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Keeping Up With Planting

June 14, 2017

A couple of posts back I mentioned that there was hardly a spare patch of ground with leeks, albeit the size of match sticks, filling all the empty spaces. These are growing steadily but three beds of broad beans will soon be emptied which will leave plenty of space for more crops. So there’s a need to keep ahead and with that in mind cabbage ‘Greyhound’ sown from seed three weeks ago were planted today. It’s a pointed head cabbage and more seeds will be sown to ensure a steady supply for Autumn and Winter. The row is protected with hoops and a mesh which will stay on till cropped.

 

Borlotti beans and dwarf French beans will be sown in pots at home to get them to 20 cms. Winter Density and mixed leaf salad seeds sown a week ago have germinated and will be thinned ready to plant out in three weeks.  More climbing beans are planted with  ‘Purple Queen’ showing no sign of flowers but it did well last year so I am optimistic…

The runner beans are showing flowers so these should be cropping in a few of weeks to follow on from the broad beans…

There are lost of lovely purple peas probably helped by heavy rain a week or two back…

The first courgette has appeared …

And there are masses of salad leaves with three pickings a week currently…

Elderflower sorbet is my latest new recipe and has a great flavour but didn’t set very well. The received wisdom is to re-churn it with added lemon juice from three lemons in order to get a better balance with the sugar syrup.

A stem of the artichokes broke off in the wind but the three heads look good in a vase with catnip and alliums seedheads.

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  1. June 14, 2017 7:24 pm

    Wow, you put me to shame! Such industry. That sorbet looks delicious. I’ve got some elderflower pop on the go, which should be ready in about a week’s time.

    • June 16, 2017 3:58 pm

      Well in the warmth of the sun seeds seem to germinate readily so as long as I keep up with watering all should be well.

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