So after potting a dozen French marigolds (from the local garden centre) to attract pollinators and deter nasty things like aphids, the following are currently in the tunnel:
Gigante Liscio x 2
Costolutu Fiorentino x 11
Roma x 7
Garden Pearl x 4
Japanese Black Truffle x 4
Chocolate Cherry x 6
Some of these are bigger than others though and probably only half of them are in there final (cannabis!) plant pots - for anyone worried about the cannabis connection, see the previous post!
Ring of Fire x 5
Hungarian Hot Wax x 5
Jalapeno x 4
Padron x 3
Cayenne x 3
Unknown/unlabelled x 7
I bought a couple of different ones from the school garden open day, only I can't remember what they were and the others are a result of my poor labelling! Could have sworn I'd sown some Joe's Long earlier in the year though...
Miniature White x 3
Bimbostar x 1
Paris Pickling x 1
Unknown x 1 (but it's going to be one of the above!)
and I planted a couple of pots of basil. Now when I was there this morning the camera gave up on me, but fortunately I went back later in the evening accompanied by my assistant keen to see the new polytunnel:
But it's difficult to capture everything with the lens I have in there, but despite having 70+ plants in there, it's in no way crowded.
Other jobs today...
I'm fighting a battle with squirrels or mice to get the few strawberries that have been ready so far, but I managed to get a couple first thing this morning.
Watered the polytunnel.
Made a frame for the cucumbers/gherkins to grow up.
Planted on some tomatoes and chillies, and the marigolds.
Planted some peas (Telephone). Sadly my dwarf ones have been eaten after I proudly boasted earlier this year that mine always grew without netting them, and then the tall ones I planted either didn't germinate or got eaten.
Planted some radish, lettuce and two types of salad leaves, undercropping the beans and peas.
Then picked up various squash plants to plant out up at plot no. 2, stopping off home for some lunch of home grown salad first.
Plot no. 2 grows weeds exceptionally well, and after the rain at the weekend I was in danger of losing the potatoes yet alone the onions!
This was taken a couple of nights ago, just as the light was fading hence the flash, but it's difficult to see the spuds in there! Fortunately I'm pleased to say it's much better now and you can see both the potatoes and onions. And the potatoes have been earthed up!
I then planted out some courgettes (All Green Bush), pumpkins (Crown Prince) and a squash (Gem Store). Then my time was up and it was time to get the kids from school, but I managed to find another four strawberries to take with me.
Around the plots
At this time of year there is a fair amount going on:
|Alium bed, the giant ones going to seed, the others just coming out now|
|Broad beans, with potatoes behind, comfrey in flower and covered in bees and the entrance to the plot is somewhere behind there!|
|Blueberries, and if I don't get some netting over them they'll be going the same way as the red currants - i.e the birds are going to eat them.|
|Foxglove, suffering from a lack of water and only about two foot high.|
|Gooseberry bush - it does so well, I just wish I liked them!|
|Lettuce intercropped between the french beans to the left and (hopefully) peas to the right|