This is going to basically be a veggie post this month, because things are finally really growing.
I've now got tomatoes ready, lots of greens coming along nicely. In the gaps I mentioned last time I planted things that will take up a lot of space ~ I went for butternut squash, crown pumpkins, a watermelon and a honeydew melon. Quite excited to see how they all do. I've had success with all but a watermelon before.
Courgettes looking good - it always has a bit of a setback when I transplant it outside - I may have been a bit early this year!
My 2 different types of cucumber ~ a lebanese and an apple one ~ are going amazingly!! Perhaps I wont give up on them after all. I can even see some teeny tiny cucumbers appearing.
The butterbeans are going crazy. The snake beans are growing really slowly. It would appear they had a bit of an aphid problem. So I neemed them! what a difference that made!
Some of my sweetcorn. Every year I plant this is stages in the hopes that the corn will come ready at different times, and every year they all seem to come ready round about the same time anyway. Still, I keep at it.
So, that's about it really for the veggies. They're doing what they're supposed to.
I washed the outside of the greenhouse a couple of days ago. Over the last year it had got terribly green on the roof and walls. I thought it looked dirty! So I got the garden hose and a broom, and just brushed the green off and sprayed it clean - it looks lovely again.
I wish I'd planted peppers/capsicums in the greenhouse last year - they are just doing so well!
The aubergines are growing like weeds in here, but I'm not too sure if my experiment is going to be a success or not. They're dropping their flowers rather than setting them. I've been reading up about flower drop and it seems that it could be either not enough water, or temperature fluctuations - which they do not like. I can control the water issue, but not so easily the temperature. Not sure what I'm going to do with them. Hope for the best I suppose!
Here's a wee overview of the tomato side of the greenhouse - I've pruned them quite heavily and nipped the tops out so that they don't grow any more - my plan is to harvest these tomatoes over the next 4 weeks, then plant out some more from seed. I'm sort of hoping they grow over summer and we'll have late tomatoes.
The chillies are coming on brilliantly!
This is a wee harvest of tomatoes, the branch on one of the plants was so heavy that it broke off when they were all still green. So I picked them off and just put them in the trug to ripen.
My hydrengeas are out in force now!! I LOVE them!
More exciting news!
Elizabeth hatched 5 out of the 6 eggs I put under her. She really is the most gentle mum. Gerald, my white leghorn is the dad. The mums are some of my white leghorns, and three mixes! You can see how strong the leghorn gene is as they are all yellow. Two of them have wee black spots though! They're like Dalmation Chickens!
I adore having chicks around the place!!
So, there you have it!
See you next month!