Tuesday, 16 March 2010

A good start to the season.

I got to the plot yesterday to do some serious work and ended up staying there for four and a half hours. I dug another trench for the asparagus, that was hard work in itself, but then I had to fill wheelbarrow loads of manure and tip it into the trench with some compost and sharp sand. I planted the 'Conovers Colossal' that I'm trialing for 'Victoriana Nursery' I also bought 4 crowns of 'Pacific Purple' asparagus from a farm shop, which is why I had to dig another trench, I just fancied trying this purple one as well.

I pulled back the black plastic that I had covered some beds with over winter, it was great to see NO weeds. I have to work out where the potatoes and the Broad Beans are going, as both are ready to be planted soon.

Broad beans and Sweet Peas, photo taken 7 days ago

This photo taken today, they have grown very tall in 7 days

Onions, Red and White growing nicely and being hardened off each day, I have 3 more trays as well as these

Tomatoes growing in their little light box. These are 'Gardeners Delight' ( on the left) and just one so far has germinated of the 'Abraham Lincoln' but I'm hoping more will pop up soon of those as I am trialing those for Victoriana Nurseries. I have about another three more varieties that I'm going to sow next week. I want to try something different to the tomatoes I usually grow, and more varieties as well.

Needless to say I am aching everywhere to day, muscles I had forgotten I had. I will never learn that it's best to do little and often rather than long stints on the allotment. Ah well ! at least the sun was shining and I did achieve what I set out to do, so a very satisfying start to the season.


Scented Sweetpeas said...

Isn't it exciting, we have just planted raspberries, blueberries and onions and we planted sweetpeas seeds a week or so ago which are already shooting. Spring is here :-)

Kella said...

Four and half hours no wonder you are aching. My girls are sick yet again so my lotty plans for yesterday and today in the lovely warm sunny weather was curtailed :(

Maureen said...

SCENTED SWEETPEAS, I love growing my own fruit too, I have blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and last year I planted a green and a red gooseberry, so I can't wait to see how they fruit this year.

KELLA, I hope the girls are better soon, and that you get to the lottie.

Ali said...

Well done you, but you must take your own advice and take it easy - little and often is the key!
You take care of YOU!

Jo said...

The purple asparagus sounds interesting, I wonder if it tastes different to the green variety. I didn't cover my beds through the winter. I really must do that this year if it means I won't have to tackle the weeds in spring. Sounds like you've made a great start to the season and got plenty done.

Damo said...

wow they're shooting up, broad beans are great, even when small they are such chunky plants and give you loads of confidence for the season ahead.

Shiny New Allotment Holder said...

Hey! Your onions look EXACTLY like mine, which is hugely comforting, as I'd been frowning and scowling at mine, imagining that they should be bigger and more developed than they are - hugely comforting to see for a newbie at vegetables!

Prospero said...

I plan on planting my garden (direct sowing) this week. Your seedlings look wonderful.

Maureen said...

Thank you all for your comments and for stopping by. I apologise to you all for not replying as I usually do. I have been busy catching up with all manner of things. Hopefully back to normal by the weekend and visiting blogs once again. M x