This year, one of the new crops we’ve tried out has been melons.
We planted Sutton’s Musk (F1 Emir) melon seeds from the James Wong collection – and grew the seedlings on in our greenhouse. The pack says these melons will grow in the UK without a greenhouse but as we had space in ours, and our garden gets a fair bit of wind, we thought they’d do better inside it.
And today we harvested our first melon. We have about another 10 nearly ready, and more coming on. This first one was very sweet and tasty, so melon growing seems to be a success.
There are many benefits to living in Carlingcott – the rolling hills, lovely neighbours… and the cow farm over the road which gives a year-round supply of fantastic manure for our garden!
We’re stocking up again for a second year with manure that we’ll plant our squashes and pumpkins into. They can withstand its potency at the moment, and by next spring it will have rotted down enough for us to dig into the vegetable beds.
Free fertiliser – what more could you ask for? 😀
It has been so cold, and so dark, and so wet, that we’ve barely considered getting our vegetable seeds into the ground. However, despite what the weather might be saying, it is March, so we bought everything into the warm house instead and potted up on the kitchen table.
We’ve got our first load of tomatoes, chillis, peppers, aubergines, and our herbs in – everything that will be bought on in the greenhouse initially. It still feels too cold to be planting outside – that will wait another week!
We used the spreadsheet we put together in January to make sure we didn’t miss anything. We also had all of the seeds ready filed in our new seed box that David’s mother gave us for Christmas, which will make successional sowing easier this year.
I picked up these great seed trays in the garden centre when they were on half price, they allow you to take out individual pots and make transplanting a doddle. Last year we ended up breaking some of the delicate little seedlings because the trays we used allowed all of their roots to tangle, but these should make a big difference.
It feels like it has taken forever for Spring to arrive this year, but finally we’re seeing early signs as our daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops bloom in the garden.
Here are our earliest bloomers, hopefully soon to be joined by far more!
Today we had a visitor to the garden. Asbo Bob as we call our neighbour’s chicken, was roaming around as she does, hanging out on street corners and such. We bought her over and she spent a hour helping us clear the raised beds. Community service. Thanks Asbo Bob!