It’s all about planting
Prize-winning veg from the allotment and a smaller garden in greater Manchester with impressive summer bedding.
We’re in the middle of a spell of warm, dry weather and I’m watering all my plants in the greenhouses, and the ones still in boxes outside, at least twice a day. I’ve painted CoolGlass on the greenhouses, which will help to reduce temperatures inside.
After a slow start, most things are growing well now, including the weeds! Apart from watering, this month is all about planting, both at home and on the allotment. On the plot, though, when I’ve things ready for planting I have to weed the beds first, which is very time consuming. I’ve always said that I spend more time weeding than all the other jobs put together.
However, I’ve managed to plant sweet peas, gladioli, dahlias, all the tender veg, and the first batch of brassicas. I grow these in small batches to avoid a glut. I also grow a lot of annuals for cutting and showing. I’ve planted many of these, but it’s usually into July before I manage to get them all in.
I’ve sown broad beans and dwarf French beans direct in the beds. I’m growing some in pots to cover any failures. I’ve also sown swedes and turnips direct but I start beetroot and kohlrabi off in small peat pots and all these are ready for planting. Lettuce have been sown in cell trays at home and have now been planted out. The rhubarb’s still cropping and I’ve harvested the winter onions. The shallots have been reduced to three per clump and we use the thinnings in salads.
At home, I’ve planted bedding plants round the front lawn but still have the borders at the back to do.
I’ve also been busy planting hanging baskets. I’ve got 12 of my own, but do a lot for friends and neighbours. I’ve also planted up several pots for friends as well as my own, too.
Any plants I’ve left will be sold at a plant stall at church in late June.
The blackbird’s nest is now empty. The chicks hatched and all fledged successfully.
My first batch of brassicas have been planted after a good spell of weeding
All this bedding is ready to go in!
I’ve got 12 baskets of my own, and I plant up some for neighbours, too
Sweet peas are added to the plot