Stourport 2010

Stourport 2010
Winning vase 5x 'Sarah Louise'

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring has sprung...

Well it has been a while since I posted my last entry but I'm back and wow have things grown! My welsh seedling and Cumbrian leeks are now in 5 litre pots. They are still in the protection of the heated greenhouse with a minimum temperature of 10c. I shall plant into their final positions in the tunnel direct from these pots. I shall then start blanching the plants with damp course.
Native di niort shallots are hardening off, potatoes are chitting marvellously I just have to sieve the remaining bags of peat for the polypots. I have sprouts, red cabbage and calabrese ready to pot on. Just pricked out some cabbage minic ole and kalibos. Vent onions are growing away in 6 packs and derek raw onions are in 3" pots. Peter Glazebrook onions are far from heavy but have about 6-7 leaves and are in 1litre pots.
Xanths are romping away after a slow start but I'm happy as I've spoke to several national growers and they have struggled for cutting material as they've lost alot of stock.
Dahlia cuttings are just rooting after losing a lot as they just went black. This happens to me every year when I try to take the cuttings nice and early so I find it much more practical to take the cuttings later on when they are less inclined to rot and more inclined to root.
I'm sure you'll agree hasn't the weather been fantastic of late and things have really shot up! The cordon sweet peas are ready to be planted and I have another batch to sow. Largest sunflowers are just germinating. Parsnips in the barrels are through and looking quite strong seedlings. This week I shall be sowing sweet candle carrots and planting out spring sown broad beans. Got coffee morning down the allotment Wednesday morning and off to see a fellow shower and grower in Worcestershire on Thursday to have a nose and see how his stuff compares with mine! I will post some photos soon but camera had to be sent away as it was faulty so I have a lot of catching up to do with my photo taking.