powered radio, which accompanies me around the garden. Sunday is my favourite time for the radio. ‘Desert Island Discs’ made me cry and is a must listen, especially the bit about the haiku. I do think Kirsty Young is brilliant in the chair.

Later I listened to ‘Poetry Please’ and cried again. This time I was at the top of a ladder, over the fence, trimming the Red Robin (Photinia)

Then there’s ‘Pick of the Week’ – most of which I listened to while preparing the leg of lamb with slivers of garlic and sprigs of rosemary, ready for the wanderers return. (Cyclo has been out on a ride, about 105 miles from Stourport, on the The Wyre Forest Stinger and he was very ready for his roast, and a few extra carbs in the form of a rhubarb and ginger crumble.)

Author: Sarah

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13 thoughts on “Sunny Sunday”

  1. Fingers crossed, Christopher… as long as the slugs and snails don’t eat them!
    The reason the photo is taken through the partly opened green house door, Janus, is to hide how untidy the rest of the greenhouse is 🙂

  2. I have a great admiration for those who grow their own food. This household would starve if I tried!

    Well done Pseu!

  3. Only a few things< Boadicea… you notice there are only things I like here…. and no spuds, as they are freely and cheaply available. I do love being able to come down the garden for the beans etc 🙂

  4. Is that asparagus seed on the left?
    If so, it is not a good idea to try to grow from seed, it will take at least 5 years before you can cut a single spear! Far better to buy 3 year old crowns of a reliable variety from a reliable grower.
    Asparagus seed hybridises all too easily and you might wait 5 years for a total heap of crap!

    You are better to sow beet direct, although it will transplant, it never sits secure and is prone to invasion from flea beetle and other bugs. Far better to sow in a 6″ drill and thin. One of the problems of beet and spinach is that the seedlings are not particularly strong, they will give up and refuse to break through any sort of dry crust on the soil at all. the key to good germination is to keep the row moist at all times, water daily using a fine rose. until the seedlings have emerged.

  5. Thank you Cristina. The asparagus was a bit of a joke really. I was challenged by the info on the back of the pack…. difficult to germinate. The crowns will be the root I take (excuse the pun) if I do decide to have an asparagus bed.

    The beet have gone directly into the ground and it has rained several times today, so I won’t have to water!!!

    Raised beds on their way.

  6. Grow em for fun by all means but if they go why not put them in the back of perennial beds, they make lovely foliage!
    Don’t get conned into buying 5 year old crowns either, too expensive and transplant badly, too established by then. 3 year old are the best compromise between price and not having to wait for ever. You are quite right they are the roots. When they come they are all shrivelled up and look dead as a doornail! Do not be tempted to send them back!! But have the bed ready and prepared so you may plant immediately, don’t keep them hanging about!
    Check various books and make sure you have it just right in the preparation, once they are in you have it for life with virtually no chance of fiddling about with it later. Worth spending the time and money, mine is going great guns at the moment. freezing it down, making soup, we can’t keep up with it! having to cut it once every 48 hours to stop it running away and making foliage.
    Not sure you would not have to wait now until autumn for delivery, unless someone has roots in cold storage.

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