Saturday, April 24, 2021

from garden diary. photos in a week maybe... lol


8/4/21                   19.6        5.6          -1.5

10/4/21                23.8        22.3        -1.2

11/4/21                20.5        18.3        -1.2        out of room in the greenhouse, no more seed trays.. lol... I’ve a few old yellowing lids in the shed, will dig them out. Turned over the middle bed with horse poop, need to get more worms too.

16/4/21                29.3        14.3        -1.9

17/4/21                27.9        11.3        2.2          greenhouse gets too hot. Poor germination with onions and red/green sweet peppers, have re-sown Walla Walla and Rossi  oninons , also Asti Rossi and Frigitello sweet peppers.

19/4/21                30           14.5        4.2

20/4/21                37.7        13.8        8.3

21/4/21                45.5        ...            5.5    eeek. hot hot hot

24/4/21                greenhouse reaching ridiculous temperatures during the day.. but is cold in the shaded part.. is a conundrum... .  have seeded today, in the house but intend to put them in the greenhouse tomorrow... Tomatos.... Pomodoro Costoluto Fiontentino.....Pomodoro Ciliegino a Grappolo(F1 Red Bunch)...Tomato Tigerella.. Tomato Raspberry Oxheart. .

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

a couple of pics from Saturday

in the greenhouse with the sun on his back.

 filling up the shelves with seed trays.

Sunday, April 04, 2021



todays pickings of purple sprouting broccolli and chives, about to be made into an omlette and eaten for dinner. 

I'm tired out from work, weary of the changing weather. 

following are temperatures and what's been sown in the greenhouse, as typed into my garden diary adn copied and pasted to here.

22/3/21                18.7        11.8        3.8

27/3/21                19.1        9.9          2.2          sown  ===some more Cipolla Rossa Di Tropea Onion as they just don’t look like germinating, Blumen Sapore Italiano. === Pepper Largo De Reus Pairal, More Veg.=== Pepper Quadrato  Asti Rosso, Blumen Sapore Italiano===Carrot Ideal, baby type.. for little first carrots.Suttons===Courgette Black Beauty===Pumpkin Small Sugar===Cucumber Lemon===Leaf Beet Perpetual Spinach, More Veg===Spinach Giant Nobel===

31/3/21                21.2        9.7          4.2

2/4/21                   21.9        2.1          0.3

3/4/21                   27.3        21.9        2.1

4/4/21                   20.1        12.8        1.5          sown === Cauliflower Romanesco, Suttons === Cauliflower Snowball Y Improved, Sow n Grow===  Broccolli Continuity,Suttons === Broccoli Walthan, Sow n Grow=== Kale Vates Blue Scotch Curled, Sow n Grow=== Cabbage or Kale Cavalo Nero di Toscana,  Blumen Sapore Italiano  === Cabbage Winter Jewel, Suttons === Cabbage Savoy Perfection, Sow n Grow=== Green Pepper Pepperone Friggitello, Blumen Sapore Italiano=== Chard Ruby Red, Sow n Grow === Chard Lucullus, Sow n Grow=== Collards Vates, Sow n Grow=== Brussells Sprouts Long Island Improved, Sow n Grow === Arugula, Sow n Grow===  Anise, Sow n Grow===Fennel, Sow n Grow===

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sundays gardening

greenhouse temperatures. max 23 c   current 18.5   min 2.5c    seeding herbs and wild flower mix into new seed tray/propagator; coriander, sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley and re-sown onion seeds, Cipolla Rossa Di Tropea.

old propagator lids on the left.. look how yellow they are compared to the nice new clear ones. will use the old ones till they fall apart, they've given good years of use.

 bookmark from Wildside, keeping place
favourite gardening book. I reccomended this to a friend who unfortunately bought the 'new edition' which I've looked at and don't like at all.. the author has changed his views and ways of doing things over time.. so I'll only recommend the old edition, not the new one... what suits some people doesn't suit others.
I've been piling horse poop on top of this bed for a couple of weeks, bringing home a couple of bags at a time in the car.
that's it dug in now, weeds removed, stones removed. I know its not been tended well for a number of years but the soil seems such poor quality.. like its never been dug over before... oh well, it can only improve with work and time.
these are snakeshead fritillary which were coming up underneath the twisted hazel... its the right time to move snowdrops.. but not these... but, being on my knees removing the snowdrops from under there, I just thought well move them while I'm there... as not likely to want to crawl under again.... hope they survive. snowdrops and fritts now in a place where they can be better seen when they come up next year.

Thursday, March 18, 2021


hyacinths, smell wonderful.
snow on the hills, weather is changeable with some warm days and some not
a good day, out riding.

in the garden, the first little daffodil to flower, its about six inches high, and the purple sprouting broccoli, making a nice colour and providing some to eat, I eat the leaves too, and the last leek, which is a skinny one, but tasty all the same.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

rain on a Saturday

 Empire Biscuit from a local bakery, my favourite. 

not taken record of temperature every day, max 21.9, current 11.5, min 3.9.    Not been the nicest weather though its not freezing,  typical of my days off .. its raining and cold.         

seeds planted today,  7 of Aubergine de Barbentane (More Veg)  and 6 of Pepper Quadrato Asti Rosso (Blumen Sapore Italiano).. these are in a wee mini plastic propagator from B&Q on the windosill in spare room.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

seed list... 2021


temperatures are variable.... we're under snow, and roads have been dreadful. thankfully I had a weeks holiday due so I was able to swap it for this week. 

this time last year I was enthusiastically cleaning out the greenhouse and starting seeds. ... just before lockdown and then was unable to get compost or seed trays as everything was closed down. I'm slightly more organised this year, I have one large bag of compost and several seed trays with new clear lids, still need some stuff but again the shops are ... some open some closed some selling some only selling some stuff .... I hope to get some inner trays, and some larger trays for the tomatoes to sit in.. maybe buckets for them too. will have to wait and see. 


so... seeds left over from last year... and two  seed collections from ebay.. its taken some time to type out , seeds are irresistable.. there are worse habits... lol

Seed List  2021.... eeeeeeek...... lol

  • Asparagus Mary Washington
  • Aubergine De Barbentane (finished now, last of them sown on 20/2/21)
  • Beetroot Boldor F1
  • Beetroot Detroit Dark Red
  • Beetroot Early Wonder Tall Top
  • Broad Bean Express Eleanora
  • Broccoli Purple Sprouting Continuity
  • Broccoli Waltham 29
  • Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved
  • Cabbage Savoy Perfection
  • Cabbage savoy type Cavolo Verza D’Asti  S.Giovanni
  • Cabbage Winter Jewel F1
  • Carrot Ideal
  • Carrot Little Finger
  • Carrot Royal Chantenay
  • Cauliflower Caovolfiore Verde Macerata
  • Cauliflower Romanescu green and white
  • Cauliflower Snowball Y Improved
  • Celery Giant Red
  • Celery Utah
  • Collards Vates
  • Chard Lucullus
  • Chard Ruby Red
  • Chicory Cicoria Rossa Di Treviso
  • Chicory Trestina Da Taglio
  • Chives Middleman
  • Courgette Black Beauty
  • Courgette Golden Griller
  • Courgette Zucchini Bolognese
  • Cucumer  Armenian(wildside)
  • Cucumber Lemon
  • Cucumber Straight Eight
  • Kale Blue Scotch Curled
  • Kale (cabbage) Nero Di  Toscana
  • Kohlrabi  Early White Vienna
  • Leek Blue Solaise (finished now, last of them sown on 2.1.21)
  • Leek Large American Flag
  • Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson
  • Lettuce Iceberg
  • Lettuce Mixed
  • Okra  Clemenson Spineless
  • Onion Walla Walla 
  • Onion Cippolla Rossa Di Tropea
  • Parsnip Hollow Crown
  • Pea Ambassador
  • Pea  Asparagus Pea (not a pea.. lol)
  • Pea Delikat sugarsnap
  • Pea Kelvedon Wonder
  • Pumpkin Small Sugar
  • Pumpkin Sugar Pie
  • Pumpkin Zucca Marina Di Chioggia
  • Radish Cherry Belle
  • Radish White Iceicle
  • Salad Arugula
  • Salad  Baby Leaf Bright and Spicy Mix
  • Salad Corn Salad Vit
  • Salad Curled Cress
  • Salad Endive Green Curled Ruffec
  • Salad Oriental Nice and Spicy Mix
  • Salad Mustard
  • Salad Pak Choi
  • Salad Radiccio Rouge De Verona
  • Salad Rocket
  • Salsify Sandwich Island
  • Spinach Giant Nobel
  • Spinach Giant Winter
  • Spinach Leaf Beet Perpetual  Spinach
  • Sweet Pepper Largo De Reus Pairal
  • Sweet Pepper Peperone Quadrato Asti Rosso
  • Sweet Pepper Peperone Friggitello
  • Tomato
  • Tomato Pomodoro Ciiegino A Grappolo
  • Tomato Pomodoro Costoluto Fiotrntino
  • Tomato Pomodoro Lungo S.Marzano
  • Tomato Pomodoro Pantano Romanesc
  • Tomato Pomodoro Pera D’Abruzzo
  • Tomato Pomodoro Verduro Sardo
  • Tomato Raspberry Oxheart
  • Tomato Tigerella
  • Turnip Purple Top White Globe
  • Turnip Rapa Di Milano Colletto Viola
  • Turnip Rutabaga American Purple Top
  • Turnip Sweetbell F1
  • Turnip Tops (broccoli ?) Cima Di Rapa Barese
  • Winter Squash Butternut Squash
  • Winter Squash Pink Banana Jumbo
  • Winter  Squash Sweet Dumpling



  • Annise
  • Basil
  • Basil Basilico Italiano Classico
  • Caper Cappero
  • Caraway
  • Chervill
  • Coriander
  • Coriander Green Aroma
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mint Pennyroyal
  • Oregano Origano
  • Parsley
  • Parsley Bravour
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Summer Savory
  • Thyme Large Leaf



  • Flowers for Bees and Butterflys
  • Poppy Papaver Orientale New
  • Sunflower Gelbe Riesen
  • Sunflower Herbstschonheit