Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Matron's Container Veggies

 I am so happy with my new container veggie garden.  My South facing London courtyard garden has been coming on leaps and bounds.  I think the sheltered nature of it means that these courgettes are fairly well ahead of most others.  This one above is a Romanesco Courgette from Seeds of Italy.
 This climbing Black Forest courgette is a great way to save space in a small garden, they will climb up a trellis! I have interplanted them with Blauhilde climbing French beans. The beans will climb up the climbing courgette which will climb up the trellis!
 I can't believe the size of my broad beans either!  These are just Masterpiece broad beans but they are 5 foot tall already! This is the South facing wall, so I am growing most veggies here.
 Also very pleased with the plastic potato planters.  I have been earthing them up gradually to the top of the container and keeping them well watered.  Time is coming now, I think, for a little peek.  The Rocket new potatoes should be just about ready.
 I bought some grow bags and some metal plant supports for the tomatoes here.  I can tie all the canes together for additional support.  Lots of sunlight here in the middle of the garden so they should do OK if I can keep them well watered.
 and I didn't think my rhubarb would do as well as it has done in the first year after lifting and dividing crowns from my old allotment.  I suppose they might have needed dividing, and I did give them a lovely bed of rotted manure here.  This is a West facing wall so it gets mid day and afternoon sunlight.
 Right next door to the rhubarb on this South West corner is my Tayberry.  I transplanted this one from my old allotment too.  A Tayberry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry.
Lots of flowers and fruit forming here, the bees are loving it.

4 Comments:

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Mark Willis said...

Great results! I'm not a fan of the Growbag though. I think the plants would prefer some deeper soil to get their roots into. Growbags dry out pretty fast too, so watering is more of an issue.
I'm just toying with the idea of lifting the first of my spuds too - it's always a moment to look forward to.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Matron said...

I agree generally with most growbags, they are quite small and do dry out quickly. I use the double sized vegetable planters (thicker growbags!) usually with a large open bottomed plastic pot on top as a ring culture. Seems to do OK.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

You are certainly making good use of the available space Matron.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Your courgettes are certainly ahead of mine, which are only just flowering!

 

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