This year I’ve stuck with the same cucumber variety as always because I have always had luck with Marketmore. I’ve again made use of the brilliant Paper Potter gift given to me a few years back to make recycled newspaper pots for my plants.
Variety: Golden Delight
This is the first time that I’ve attempted to grow Golden Delight courgettes so you can imagine the joy that I experienced when I discovered the amazing colour of the seeds. They are definitely the brightest I’ve seen. Hopefully the plants will be just as impressive.
Variety: Cos Lettuce
Sowing French Beans
I had a lot of success sowing my Sweet Peas in loo rolls last year so I’m attempting the same technique with my French Beans this year of filling the roll to approximately the 3/4 mark, placing the seed in and lightly covering. I had a good crop last year and had seeds left over so I’m growing the same climbing variety.
The nest building continues
A view from my bird box
I bought this bird box a couple of years back and had no luck in the first year. I was totally excited in February when I noticed a Blue Tit flying back and forth from the bird box shedding the wood chippings I’d placed inside. I was pretty gutted when the bird didn’t return after that day, thinking that it would never return. Imagine my surprise therefore when a month later the bird returned to the box and began to create a nest. I want to try to keep a diary of the activities in the box so here goes…
Thus far the Blue Tit has been bringing in bits and pieces to create the nest. Her activity as been mostly in the morning.
On my recent visit to Naples I noticed Bourgainvillea growing everywhere. It was so nice to see some bright colour still this late in the year (though I’m happy to return home to the autumnal colours).
Sedum plants are a great Autumnal flower and I’m hoping to plant some in my garden.
Plump leaves act as reservoirs to contain water.
Waxy outer coat - doesn’t lose any moisture through transpiration.
Easy to take root - whenever it touches soil.
Butterflies and bees love these plants.
Sedum Herbstfreude (Autumn Joy)
Sedum ‘Joyce Henderson’
Sedum Spectabile (Stardust)
Divide every three or four years
Put stakes or sticks in and cut down to 6 inches in May to help stop them from flopping
The Evolution of my Courgettes
I’ve been thinking that it’s probably a good idea to take note of what’s grown well and what’s done badly this year so I can maybe take ideas from this for next year. One of my successes this year has to be my courgette plants (which are still trying to fruit now).
I grew two Courgette plants this year, one of which I sowed and one that I bought. They were both planted in my vegetable patch and have both done really well. Luckily they didn’t all grow at once and I’ve had a pretty good harvest from both plants including some of the largest and prettiest yellow Courgettes that i’ve ever seen.
Planting out Spinach ‘Reddy’
I sowed these seeds in an egg box and have found the process of planting them out so simple because of this. The cardboard was very easy to handle and each plant was easily separable as the card can be torn.
I prepared the soil until it was light andy crumbly and measured the final locations using bamboo. I am hoping to grow large leaves so I have planted the spinach in rows of approximately 45 cm apart and with 30cm between each plant.
I have made small soil warming squares in hope that this will aid the growth of my seedlings.
The Living Rainforest - Newbury
I visited the Living Rainforest a couple of months ago and really loved it. The first two photographs are of the Pitcher Plant, a carnivorous plant which lures prey into pitfall traps and absorbs their nutrients. Some larger species can even digest mice and lizards.