Sunday, 17 May 2009

In The Green House

This year growing in the green house are Runner Beans, Carrots, Pumpkins and Cabbages

In The Green House

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Time To Clear The Weeds

Been busy the last few days clearing the weeds from my Vegetable Patch for the coming year

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Start of a new year

That time is coming to start digging

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Emma Wiggins Croydon Council

Well i'm sorry to say the vegetable patch maybe a no go as we back onto a park in croydon and have a problem with footballs coming over into the garden as the fence the council put up is not higher enough so most weeks even days footballs come over and destroy the veg i planted, and after getting in contact with Emma Wiggins director of environment, cultural & public protection of croydon council who in her words said there not going to do anything about the problem as it's good enough for them i may have to put the vegetable patch on hold which is a shame when your trying to do your bit for the environment and grow your own

So if you would like to support me in this matter please write or phone Emma Wiggins and tell her what you think of Croydon Council who will not do anything about this problem

Emma Wiggins director of environment, cultural & public protection
10th Floor, Taberner House
Park Lane

Email Emma Wiggins

020 8726 6000

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Saturday, 26 April 2008

The Vegetable Patch

The first post of many as me and my nephew start growing are own veg

The bit of ground we are using is normally used to cultivate weeds all year round so may as well put it to some good.
So after a good few hours we had all the weeds out and the ground nice and clear ready for the seeds and plants

The Vegetable Patch

The veg we are planing to grow are Runner Beans, Carrots, Brussel sprouts "yuck" and Tomatoes plus for some strange reason a Conker tree

The Vegetable Patch

Runner Beans

First to be planted are the Runner Beans which i've put in pot's for a while before there planted in the ground to give them a helping hand as last year i planted the seeds straight outside and they never came up so fingers crossed this year we get some

Sow seeds from late May to the end of June 5cm (2in) deep and 23cm (9in) apart.
Alternatively, for an earlier crop, sow the beans in 10cm (4in) pots at the end of April indoors and plant out at the end of May 23cm (9in) apart.
The traditional method of growing is to sow a double row with the two rows 45cm (18in) apart; this makes supporting the plants easier.

Runner beans need a support to climb up. The traditional method is to grow them individually up inwardly sloping 2.4m (8ft) tall bamboo canes tied near their top to a horizontal cane. If you slope the bamboo canes so that they meet in the middle and tie them here so that the ends of the canes extend beyond the row you will find picking is easier and the yield is usually better.

Info from Royal Horticultural Society

Well was down the green house just the other day to give the seeds a water so as the weather has been hot the last few days i went down there today to find my seeds now have shoots growing which has been about two weeks for when they were first sowed

Runner Beans

Finally planted the runner beans outside this evening but before i did i dug a trench and filled with some multi purpose compost before planting then once in gave them a good watering

Runner Beans

Runner Beans

Runner Beans

Conker Tree

Not sure why my nephew wants a conker tree planted in the garden as it's going to take a few hundred years before we can have a game :)

So fingers crossed from the pic above where going to get below :(


Sowed the tomatoes seeds today in pot's to let them grow in the green house for a few weeks before they go outside

Sow at 18C (65F). Sow in either seed trays or small pots. Transplant into 7.5-9cm (3-3.5in) pots when two true leaves have formed.
Greenhouse cultivation: sow from mid-January to early February (heated greenhouse) or late February to mid-March (unheated greenhouse).
Outdoor cultivation: sow in late March to early April.
Young plants are available from garden centres in spring and are a good bet where you can't maintain the right conditions for germination and growing on.

Transfer to 23cm (9in) pots, growing-bags or plant 45-60cm (18-24in) apart outside when the flowers of the first truss are beginning to open; plants for growing outdoors should be hardened off first.
Tie the main stem to a vertical bamboo cane or wind it up a well-anchored but slack sturdy string. Those grown as bush or hanging basket types do not need support.
Remove the sideshoots regularly when they are about 2.5cm (1in) long. Those grown as bush or hanging basket types do not need to have sideshoots removed.

Info from Royal Horticultural Society

The lawn

On a side job the lawn needed doing so made a start which when cleared i'm going to re-turf

Tip of the day don't do gardening in white trainers :)

Spent the morning clearing the rest of the grass so tomorrow will level off ready for the turf

Got the lawn done today which cost about £15 for 6 rolls of turf which isn't to bad and only took about an hour to lay
just got to water twice a day and make sure the cat's keep off :)


Carrots are in which have also been potted up for a few weeks in green house

Sow 13mm (0.5in) deep in rows 15cm (6in) apart. Sow thinly to avoid thinning out, or thin to 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart.
Early cultivars can be sown as soon as February or March under cloches or similar protection, but the main sowing season is from April to early July.

Be careful when thinning out to avoid carrot rootfly - they are attracted by the smell released when the skin is bruised.
Keep the soil evenly moist to avoid splitting.
Keep weeds at bay as carrots can easily be swamped by them.

Info from Royal Horticultural Society

Looks like the carrots have started growing as the first lot of shoots have appeared after just one week

carrot seeds shoots growing

Friday, 25 April 2008


Never grown a courgette in my life and thinking of i've never eaten one ever but may as well give growing them a go

So as with the rest there potted up for a few weeks

Sow two or three seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep outdoors in late May or early June and cover with cloches, jars or plastic; leave in place for two weeks, or as long as possible, after germination. Thin the seedlings to leave the strongest one.
For earlier crops or in cold regions sow seeds on their side 13mm (0.5in) deep indoors in 7.5cm (3in) pots of compost from mid- to late April at 18-21C (65-70F). Harden off before planting outside in early June.

Make planting pockets 60cm (2ft) apart for bush varieties or 1.2m (4ft) apart for trailers two weeks before seed sowing or planting. The pockets should be 30cm (12in) square and deep and filled with a mixture of compost or well-rotted manure and soil; leave a low mound at the top of the planting medium. Sprinkle a general fertiliser over the soil. Covering the soil with black polythene will help growth and keep the fruit off the soil. Put one plant into the top of the mound.

Info from Royal Horticultural Society

You got to love the hot weather as everything is growing and shooting as today my courgettes have sprung to life with them showing shoots after about 2 weeks

Courgettes went out today so i'm on snail guard for a few weeks

Update 09/08/2008

Been a few months since i posted any news on how the vegetables are doing as been a little busy, so find the fruits or should that be vegetables of my labor :)

Courgettes growing garden uk

Courgettes growing garden uk