Free Seed planting time

End of summer is nigh but its never too late to sow some crops. All that free seed on the front of gardening Mags I have brought this past year is now going to supply Veg and salad. Rocket can be sowed now it will take around 14 days for the seedlings to appear then you can harvest it as baby leaf without having to thin your sowings or take some baby leaves and leave other plants to mature. Same with Kale One good for baby leaves pickings is Toscana although it can take up to 28 days to produce seedlings but most times much sooner still plenty of time if you cover with fleece to get plenty of baby leaves. Scarlet globe radish will produce a good crop before the end of October if sowed now while soil is still warm. Sow Turnips such as Purple Top Milan you should get some golf ball sized veggies to eat before winter sets in. Always Best when young and sweet. Lettuce sowing too out of the many types I prefer salad bowl for late sowings as they can be sowed and harvested until November outside or longer if you sow in a greenhouse setting. Be quick and a sowing of Mizuna will produce many baby leaves you could keep sowing if the weather is mild for a continued supply. Fleece comes in handy if frost is forecast. Sow cauliflowers now as well for a earlier crop maybe January or slightly later weather dependant maybe late December you never know. Fleece plants if weather overly cold. This week I will also dead head buddleia shrubs and cut the tops off Tomato’s plants and de-leaf them to help what’s left ripen and give then an extra feed. Chillies will need less water but I will water lightly with some added Tomato feed. Weeds appear this time of year as if by magic so I will keep up the weeding as well. Hopefully the guy who keeps a BBQ going everyday it during the summer will get fed up of charcoal flavoured food and give my lungs a break from the fumes. My garden is like an outside room to me and this guy just seems to always be at his BBQ. I like to dry washing as when the day is dry but this summer its been almost impossible with BBQ Bob sending his smoke my way every time the sun has appeared. The plants might like the extra carbon in the air but my lungs definitely do not. Here’s to the Autumn and dare I say Christmas is starting to loom but still plenty of gardening to do until then.

Today rain Yesterday Sun

Most awesome sunset yesterday gave way to rain all day today.
Just basket and pot and greenhouse watering along with a few snail removals and weed pulling.
Noticed a few plants needed supporting with canes but a day with almost no garden action.

Sunshine and showers

Decided to empty greenhouse of left over bedding plants and make use of a bit of border where a new pond will eventually be as and when I get the time and money to complete it.Gardening while it can be mainly free still does require a fair bit of expenditure but if one recycles and keeps a look out for things others don’t want anymore it can be done cheaply. But things like pond liners don’t just come along for free. But the benefit for local insect life and frogs and birds will be well worth it. Got a start on the front garden today and this poses a problem as many people make small talk with you as they pass and I try not to bore them to death with plant facts which in turn makes time an issue as there is never enough time. Still its nice to receive comments like “that looks wonderful” or “My what a beautiful garden” amongst others.
I never really like eye contact and weeding is great for chatting and not having to keep looking at the person your chatting with. I also cleaned the greenhouse floor and shelves today found around 10 snails and many more slugs waiting for a feast under plant trays and shelving. There is a large field behind here so I collect them and despatch them over the fence. They are most likely the same ones I find every few days coming back for more grub. Many gardeners kill them by drowning them in beer traps or using slug pellets I find it better to walk round collect them and despatch them to the field. Its a cloudy evening so it will do no harm to water the hanging baskets now instead of later.