Leafyleith's Blog

April 24, 2013

Let’s get ready to rhumble!

seed selection

At long last, spring is in the air and we are ready to rhumble.

I stopped off at the Allium Garden Centre on the way down from Inverness just after Easter and selected some seeds. I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I was totally swayed by the packaging of Marshalls, so they got my business.

This year I’m going for:

Beetroot – Detroit 2 Crimson Globe and Baby Beet Action

French Bean (climbing) – Cobra

Broad Bean – Jade

Carrot – Rainbow

Spring Onion – Furio

Lambs Lettuce – Elan

Pak Choi – Summer Breeze

Spinach – Amazon

I also want to get some peas (which were my main success last year) and some climbing courgette.

According to the packs most can be sown now so, even though I think it’s a bit early, I’m going to give it a go. A couple of weeks ago I put in spinach, broad beans, carrot and spring onion. It’s been very cold, but am pleased to report that the spinach has sprouted. No sign of anything else, so far.

May 15, 2011

And we’re back!

So, where was I? It’s been a while, we’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

Last summer saw a few successes and a few failings. Successfully managed to grow some lovely carrots, pak choi and courgettes in the new raised bed. Failed miserably on the beetroot, sweetcorn and sunflower front. Not sure what happened there, because they were fine the previous year.

And we got a new little Daisy here at Leafyleith. She was the best seedling of all last summer.

This is the main reason why it’s been quiet on the posting front. But the Gaffer and I have been quite busy getting the garden back into shape and ready for year 3 of Leafyleith.

So far, the following seeds have been sown:

  • Beetroot – just in
  • Runner beans – been in for a few weeks, so far no show
  • Dwarf beans – just in
  • French onions – through
  • Parsnips – through
  • Carrots – through
  • Basil – no show, so have re-sown
  • Salad leaves – sporadic, so have re-sown
  • Courgette – just in
  • Fennel – just in
  • Sunflowers – just in (am starting them off in pots in the growhouse, because of last year’s failing)

For some reason I was a bit surprised that the fennel seeds look just like the ones you cook with. Not sure why this surprised me, but it did. Does this mean I could have just sown the ones I have in the kitchen?

April 12, 2010

Raised bed gardening

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Two tonnes of soil and horse manure delivered? Check.
Soil and manure carried through house? Check. (Thanks JB, Neil and Mel.)
Raised bed built and filled? Check.
Seeds sown? Check.

Raised bed gardening is go at Leafyleith.

Many (mainly JB, Neil and Mel) have asked about the merits of raised beds, so I am hoping for a good harvest this year to prove that raised bed gardening really works.

And what a transformation, don’t you think?

It’s been a glorious weekend – 18 degrees for the last couple of days – which has been rather welcome and a bit unheard of in these parts at this time of year.

I’ve probably been a bit premature but I couldn’t resist sowing a few seeds, just to test out the new arrival.

So down the far end, I’ve sown radish, rocket and lettuce (Lollo Rosso and an Italian mixed leaf selection), just a couple of rows of each, but the sunshine on Leith is set to continue for the rest of the week, so hopefully they will germinate.

Meanwhile, Cat War continues… The chicken wire is working a treat, however they are now using the flower bed on the other side. And they don’t even have the decency to dig a hole.

April 21, 2009

Going gardening crazy

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 8:48 pm
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I think I’m getting a bit obsessed with this gardening lark. It’s really quite addictive.

The last few days I’ve been concentrating on herbs and vegetables.  It’s been quite warm and sunny. It may have got my guard down and made me plant too prematurely. But isn’t it looking lovely?

march 2009

The sweetpeas are coming on a treat in the growhouse. I’ve bought some plastic tubs to plant some veg. We don’t really have a lot of room, so thought the extra space could come in handy.

The small vegetable patch is located beside a big hedge. Not the best location apparently. I have reservations about it. It’s only about 1m wide by 3m long. I’m going to give it a go this year, but I’ve got big plans for a raised bed next year. Oooh, get me!

Veg status so far:

  • garlic – in and sprouted
  • carrots – in ground
  • beetroot – in ground and in a tub
  • radish – in ground
  • lollo rosso lettuce – in ground
  • flat leaf parsley – in ground and in the growhouse
  • dill – in ground
  • cumin – growhouse
  • mint – growhouse

I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing. Tried to follow the planting instructions on the seed packets. But getting such conflicting evidence from various blogs. So I’ve sown and will be damned.

There are loads of warnings from Mr Fothergills to not behave too hastily. Just couldn’t help myself. I hope I don’t regret my actions, so I’ve held back on the rest. And a polytunnel is in the post!

In the pipeline:

  • butternut squash
  • pak choi
  • parsnips
  • runner beans
  • courgettes
  • chilli
  • sugar snap peas
  • mange tout

Where the heck am I going to put all this stuff?

April 4, 2009

Let the gardening commence

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 4:06 pm
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Feeling quite excited about the onslaught of spring and have been doing some prep work over the last few weekends.

I found this photo of the place when we moved in last year. So hopefully there will be some sunshine on Leith this summer and the place will just get better and better.

 

Leafy Leith July 2008

The daffodils that I planted last November are still blooming. Can’t say the same about the snowdrops but somebody told me they take a couple of years to establish, so better luck next year, I guess. I spotted the beginnings of some alliums poking through the other day and the red lavender is beginning to sprout some new growth.

The back garden is weeded and have planted some honeysuckle and clematis. This should cover the back wall along with a couple of flame flowers and a boston ivy – going for a red theme out back.

I’ve germinated some sweet peas and potted them up tonight. The sunflowers and poppies and the bee magnet seeds are in the ground already.

A little lean-to growhouse arrived today so once that’s erected I will be all set to go.  Got some seeds in the post from Mr Fothergills… 

Sadly, a cat seems to think my soon-to-be veg patch is a giant litter tray, so I have to work out how to get rid of him.

So that’s me for now. I’m planning to use this as my online gardening diary, thought it was a great way of keeping track of what’s going on.

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