Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Friday, April 25, 2008

Springing Up!

Just two weeks after starting off my bucket of comfrey tea, you can see that the liquid has now started to brew. We have just had two warm-ish days here in London and as yet, it has not started to stink. No problem! just wait...

Having sown my curcurbit (squash/pumpkin) seeds on 18th April, they have made a great start. They have been inside a heated propagator in the greenhouse on several warm days. The temperature there must have given these seedlings a great start. Also starting to germinate and enjoy the heat in there are my okra seedlings and scotch bonnet chillis.

I planted my seed potatoes in time-honoured gardening tradition on Good Friday March 21st this year. I must admit that these days with my 'no dig' gardening regime I do not go to all the bother of digging out a trench to plant potatoes. The ground is well manured anyway and I just dig a little hole with a hand trowel, perhaps a bit of growmore to help it along - that's all. The last 2 days of sunshine has brought up my potatoes. These are Red Duke of York - you can see the crimson colouring in the leaves already.
I bought one of my strawberry plants into a pot in the greenhouse in early January. It looks as if it is already several weeks ahead of the others. One potential problem for strawberries in the greenhouse like this is that they sometimes do not get pollinated properly, this results in deformed strawberries (should I say physically challenged strawberries?) anyway, you can get over this problem by hand pollinating the flowers with a small paintbrush or Q-tip.
My asparagus has also made about an inch a day in the past couple of days. Everything was just sitting dormant in the garden, now it looks as if Spring has sprung!
Last, may I make a recommendation? Wickes sell 4 bags of multi-purpose compost (75l) for £10. I used it last year, and it is some of the best I've had in a long time.


At 11:24 PM, Blogger chey said...

That comfrey tea looks interesting. Does it develop an obnoxious odor?

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Scarecrow said...

Wow! Matron
Looks like spring has really sprung in your part of the world.
Have a great season!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Chey - Oh yes it really stinks! For a fuller description.. see my blog from a couple of weeks ago about Comfrey Tea.

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous easygardener said...

I love asparagus but haven't got enough room to grow it.
I presume you keep a few clothes pegs strategically placed for when you approach the comfrey :-)

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Mrs Be said...

Goodness, everything has put on a growing spurt. Thanks for the compost tip too!

At 8:45 AM, Blogger LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Seeing that comfrey tea is bringing back very unpleasant memories! x

At 6:51 PM, Blogger UKBob said...

Hi Matron, My garden centre was selling compost at 4 x 75lt bags for £10 all winter then the minute you start wanting some for spring planting they changed it to 3 bags for £10. Thing is they did the same trick last year so this time I made sure I was one step ahead and bought in a good supply while it was at the cheaper price.


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