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This diary is a summary of our garden activities. The links are to blog posts that often give more detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Planted half of the onions and shallots

Sowed two rows of peas

More bed preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

Planted more onions and shallots

Sowed parsnips

Planted broad beans

More clearing and preparing beds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Pricked out tomatoes and cosmos Xanthos

Potted miniature rose

Sowed more annual flower seeds.

Planted some lettuce plants in pots

Sowed cucumbers etc to put under grow light see here for full list

Spring might have arrived

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Planted early brassicas at the plot

Prepared more beds

It's all about the tulips

 

Made it to the plot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Blossoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Planted half of the onions and shallots

Sowed two rows of peas

More bed preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

Planted more onions and shallots

Sowed parsnips

Planted broad beans

More clearing and preparing beds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Pricked out tomatoes and cosmos Xanthos

Potted miniature rose

Sowed more annual flower seeds.

Planted some lettuce plants in pots

Sowed cucumbers etc to put under grow light see here for full list

Spring might have arrived

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Planted early brassicas at the plot

Prepared more beds

It's all about the tulips

 

Made it to the plot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Blossoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Finished planting onions and shallots

Planted main bulk of potatoes

Started to clear autumn raspberries of bindweed

Quince flowers opening

More bed preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

Sweet peas have been nipped out

More seed, including runner and French bean, sweetcorn and sunflowers. have been sown.

Crab apples flowering

 

Blimey One day heatwave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Finished planting onions and shallots

Planted main bulk of potatoes

Started to clear autumn raspberries of bindweed

Quince flowers opening

More bed preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

Sweet peas have been nipped out

More seed, including runner and French bean, sweetcorn and sunflowers. have been sown.

Crab apples flowering

 

Blimey One day heatwave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Lots of apple blossom on the plot

Sowed mangetout, sugar snap peas and carrots

More clearing out of autumn raspberries and bed clearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

Wild flowers at Fountains Abbey

Holy water

Fountains Abbey photo album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Lots of apple blossom on the plot

Sowed mangetout, sugar snap peas and carrots

More clearing out of autumn raspberries and bed clearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

Wild flowers at Fountains Abbey

Holy water

Fountains Abbey photo album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

Midget Gems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

Fuchsia plug plants arrived
Bought cauliflower plants to replace slug damaged ones

Bought a Tulbaghia for pebble garden.

 

Cold weather turns up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

Finished replanting autumn raspberries Joan J after weeding out bindweed

Strawberries are flowering

Harvested rhubarb and picked first sweet rocket flowers

What a bind

Better than forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

Fuchsia plug plants arrived
Bought cauliflower plants to replace slug damaged ones

Bought a Tulbaghia for pebble garden.

 

Cold weather turns up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

Finished replanting autumn raspberries Joan J after weeding out bindweed

Strawberries are flowering

Harvested rhubarb and picked first sweet rocket flowers

What a bind

Better than forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

A day out in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Lovely Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

Garlic and autumn onions are starting to grow.

Peas are up and early potatoes are through but have been nipped by frost

Weevils are nibbling the broad beans but they are coping.

 

Late frost maybe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planted up lavender plugs in modules

Pricked out some seedlings

Sowed spring onions

Planted tulbaghia in pebble bed

 

Quality plug plants

Tulbaghia Purple Eye - Filling one gap

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

Sprayed hostas with slug repellent in an effort to keep the molluscs at bay

 

A third eye - acer flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

Potted up African violet plantlets taken from a leaf that had fallen off the plant

 

Picturesque bird table
It was worth a try

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

Visited the National Bird of Prey Centre in Duncombe Park

The hawthorn is looking good.

 

We need these at the allotment

A Flying Visit

Photo album of some of the birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

 

Planted sweet peas in the rain.

 

All about peas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visited The East Midlands steam gala

The strawberries on the plot are flowering well - here's hoping the neat frost temperatures don't spoil our chance of fruit.

 

One wet day - one dry day

M for Harlequin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

Grass paths strimmed and some beds tidied.

Planted first lot of annual flowers

Thinned new tayberry canes.

 

Got wet again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

First rose flowers

Potted cherry in the garden has set fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

More and more flowers are blooming.

 

Flowers of plot and garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

 

 

Bought some plants for summer house and repotted existing plants

 

The summerhouse collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planted out runner and climbing French beans

Provided hazel twig climbing frame for peas and sweet peas

Picked rhubarb and sweet rocket.

 

Staking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

Planted more annual flowers

Sowed more carrot and parsnip seed in gaps in germination

Removed a barrow load of bindweed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

Tidied heather hedge and long flower bed

Prepared more beds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sowed more annual flower seeds in modules

 

May seed sowing schedule

Details of what was sown/planted in May

 

 

May harvesting schedule

Details of our May harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

First lot of potatoes are through and earthed up for protection

Strawberries starting to flower

Grass paths strimmed on plot

More tidying of autumn raspberries

Slugs and snails wreaking havoc on plot and ion the greenhouse

 

Mollusc Heaven

Third eye - acer flowers

Long season daffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

 

Bought a penta pot plant

Bought some plants for the pebble garden to fill gaps in pebble beds

More gaps filled

 

 

 

 

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