I admit to cheating (just a little) I am off to the RHS orchid show today so these pictures (and words) are from yesterday afternoon rather than this morning.
Last weekend I was hoping for sunshine or warm weather so that I could finally empty out the office of the plethora of seedlings I had accumulated since January this year.
Finally on Sunday I bit the bullet and decided I would plant them no matter what and be taught a lesson in patience if they did not survive. It has been a week and I have had only one loss (that, which is not a surprise) and everything is currently holding strong.
Not sure if I even have six (maybe cos it is technically not Saturday) maybe I should have five on Friday.
The first picture is that of an unknown very green beetle that I saw today on my miniature rose; I have never seen it before, it is less than a centimetre long and quite narrow. I tweeted about it and will see if anyone replies with a name. Do you have any idea?
I planted out corn (‘Incredible’ F1); tomatoes (‘Money Maker’, ‘Matt’s wild cherry’ and ‘Clou’ I think, Experiments in Tomato) I still have ‘Baby Gazzi’, ‘Broad Ripple’ and ‘Fox Cherry’ waiting to get big enough to plant out next to the other tomatoes there.
Also put in ‘Jack Be Little’ mini pumpkin and ‘One Ball’ courgette and I already had some Swiss chard (silver beet) and radishes on the lower level.
The pictures are ruined by the fact I have to cover everything in wire to stop the squirrels from digging up the soil and removing the seedlings. Last month I came out to carnage as the wire was not on yet and the squirrels (or one very efficient one) had pulled up all the strawberries and chewed them in half. I planted both halves back in the soil hoping that like a worm maybe one piece would survive.
The wire is now over everything – it is ugly but effective; we have not had any more carnage since laying it. (That thermometer is not broken 27 degrees in the sun, 17 in the shade today – max and min not current though)
The second bed already had Brassica (perennial cauliflower , broccoli, Brussel sprouts) and I added kale and spinach plus some tiny carrot and parsnip seedlings. The terracotta pots are ‘Pink Solid’ celery; a hardy kind that has pink stems that stay pink even when cooked. If anyone has hints on growing celery, I welcome them as I have not grown any before now.
The remainder of the courgette and another pumpkin (Updates and a weird pumpkin) and the cucumbers/achocha that, when I tried to harden off they wilted and did not like the weather at all so I am trying again this week.
This is what happens when you can’t bear to cull or thin anything; I have ended up with many quite large tomato seedlings. This is the result of me over sowing; thinking that they would not germinate, however I was wrong and ended up with quite a few too many. This is not even all of them (I had culled the weakest), there are others off camera and also still under lights. I will give some to my friends and some to the local community gardens.
This is what happens when you plant cucumber and it is too cold I guess – the plant hardened off fine (didn’t even wilt) and was coping well with the cool nights but I guess it was a bit too much for it to be planted out. Hence, why I am waiting with the other cucumbers that wilted when hardened off the first time. Not quite the best note to end on but such is life, I guess.
So, I am not really sure what the count is but that is my six on Saturday (on Friday) just to show how my garden is going (the visually acceptable part anyway). Next week, we will lay some stepping-stones and patio and try to improve the mud clay pit that is the rest of the garden. We had a stump removed and I planted dahlia and gladioli but I am not sure if the dahlia will come up as they were quite shrivelled from waiting so long for the weather to improve.
I will post from the orchid show next week and not limit myself to six photo/topics.
If you would like to see more Six on Saturday – pop over to The Propagator and see his guide to Six on Saturday plus many others participating.
Have you dared to plant anything out yet? I know some people are under snow still or at least suffering from the cold. Maybe I will pay for my haste in the coming month, all will be revealed in time I guess.