Well today started out with taking some of my dahlias which I grew from seed and some of my overwintered geraniums to a couple of neighbours and planted them into their gardens and pots.
Then it was back to the tunnels to sow some spicy salad leaves, lettuce and spinach as the warm weather had sent some of the spicy salad ‘sky high’ (bolt). I sowed some lollo rossa, romaine, nymans and a mixed lettuce called all sorts, along with some organic rocket, bright and spicy, oriental leaves and mustard.
Spicy Salad and Lettuce can very easily bolt (go to seed) if it gets too hot which can be a problem under the cover of a poly tunnel 😦
Rocket can also bolt but the flowers make really nice addition to your salad bowl 🙂
I also gave the tomatoes a good pruning by pinching out, side shooting and getting rid of those suckers 🙂 from the indeterminate tomato plants and gave them and all the other veg a good watering and feed.
These are the Tamina tomato plants. They have leaves that are more like a potato than a tomato. They are a great plant and give a high yield of medium sized fruits.
This is a Black Russian Tomato Plant which produces massive deep purple/black fruits
Love my tomato plants but the side shooting/suckering is a long job when you have well over a 100 plants. I use the velcro garden tape which makes tying them up a much easier job.
I have been working on my video about the chili/pepper plants and hopefully will upload it tomorrow but I have had a few technical issues with my computer which hopefully is now sorted so stay tuned!
This is how the rockery looked in June 2013
Well its been another great day today, lots happening. Managed to do a small bit of weeding but there is still loads….and I mean loads to do.
I thought I would just give you a quick update on the rockery that I planted up a couple of months ago. It is not easy when you live at the foothill of a mountain. Most of the land around our home is solid rock, so having a garden with flower borders was a bit of a challenge which I rose to and as you will see from the photos I have managed to add some real colour to what was already beautiful scenery.
This is how the rockery looks now in August 2013 🙂
Bees are the most important part of my garden. Here is one working hard buzzing around doing its job 🙂
The buddleia plays a really important part in our garden attracting bees and these beautiful peacock butterflies 🙂
This beautiful dahlia was grown from seeds collected from last years blooms!
Creating a flower rockery/border like this takes a lot of effort and an amazing amount of flowers, so I do try and save the seeds from the dahlias and the french marigolds each year. Stay tuned to my blog and I will show you how to save your flower seeds and how to sow and grow them next year.