Another veg progress report: May 2015

The 'British Queens' are doing well in their bags. I added controlled-release fertiliser to the compost as I topped them up. Flowers are now forming in the tops so I hope I will be able to rummage around for some spuds soon

The ‘British Queens’ are doing well in their bags. I added controlled-release fertiliser to the compost as I topped them up. Flowers are now forming in the tops so I hope I will be able to rummage around for some spuds soon

Two weeks after sowing, the cucumbers are looking good. They are almost ready for planting out. They are all-female, F1 hybrids and the €4.99 packet only had 4 seeds but all 4 have grown. I will grow them in pots in the greenhouse. Four plants will carry plenty of cues if they are looked after well

Two weeks after sowing, the cucumbers are looking good. They are almost ready for planting out. They are all-female, F1 hybrids and the €4.99 packet only had 4 seeds but all 4 have grown. I will grow them in pots in the greenhouse. Four plants will carry plenty of cues if they are looked after well

And only five days after sowing, the 'Hunter' French beans are already pushing through the compost. Because French beans HATE cold soil I always sow the climbing French beans in cell trays in warmth. I will sow dwarf varieties in situ in June for a later crop when the soil is nice and warm. Climbing French beans crop over a long period and are more reliable than runner beans - but I grow them too

And only five days after sowing, the ‘Hunter’ French beans are already pushing through the compost. Because French beans HATE cold soil I always sow the climbing French beans in cell trays in warmth. I will sow dwarf varieties in situ in June for a later crop when the soil is nice and warm. Climbing French beans crop over a long period and are more reliable than runner beans – but I grow them too

Although the very small fruits of Cyclanthera explodens are edible I am growing it purely for the excitement of those mature pods rupturing with the lightest touch and scaring unsuspected visitors

Although the very small fruits of Cyclanthera explodens are edible I am growing it purely for the excitement of those mature pods rupturing with the lightest touch and scaring unsuspected visitors

It doesn't always happen, but this year the swetcorn has germinated really well and the seedlings are looking great. They are about a week away from being ready to plant out - fingers crossed for some mild weather

It doesn’t always happen, but this year the swetcorn has germinated really well and the seedlings are looking great. They are about a week away from being ready to plant out – fingers crossed for some mild weather

All the squash, from pumpkins to courgettes, are just about ready to go out so they will also have to wait a week or so. I will give them a liquid feed to keep them growing. I sowed two seeds per cell if they were a cheap seed, and pinched out the weaker of the two if both grew

All the squash, from pumpkins to courgettes, are just about ready to go out so they will also have to wait a week or so. I will give them a liquid feed to keep them growing. I sowed two seeds per cell if they were a cheap seed, and pinched out the weaker of the two if both grew

One of my aims this year is to get a decent crop of celeriac. This needs sowing early and the seedlings are tiny at first. After a slow start they are doing really well and will be ready for planting soon. Getting everything ready for planting out when the weather is likely to be frost-free is one of the most tricky aspects of gardening

One of my aims this year is to get a decent crop of celeriac. This needs sowing early and the seedlings are tiny at first. After a slow start they are doing really well and will be ready for planting soon. Getting everything ready for planting out when the weather is likely to be frost-free is one of the most tricky aspects of gardening

My other big aim this year is to focus on amaranths and I am growing a wide range, from those with coloured leaves mainly for display to those that are grown for seed. I usually sow them direct in cell trays but have never quite been happy with how they grow so sowed them in the propagator and pricked then out into cells. After a slow start they are starting to move now and I am happy with them. I am growing seven varieties and 50-60 of each

My other big aim this year is to focus on amaranths and I am growing a wide range, from those with coloured leaves mainly for display to those that are grown for seed. I usually sow them direct in cell trays but have never quite been happy with how they grow so sowed them in the propagator and pricked then out into cells. After a slow start they are starting to move now and I am happy with them. I am growing nine varieties and 50-60 of each. It is interesting that already the seed-amaranths are growing better than the coloured-leaf types which traditionally need more warmth

 

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3 Comments on “Another veg progress report: May 2015”

  1. joy
    May 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    all looking fantastic. I also grow all female cues all 4 of my seeds grew . heck its hard planning perfect planting times will start this week

  2. sueturner31
    May 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    This all looks good to me… our sweetcorn is about the same as yours..Malcs a bit worried as he put his potatoes in at the end of March and nothing is up yet….win some lose some…but we need our spuds.

    • thebikinggardener
      May 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

      I did not get my main spuds in till late so again nothing up yet but then it is blowing a gale and there are frosts forecast for tomorrow night so I am not too worried. But I am concerned about the sweetcorn and squashes because they will be ready to put out next week and I cannot put them out if this wind keeps up. It has been blowing all day and knocking down the aquilegias. Courgette plants won’t last two minutes! Fingers crossed.

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