Showing posts from May, 2017

End of May.

I'm still chopping up leafy weeds and vegetable waste, to scatter between plants and rows in the polytunnel; cut grass from the lawn, as well. The generous watering in the hot weather passes through this covering, and less of it evaporates.

June is a good month to erect a new tunnel, so the polythene cover can get tighter through the autumn months. A great variey of crops can be started from late July to September.

I once planted dahlias in a polytunnel

 - it was a mistake.

Sweet peas and chrysanthemums make good autumn crops. Order chrysanth plants now.

I'm sowing more rocket, spinach, tatsoi and other quick leaves to make salad and later chopped leaves to scatter.

mid May

Busy, busy. Everything is growing fast. Leafy weeds and surplus spinach are mixed with vegetable waste from the kitchen, chopped with a sharp spade then scattered between growing plants. Very little soil is visible.

We are harvesting broad beans, mange tout pease, cabbage,  calabrese, spinach and salad greens - some from autumn sowings.

 Sunday dinner

 I'm sowing small patches or rows as space allows with rocket, cress, tatsoi, radish, mustard, spinach - even a few sugar snap peas. These will use nearly all available light - with speedy returns.

Tunnel watering.

In a sunny week - as forecast - leaves will lose lots of water; so roots need a plentiful and constant supply.
One generous watering can last for days, much better than a daily top-up. After watering, cover the wet surface with chopped green leaves and/or grass mowings - plentifully, but loosely. Add a bit more surface material at any time.
Replenish water after three or four days according to the weather. Young plants may benefit from light shading.
Empty spaces can be sown with spinach (not perpetual); the young leaves make good salad. Eventually chop up the large old leaves for ground cover and sow some more!

First May sowings

Courgettes, French beans and sweetcorn sown in their final location will germinate quickly. Water the ground with warm water before sowing.

Beetroot, spinach and small salad crops will germinate and grow very fast.

It's time to plant tomatoes and cucumbers - warm water before planting. Sweet Million, Bejbino, Bottondoro, Sweet Olive and Miele are good cherry types; Vanessa is our favourite slicing tomato.

 Salad on May 2nd from February sowings

 Sow your favourite cherry tomato now for a delicious and prolific harvest in September and October. The cherry types are good frozen for cooking in the winter.

May 2nd sweet peas sown in October.

Also picked first strawberries