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Archive for May, 2010

We didn’t for one minute suspect that we’d have so many tomato plants. We had sown a whole cell tray thinking if conditions were right, if we crossed our fingers, said the odd prayer and touched wood then we’d maybe have 10 plants. Well it looks like the ‘moneymaker’ variety combined with keeping a close eye on the weather did the trick. Of course in many respects that’s the easy bit, from now on we have to make sure we tie in, pinch out, feed, water enough but not too much….and as for weekends away, well who’s gonna look after our toms? That’s before we even get on to the blight problem! Many people start their veg growing relationship with the tomato, but the truth is the tomato is a demanding partner, and things can go off the rails remarkably easily. But stick with it, be attentive, and learn to live with it’s unique characteristics and it’ll reward your care and patience.

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Our crispy butterhead lettuces will be ready in a month or so but we’re not the only ones who can’t wait to get their gnashers into them. We’ve got competition from the Witney slug population, because for them the butterhead lettuce is party food, and if left to their own devices would return to the buffet for all you can eat. Over the course of the next month we’ll employ a number of cunning strategies in an attempt to outwit them. First up are the circles of bran that we’ll scatter around the lettuces to form a protective barrier, secondly if we’re feeling generous we might drop in the odd beer trap or two, if I can bear to part with even the smallest amount of homebrew. And Finally we’ll resort to the good old search by torchlight at sundown, with the added pleasure of catching them in the act. Here’s hoping one or two of the lettuces remain in tact for the salad plate.

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You can tell when Spring is in full swing when you start to put your peas in. We’ve grown ours in pots first, and now that they’ve got some growth it’s time for them to reach their final resting place. Of course you can sow them direct, but according to John the Chippy our neighbour (and what Chippy John don’t know about gardening ‘aint worth knowing) you could lose ’em to the Burford Rd mice! He also says to ignore the spacings that you read in books and to pack ’em in…….so that’s what we’ve done…..until just before the rains came…..we ran out of pea plants.

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