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Growing our own – June 2014

2014′s attempt at growing our own veg hasn’t been quite as enthusiastic as last years. This might be due to a colder Spring, starting earlier this time, or because Ana and I have done it once before so it’s not such an exciting learning curve? But either way, we are persevering and still learning a few bits a long the way.

You may remember from our last post on this subject that we planted some salad in a window box – Rocket and Gem lettuce. Rather confusingly our Rocket looks like this -
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Not quite what we expected! I discovered from a quick internet search that apparently the plant has bolted and gone to flower because the soil was too dry, which does make sense because the rain doesn’t water the window box as much as you might expect it to, and as it has been raining so much, we have hardly watered the plants by hand. We wont be eating any of this rocket, but I’m pleased to have learnt something for next time.

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I’m not sure we’ll be eating any of this lettuce either. It has been so slow to grow, I think possibly again because the soil was too dry, and also the seeds were too closely packed together. I have picked out a few mini plants to create a little more space for the remaining salad to grow so we’ll just have to wait and see…

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These Brussel Sprouts are also growing painfully slow. Again I don’t know if we planted too early, or if the size of the pot is just far too small for anything to happen, or we should just be more patient…

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Another disaster to report is our Sunflowers. They were growing great but too many in one pot so I decided to replant them. Taking them out of the original pot however was not easy and in the process I accidently broke the stems of ALL of them in two! :( This sad looking pot is our next attempt at them. The bottle top is a make shift cloche that Ana decided to use, though I must replace it with one that actually covers the seeds…

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This box contains our spring onions and tomato plant. We didn’t originally plant tomatoes here, but the carrots that were there didn’t last long (pesky slugs and snails) so we replanted the tomato plant in their place. The radishes have all been picked and eaten and were actually very tasty! I say that with an exclamation mark because I don’t ordinarily like radishes.

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Many (as can be seen with the top radish) were eaten by pests and so the pebbles in the growing box are our pitiful attempt at stopping this. Then the radishes that escaped the slugs were soon enjoyed by me instead.

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Underneath this cloche are the tiny seedlings of mixed salad that I had free from somewhere, only just planted. I was only going to scatter a few seeds, but Ana had a different idea and emptied the whole packet, so we’ll see how these turn out…

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I think there are peppers growing here, but I’m not even sure. They need replanting really, but I thought I’d just see how they got on where they are.

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I’m pleased to say not all our carrots failed! These are looking beautiful.

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And our potato plants have started to flower! Last year our potato plants didn’t flower at all, even though we still had lovely potatoes. I’m looking forward to digging for some fresh potatoes soon.

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Our Spinach beet isn’t looking too hot…

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But I haven’t killed our peas yet…

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This is our third attempt at growing butternut squash this year. Fingers crossed…

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And under here was a tiny seedling that those naughty slugs had half eaten, so we covered it quick. It looked suspiciously like one of the butternut squash seeds we had planted early spring that I thought had failed. It’s not doing much under this make-shift cloche, but at least I’m foiling those slugs for a short time.

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This is where those poor sunflowers ended up :( in our compost trench.

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I’m going to end this post with a final picture of our potatoes and carrots growing because it looks like we’re having a successful growing year from this angle of the garden! I can taste those yummy Jacket Potatoes already :)

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