Chris's Weblog – City Chickens

Rob’s first week off is over and we have been very lucky with the weather. Although the lack of rain has meant lots of  walking back and forth carrying full watering cans we have been able to get loads done on the plot and at home. Both the brassica tunnel and the new cage are fully planted now with sprouts, peas, onions, cabbage and cauliflower. The Asparagus is planted and the fruit tunnel has been tidied, a new path laid and the plants fed.

We have almost completed the digging of the beds and not many weeds are left now. Two loads of wood chip have been dropped and we have made good use of them to refresh paths.

 

The salad tent has been secured and is now fully seeded with spring onions and lettuce.

As the soil on the outside beds become finer we are getting some seeds in and to date have beetroot, onions, celery, a bit early I know, carrots, parsnips, raddish, spinach and chard. We have to prepare a bed for the sweetcorn which should go in next month and another for some overwintering brassicas. The bean trench has had another dig over and looks ready to receive the plants as soon as all threat of frost has passed. The carrot bin has been sown with a mixture of varieties and the courgette bin has had three courgette plants put in under a polythene cloche. All the potatoes are in both in the ground and in bags.

At home the tomatoes and cucumber are planted on into their second pots and a start has been made on the squash and pumpkin seeds which are at the second leaf stage. The melons are not doing too good again this year but I will persevere with them as we have made a hot bed for them at the plot.