Friday, 6 June 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Looking up the right hand side of the garden; Paul's Himalayan Musk Rose at the back (it reaches from one side of the garden to the other).

If this post sounds at all like an echo (which it does!), you will have to forgive me - my poor brain is addled right now . . .

As you know, I am Keeping Busy right now. I have seedlings coming out of my ears, and still lots more to get started.

I have just made a list of what I am growing/have planted this year. A few I have yet to start.


Fenugreek; Caraway; Fennel Flower and Rue are all in the seed stack. Anise Hyssop, Woad and Wormwood yet to be sown.

My raised herb bed last year.


In the seed stack: Lupin; Larkspur; Delphinium; Sweet Williams; Snapdragons; Pansies; Agastache; Pansies; Stocks. Planted direct/growing on in final pots are Love in a Mist; Night-Scented Stocks; Black Velvet Nasturtiums and Sweet Peas (several different sorts). Yet to start are more Nasturtiums, Pot Marigolds, Jacob's Ladder; Anchusa Dropmore and Canterbury Bells.


In the ground are:

One Pepper; 2 Aubergines (bought in pots and in the Lidl plastic tunnel, along with Spring Onions, Little Gem lettuces and half a dozen Tomato plants). Cucumbers to join them shortly.

Pak Choi; Parsnips; Carrots; Potatoes; Purple Sprouting Broccoli; Peas; Leeks; Celery; Runner Beans and Onions.

Waiting to go in shortly and well grown are: Cherokee Trail of Tears beans; Gherkins; Cucumbers; Tomatoes (various); Gherkins. I have Pak Choi in tubs to be transplanted later/eaten young; more Celery just sown; Mange Tout in tubs, ditto Borlotti Beans and Alpine Strawberries just sown this morning for next year.

I have soft fruit beds too, but much of the fruit looks like it is going to have a hang year, as cropped so well last year/pruned last year. Not many gooseberries or blackcurrants, but strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, loganberries looking happy. Apples are a mixed bunch - some trees loaded, others resting. My Damson cropped well last year and is resting this. Sloes may be poor too, but I still have pounds and pounds in the freezer, so not too bothered about those.

So we shouldn't starve and will have some stuff to go in the freezer - though it's much nicer eating straight from the garden of course.


Kelli said...

I love reading about your garden adventures, Jenny! Your flowers and plants are beautiful!

Mam and Lizi said...

Nope, I daresay you will not starve! I'm trying to figure out if all of your tomatoes must go into a protected area or if you can grow them out in the open.
Jennie, the garden is just beautiful. That rose is magnificent. I told Anita (from Germany) about it. She raises the most beautiful flowers in her garden and has many roses. I hope she'll come by to take a look.