Full steam ahead

10 May

Mr MIDDLETON says: Little and often is the golden rule with fertilizers; a little less rather than a little more.


1. Plant out celery and celeriac.- Celery is normally planted out in trenches in single or double rows….celery being a bog plant requires an abundance of water. Dust with old soot often, to keep the celery fly away. Celeriac, which is grown for its turnip-like root, requires a rich soil and much feeding to get really good roots.

2. Thin out seedlings.- Many rows of seedlings will need thinning out from time to time. This can be done at one stage, though normal practice is to do it twice. The first time the rows are reduced and specimens left about twice as thick as is necessary. This leaves plenty to cover failures. The alternate plants are removed at the final thinning. With carrots the disturbance of the row loosens the soil and permits the carrot fly to lay its eggs near the roots of the plants, and the pungent smell attracts the pest. Immediately after thinning, the rows should be watered and naphthalene hoed in along each side of the rows.

3. Onions and Their Enemies.-

4. Plant Cucumbers.-

5.- Sow Swedes and Turnips.-

6.- Sow and Plant.- Sow maincrop beet and haricot beans. Plant out late cauilflowers and New Zealand spinach. Apply mulches to any fuit trees that need it. Protect beans outside if weather is unseasonable.

I have only just transplanted my celeriac so it is too early for me to plant outside just yet. I bought some celery plants from a new shop just opened in town selling only local produce. I’m all in favour of supporting anything like that. The plants have been slow to pick up but are putting on new growth now.

We had a drop of rain last week but with these winds the soil has soon dried out again and l am having to continue to water. Carrots are up but very slow in putting any growth on. Unlike my spuds under cover that are truly romping away.

Spuds under cover

A little pearl

A couple more weeks and we should be eating our first plate of new potatoes, with a big dollop of butter, of course!

Salad & Herbs

The salad plants are the cut and come again variety so there is no need to thin them. Of course, if you did, then the plant can also be used in a salad. I LOVE coriander leaf, especially in curries, so l tend to grow a lot of this!

Bean poles with willow

I have weaved some willow into the bean poles so that the sweet peas have something more to cling onto in their fight to get going. Even these small plants are sending out flowers already.

Me & Bertha

On a sadder note, l am afraid l have lost dear Bertha, probably to the fox. Every day l let them out into the field and it is  lovely to see them scratching about, having a dust bath, chasing off other birds but on Friday night Bertha never returned. She was a heavy girl and, as far as l know, never laid an egg in her life. She was a pet and a cuddly one at that! I will miss her.


Posted by on May 10, 2010 in May, The garden, Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Full steam ahead

  1. Sarah

    May 10, 2010 at 07:57

    Sorry to hear about Bertha – it is always sad when a pet chicken like her goes.

  2. Sarah

    May 10, 2010 at 07:58

    PS to add – I’m very envious of your magnificent bean poles!

  3. Jo

    May 10, 2010 at 10:39

    I’m sorry to hear about Bertha, but it sounds like she had the perfect life, scratching about to her hearts content. I too am looking forward to eating the first potatoes covered in lots of melted butter. Your bean poles look wonderful with the willow weaved amongst them.

  4. trevorhunt

    May 10, 2010 at 11:58

    Hi Jo & Sarah, Thank you both for your kind comments. I know she was only a hen but they all have individual characters. She was a real character and one that will be hard to replace.
    I love my bean poles too!

  5. ninasgardeningnotebook

    May 12, 2010 at 17:48

    I am so sorry to hear about Bertha, that is so, so sad. At least you gave her a fantastic life … animals are always extended family members really aren’t they? On the veg side of things your beanpoles look wonderful…what lucky beans you have (shhh! don’t tell mine!). I tried growing celery from seed last year, pretty much a disaster and very very slow. Unfortunately by the time it was harvestable (not a real word I am sure) the frosts had started and it was reduced to mush-so no reward for my painstaking hours of care! 🙂

    • trevorhunt

      May 15, 2010 at 13:19

      Hi Nina,
      Sorry for the delay in replying but we have our first guests arriving in our gite today so its been a bit manic here! I still think l see Bertha plodding along in the grass but its either the cat or one of the others. I’ve warned them about the fox but they don’t take any notice! There is so much to do here in the garden. Still there is always next week!


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