In this part of the country we have managed at least 5 days of no rain, hard frosts each night yes…. but no rain.
I had a list of jobs that I really need to accomplish in the garden, and I had a list of jobs that came under the heading: Would be nice to get done, but don’t kill yourself.
I got some fence repairing done, forked over where my footprints were left in the border whilst fixing the fence, forked over the compacted soil around where I built my new greenhouse in my Last update post.
After all the winter rain the edges of my borders have melded into the lawns so I set about redefining the edges.
That should help when edging the lawn after mowing.
I had a poke about in my older greenhouse at my Onion seedlings and I’m just not happy with them.
Now I have grown Onions from sets before, but I really quite like sowing seeds, last year I had an excellent crop of onions which I grew from seed sown over Christmas, they were so good in fact I had to dig them up in the summer to stop them getting any bigger, (I like a medium sized onion).
So late last year whilst perusing a seed sale at a Garden Centre I purchased some Red Onions seeds, these were sown on Boxing Day last Christmas, as I usually do, and nothing happened. For several weeks nothing happened, then just a few pathetic seedlings appeared, unfortunately that was it.
*Hmmm I thought, I’ve been sold rubbish seed. So I placed an online order with a seed company to get some new, different Red Onions.
(*Crap I thought).
These too have proved to be a bit rubbish…. See below.
You see i’m going to run a tight ship this year, when one crop ends another is being planted into the same place a bit pronto, and I just can’t have slow onions holding up crops.
I made the decision to dash to a local nursery today and buy a few loose Red Onion sets in order to try and make up for lost growing time.
Now I know Onions are not rare, expensive or unusual, but I like it when if I fancy an onion I can pop into the garden and harvest one there and then. So there.
I had a poke about in my shed to see what fertilizers I had that I could apply to my pending Onion bed, and I found a product I purchased early last year.
Vitax Organic Potato Fertilizer 1kg.
I paid roughly £6 for this box last year as I was growing Potatoes in sacks, however when I opened it I discovered it was mini pelleted Chicken poo.
Now, nowhere on the packaging is it stated what it’s made out of, surley if it comes out of a chicken’s bum then it should say so. If I had known it was Chicken Poo Pellets then I would have just bought a big tub of Chicken Poo Pellets from the DIY store for half the price for 3 times the amount.
So please note: This product is expensive shit.
My late winter sown Broad Beans have enjoyed the sunshine that we had recently that i’ve had to stake each plant as they were starting to suffer with wind rock, with 15 short canes in place should mean that I get a decent crop later in the year.
Now the eagle eyed among you may have noticed a large white addition to the raised bed behind the beans, according to the non-gardening man of the household it’s a tent for Ronnie Corbett.
Or as I call it, a cheap fleece tent for when I plant out some early peas.
Although I admit I prefer the tent story.
Finally today I noticed my Strawberry plants that are growing in a wall planter were looking a little under the weather.
Strawberry plants do generally die back over the winter, but these looked…..odd.
I had some potted runners from last years plants and I intended to plant these into gaps in between the existing odd looking strawberries…………..
I tipped out the containers…..
And found my worst nightmare…….
Horror of horrors….. Vine Weevil were eating the roots of my Strawberries, this is the reason why my plants looked *odd.
But only 1 Larvae, I could easily control 1 larvae.
But then I emptied another container…
This is terrible news, I last had Vine Weevil in my garden about 3 years ago, it infested my Fuchsia containers, I controlled it back then by dumping all my containers into a skip, and I’ve not planted up any containers until recently.
After that I was confident that Vine Weevil was no longer a problem, so that i’ve got arriving in the next few weeks 12 baby Fuchsia plants from a specialist nursery, and a box of plug plants for hanging baskets and other containers.
I am also planning to grow quite a bit of edible stuff in containers this year, so this infestation is terrible news….
I’ve got to work out how to control the current infestation and work out how i’m going to protect all my new containers throughout the coming year. Sodding warm winters.!
To Be Continued……..