May 2017



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

I have decided to keep the weekly format

1 - 7 May


Sowed carrots

Planted brassicas - calabrese, cabbage and cauliflowers

Planted raspberry  Black Jewel

More tidying, weeding and bed preparation

Visit to Clumber Park

Visit to Hodsock Priory to see the bluebells.

We Could Do with Some Rain

Cauliflower Spears

Still a North Easterly and no Rain

Allotment on Hold for a Few Days

An Unplanned Visit to Clumber Park

Meeting Some of the Residents of Clumber Park

Return to Hodsock for the bluebells

Just Flowers


8 - 14 May


Lots of potatoes were frosted

Planted salad leaves

Planted out chrysanthemums

Sowed sugar snaps and mushy peas.

Picked first sweet rocket and cornflowers.

Visited Harlow Carr

Sowed annual flower bed

Sowed Robin Hood broad beans/ started to make sweet pea frame

Planted perennials in plt border

Rain Gauge on Zero for May

Frosted Potato Disaster

Cold Spell Ends but not the Dry Spell

Harlow Carr Alpine House

Video Tour of the Plot

Playing Catch-Up

Cheeky Robin

It rained but not a lot


15 - 21 May


A wet week

Frosted potatoes are recovering and growing away.

Parsnips, carrots, annuals and peas are slow to germinate - some signs of parsnips and annuals

Planting first batch of sweet peas- erected frame for second batch

More tidying and tilling

Cornflowers sown last year are flowering

Harvesting salad leaves and herbs.

Found some spring onions that had overwintered

Pricked out seedlings

Planted tomatoes in garden greenhouse,

Fruit on peach, apricot and nectarine developing.

A wet day but not a lot of rain

Wet Wednesday

Annual flower bed

A bit of a plot tour - video

More cold nights

Mini Harvest


22 - 28 May



Still more preparation and tidying - trying to keep on top of bindweed shoots

Planted out sweet peas.

Planted first lot of brassicas and courgettes

Salad leaves are growing well

Roses are blooming

Visited Slimbridge and Gloucertershire and Warwickshire steam gala,

Fruit progressing well

Direct sown seeds still not showing

Palm is flowering

It's Warming Up

Trachycarpus Wagnerianus - Dwarf Chusan Palm

Slugs or What?

Early Promise Plot Fruit

Blimey what a Scorcher

More of the Same

Great While it Lasted


29 - 31 May



Sweet Williams are flowering

Strawberries are ripening

Resowed carrots and parsnips - snails have eaten all be a few of previous attempts at germination

Planted runner and climbing French beans

Cleared plot greenhouse ready for tomatoes/

Potatoes in tubs moved out

The fig is fruiting well.

Hosta Slug Defences Breached

Almost Ready

A Very Mild May

Flowers on the plot - video

Garden Fruit

May leaves us with a flurry of flowers




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