The broad beans and lettuces in the growing frame seem to be doing
really well. They even needed a watering this week, as the conditions
in there are so warm that the soil had dried out quite a lot. The slug
pellets are holding their own in there too and so far no damage at all.
garlic plants growing in cell trays in the lean-to frame, which were
meant for the allotment are also growing well - too well - and have put
on a mad spurt of growth. Sadly, the allotment isn't ready for them
yet, so I had a change of heart, made an ‘executive decision', and
planted out two rows in the raised beds. There's still a tray of 12
left so these can go out onto the allotment at a later stage. They
might need potting up first though as the cells are getting chockablock
And I also managed to sow some of the chilli peppers
in the propagator. So I've got a pot each of ‘Numex Twilight', ‘Hot
Portugal' and ‘Georgia Flame'. None of them are really high on the
Richter scale of heat - called The Scoville scale: a measure of the
hotness or, more correctly, piquancy of a chili pepper - but they'll do
Talking of the Richter scale, did anyone suffer any
damage from the earthquake this week? The morning after I rushed out
expecting panes of glass to be missing from the greenhouse, but
thankfully no damage done.
I've just received some young tomato
plants from Suttons. There's ‘Elegance' and ‘Hundreds and Thousands'
plus a grafted plant of ‘Elegance'. Suttons is selling grafted plants
this year on a rootstock that will give them greater strength to fight
off diseases including tomato blight. After last year's problems with
this debilitating disease I'm looking forward to seeing how well this
one performs - although I'm not looking forward to blight returning as
bad as it was last year.
‘Hundreds and Thousands' is perfect for
hanging baskets, window boxes or raised patio containers. Apparently,
the cascading plants live up to their name, producing literally
thousands of sweet, juicy, bite-sized tomatoes in an inexhaustible
supply throughout the summer. Oh, roll on summer!