I’m joining Julie at Peonies and Posies (rather late) to share what’s going on in my greenhouse this month.
And lastly, the only large tomato this year has been Ferline. This is better tasting than I thought initially when I ate the first one a month ago, so I may grow this one again, but I’m certainly open to suggestions for alternative larger/cooking tomatoes to try.
As well as the tomatoes, I’m growing Cucumber La Diva. These are supposed to be mini ‘cigar’ sized cucumbers, but I’m not a huge cucumber fan and so they tend to get left on the vine, and then grow to much larger proportions:
and my aubergines, Aubergine Kaberi. I haven’t yet harvested any, and whilst they’re definitely getting bigger, I’m not convinced they’re actually ripening, but I can wait….
And lastly, at my ‘potting shed’ end of the greenhouse, I’m afraid all my biennials – wallflowers and stocks, are still waiting to be planted out – and are definitely suffering for the neglect. Tsk tsk!
With regard to future plans, I don’t suppose the veg will continue for too much longer and then I will need a good clear out. And at that stage I’m wondering about trying the early sweet peas Julie had success with in her greenhouse last year.
The only problem is, if I fill the greenhouse ful of sweet peas, where am I going to put all my tender plants?
I’m joining Julie from Peonies and Posies, both of us after a month’s absence, to update on my greenhouse.
Although I planted my seeds in a timely fashion, I was definitely late getting all of the tender plants out of the greenhouse, and as a result my tomatoes went in late and are rather behind. I have six varieties this year – Black Cherry, Country Taste, Ferline, Gardener’s Delight, Green Zebra and Sungold. Of these I’ve only grown Sungold before, and I have long since forgotten why I chose the others. I bought them all (apart from Green Zebra, which came from Sarah Raven) from Chiltern Seeds, so their descriptions must have won me over.
The one above is Ferline, which is a rather attractive heart shape, but I’ve only cropped one and it wasn’t particularly exciting.
And here’s Green Zebra, again a bit different, but I’m already finding it frustrating that I don’t know when they’re ripe as they never turn red. I picked a couple which were quite soft (the way I thought you were supposed to tell) and tried one, but it really wasn’t very nice, so I binned the first one and put the second in the with the bananas for a second chance!
At the far end of the bed are two Cucumber La Diva plants, which are already taking up far more than their fair share of space. These are short ‘baby’ cucumbers which I’ve had a lot of success with in the past. I didn’t grow them last year, instead growing the grape sized Cucamelons, which was a definite mistake!
At the very end are two plants of Melon ‘Sweetheart’. As I mentioned last month I’ve never had any success with melons, but thought I’d give it another go. And once more, I’m not very hopeful – not least because they’re being smothered by the cucumbers….
In the terracotta pots I have Pepper Marconi Rosso, these Padron Peppers (lovely fried in olive oil with sea salt)
but also, most excitingly, aubergines! These ones are Kaberi, which I’m growing for the first time.
And there’s more!
Does anyone know whether you’re supposed to thin them out, or will they all mature, even if there are two or three close together? Definitely not a problem I’ve encountered before!
On the flower front, the little table is bedecked with blooms, and sits in front of a support with sweet peas growing up it.
The other lovely flowers are the ones on my Plumbago plants, such a pretty, soft blue.
Who knows, in a month’s time I may be overrun with tomatoes, and have eaten my first ever home grown aubergine. See you then!
Like Julie at Peonies and Posies who hosts this meme, things have calmed down in the greenhouse this month. The vast majority of seedlings have been turfed out to fend for the themselves (and we’ll gloss over the fact that many haven’t actually travelled very far from the greenhouse, are in an unruly array just outside the door…)
At the back of the greenhouse I have sweet peas for the first time. Firstly Lathyrus tingitanus,
in my view, one of the prettiest flowers, but sadly no scent, so in addition I’ve planted Lathyrus Juliet, which is just starting to flower, and smells gorgeous. Hopefully I’ll manage to grab the odd moment to sit at the table and enjoy them both.
On either side of the sweet peas are bamboo supports with a variety of tomatoes – this year, ‘Sungold’, ‘Gardener’s Delight’, ‘Black Cherry’, ‘Country Taste’, ‘Ferline’ and ‘Green Zebra’. All were new to me this year except ‘Sungold’, which is a firm favourite. And all grown from seed (all seed from Chilterns except ‘Green Zebra’ which was from Sarah Raven). In addition to the tomatoes I have mini cucumbers ‘La Diva’ as well as Melon ‘Sweetheart’. I’ve only tried melon once before and it was a disaster, but according to Chilterns, ‘Sweetheart’ is a “very early Charentais type melon, arguably the variety best suited to our irregular climate, more tolerant of cooler temperatures and quicker to mature”. We’ll see.
To the left of the door I’ve now planted up a number of pots. Last year the plants in this area were just in grow bags, but they didn’t seem to do very well, and, as I’d used these pots before and so had them available, I thought I’d go back to them.
In the pots I have Aubergine ‘Kaberi’, Pepper ‘Marconi Rosso’ and Pepper ‘Padron’.
In addition, the OH went to the local boot fair last weekend and bought some more Aubergines, which are now luxuriating in this rather magnificent pot, standing about 80cm tall. I will of course be furious if his do better than mine!
On the right hand side of the door I have the area with the heated propagation mat, but this has now been turned off. Here I’ve planted a number of biennials and perennials for next year. I’m not sure they really want to be inside, but I do find I can keep a much better eye on them here, and so I’ll see how they get on. I could move them out to the cold frame, but plants there do tend to suffer from a degree of neglect which, if they were children or animals, would get me into serious trouble.
And the final area, also to the right of the door, is my ‘potting’ area. This is still cluttered with numerous tender plants grown as cuttings and still seeking their place in the world/garden. Amongst other things, there are some Dahlias (Roxy), Pelargoniums, (including the lovely ‘Sidoides’), and Sedum (looking much better than the mother plant which has been badly chewed outside)
And, right by the door, one of a pair of Plumbago plants. I just love this plant and do so hope it will be flowering by the garden opening on the 28th of this month.
With thanks as ever to Julie for hosting. Why don’t you go and see what she’s been up to in her TWO greenhouses!
Well a much better month than last (although I’m a day late posting!) with all jobs pretty much completed.
There were many jobs carried forward:
- mulch all beds
Hmm, not quite there, but the vast majority done, so think we can tick this one off
- prune and feed remaining roses
- pot up dahlia tubers
I have some dahlias in the ground, some that were overwintered in the greenhouse in a large terracotta pot, and then these few, which were dug up and overwintered as tubers. I think it was because they were in pots I wanted to use for something else, but it’s all a bit of a blur now, and I certainly can’t remember their variety. Oops.
I finally got round to buying some potatoes – Ratte and Anya this year. I’ve also bought some potato growing bags for the first time, so I think I’ll put some in the ground (in the top ‘tier’ of the veg patch) and some in the potato bags. I’m planning to put the potato bags in the area of the veg patch behind the raspberry canes. It’s pretty dark but I did grow potatoes there before in the ground, but then they got blighted. Clearly I can’t grow them in the ground again, but hopefully they will do ok in the bags and make a difficult area productive.
- sow chillies, tomatoes and hardy annuals
Tick. The seed tray at the top shows my particularly perky looking Padron Peppers. There may be a few more hardy annuals to sow, but I’ve definitely sown all the tomatoes (Sungold, Gardeners Delight, Ferline, Black Cherry and Country Taste)
I need to provide some support for these, put at least they’re in the ground. I have a second wave now in the cold frame which I’ll plant out in a week or so.
and new for March
- plant aubergines
Tick. I’ve never had much success with Aubergines, but I love to eat them, so I’m trying yet again. This year’s variety is Kaberi from Chiltern. Has anyone tried it?
- finish planning two new beds and start to buy seeds/plants accordingly.
A lot of time has been spent daydreaming about what to put in the new beds and a few things have already been planted which I can show in the EOMV post, but one thing I will disclose here is my recent extravagance with David Austin:
For the Mid Century bed
2 x Munstead Wood
2 x Jubilee Celebration
1 x Falstaff Climbing
And for the Bronze Bed
2 x Pat Austin
Rose Munstead Wood, picture courtesy of the David Austin website
So for next month
Nothing to carry forward – hurrah!
New for April
- Prune various shrubs that probably should have been pruned already
- Continue planting seeds, pricking out and potting on
- Plan cutting garden
- Provide supports for broad beans and plant out second wave
- Start to erect structures for beans and sweet peas
- Tidy up shady bed and lavender beds
- Continue planting up the two new beds
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