“Garden Tooing, Froing, Growing and Going!”
E39 – W26
Currently gardening deconstructing jobs are very bitty as in literally bit by bit by bit by yada yada you get the jist. I am at that stage of the game when nothing of any substance can be achieved in large parts. This is principally down to the fact that we still have active crops in containment. It’s all a matter of time now with the latter slowly closing in on growing crops and their harvest versus forced yields.
Yesterday l had to harvest off all the carrots – this was bad news in so far as they were not fuller crops BUT excellent news in so far as for a first time grower, my carrots were bloody good!
That box l had them in, you may recall was a specially prepared box in so far as very finely sieved soils, with no pebbles or stones or obstacles at a depth of 15″ of workable and richly attuned potting compost.
The two main mistakes l made were 1] I planted too heavily and 2] l didn’t thin the seedlings which would have meant number 1 and ‘too heavily sown’ would have been nulled and voided.
But hey it’s been a difficult time and l don’t mean just the pandemic, l mean l wasn’t expecting to be splitting up from my partner and added to that stress, l wasn’t prepared to be moving away a singular person. This had a bit of a knock on effect on me personally and it also kicked off a chain reaction to other plans l had for this year. This whole affair killed the positivity l had for the gardening initially and by the time l had recovered most of the crops were already underway and the deconstruction schedule was being drawn up.
Carrot box yesterday afternoon just prior to early harvest.
I will grow carrots next year and also if l can and l am able to site my carrot box next week sometime in the new property’s garden l will sow a July crop ready for harvest in October – if l can. The actual carrot growing season starts from February to October, with a sowing season of February to July plantings and May to late October harvesting. So if l am able – l would like to plant a July sowing and see how that goes.
Celery plants doing really well.
In the last week of the garden growing and going, there has been a lot of tooing and froing with regards harvests and digging up and bagging of soils and the crop yields have been pretty good for courgettes and cucumbers and more recently ‘baby’ carrots and purple and white spring onions. The garlic on the last check is doing well and will not be harvested out until around the 18th July. The young celery plants are doing really well however they’ll not meet their fullest size and so l will be planning on harvesting them in the next ten days or so.
Harvesting off the carrot box and resieving the potting soils for future reuse and sowing. But you can clearly see it’s a bumper crop off of more or less perfectly straight carrots – which was the target.
I also harvested off the purple spring onions and they were also a major crop yield and something l would most assuredly grow again. You may recall these were late sowings due to later arrival and they arrived to me in sets.
Next year l will start off several plantings with already established sets, thongs, slips and seedlings and use the seed tapes as this way cuts down on the need for pre-sown modules as well as eliminates a lot of stress.
The yields once they had been cleaned up and prepared for kitchen use. I managed to give Sam next door a good healthy portion of baby carrots and purple spring onions and still have a good quantity left for us. You can see the yellow courgettes and marrow in the background.
The runner beans are only now just starting to show signs of pods and they are cutting it very fine – they have between now and the 18th to produce an edible for the table crop before l have to dig them out to empty off the tubs ready for transport. They are simply too heavy to lift and work with otherwise.
Transplants l need to try and attempt tomorrow are the sweet potatoes and the celeriacs [the latter you can just see the tops of in the above image in the middle above the courgettes] This afternoon, l did however manage to transplant the fennels into one larger pot, so hopefully they will survive that move. I would like to keep them indoors with Ava if possible.
Fennel in three corners, remaining crop white spring onions. Below – garlic performing very well, leaves just yellowing off, should be ready for harvesting by 21st. Another crop that both Suze and l would like to grow.
In the greenhouse, rather upsetting is that the dark tipped problem Ava encountered last year has returned. However l have come to accept that due to Ava basically being a tree, she cannot stay potted forever and that l will experience this problem with her yearly l feel. I am going to winter her this year in the new house in the dining area which is just off the kitchen and near to the patio with the fennels, a pepper plant and some tomatoes and see what effect that has.
The problem is NOT as bad as it was this time last year … but a year on and we are experiencing it again.
The pepper plants despite being planted early enough have not produced a crop this year unlike last year, but this time around l will not destroy them but keep them growing all year which is what you can do, so they will be ready for fruit next year.
What Suze and l noticed this year however, was that a lot of the usual plantings outside really struggled to grow – BUT they grew and produced fruit inside the greenhouse. They responded very well to controlled temperatures and climate. Below aubergine [eggplants], cucumbers, basils and indoor spinach.
Even with all the disturbance of a pandemic and emotional upheaval the garden hasn’t done ”’ that badly ”’ ish! Certain crops like the rockets, and the spinaches performed very well – but beans, courgettes and cucumbers outside fared very badly indeed.
We do have tomato plants on the patio which are just starting to blossom fruit wise, but more on that next time. Till then- that’s the latest update from Project Garden – thanks for reading.
Catch you in part 4.