Six on Saturday 23/02/2019

Starting off with a comment about weather again! Despite the weather forecast man talking about higher temperatures for this time of year and decent spells of sunshine, that doesn’t always apply when you live near the sea. We have had a few glorious days this week but Thursday and Friday have been overcast with a chill in the air and yesterday, Friday, being dull, dank and drizzly.

However, spring is definitely in the air and everything has come along leaps and bounds.

1. Crocuses (again)

I was beginning to wonder if these crocuses would ever flower, the leaves poked through weeks and weeks ago. All of a sudden with the help of sunshine there is a mass of yellow – such a wonderful springtime colour.

2. Sweet peas

I don’t sow sweet pea seeds in autumn. I don’t soak them overnight. I don’t chit them. These were sown into root trainers about 4-6 weeks ago. Whilst I had them in a propagator indoors until they sprouted, I then moved them outside on to my patio to give them good light. I cover them at night, and when we had a couple of below freezing nights I wrapped the propagator in bubble wrap. Not all the seeds came through, I put 3 seeds in each trainer, only 1 to 2 seeds germinated but I have about 30 plants so not bad. I do have some more on the go, sweet peas catch up very quickly.

3. Seeds

On the 16th, last Saturday, I had a seed sowing session. I am not a great fan of tomatoes and do question each year as to whether I should grow them, but I always grow some although not sure why. Perhaps it’s because it’s expected of you to have home grown tomatoes! I had a free packet of Tomato ‘Maskotka‘, a cherry tomato ideal for baskets. Already they are sprouting.

The top photo is Amaranthus Velvet Curtains’. I only want 3 plants for the cottage garden area on the allotment and had forgotten how quickly they germinate. They appeared in 4 days! I have thinned them out a bit and put them outside undercover so they don’t get too leggy. You can see from the photo they were on a windowsill and stretching towards the light.

4. Potatoes

I have 4 varieties of potatoes, Cara, International Kidney, Maris Piper and Charlotte sitting in egg boxes on my bedroom windowsill. I inspect them daily watching with glee the shoots appear.

5. Rhubarb

The rhubarb on my allotment is going great guns. As it’s inherited I don’t know what variety it is and the lady I took over wasn’t sure either. She did say she thought it might be Champagne. I have no idea how you could find out what it is, but daresay a rhubarb expert would take one look and say “Ah, that is a….”.

6. Making movies

Since taking on the allotment, I have become an avid watcher of YouTube channels by other, more experienced, allotment holders. Whilst I have a couple of books I am a visual learner and found them most useful. Some of you might know I write a blog and I thought it would be fun to set up my own YouTube channel and call it ‘A Diary of Plot 52a’. https://youtu.be/UJiF-dkRKng.

That has been a learning curve but fun, there is a lot more to go to hone it to be watchable. I have learned to hold my iPhone sideways so not to get black lines down the sides. I have learned how to make a little opening piece, trimming and fading. What I need to learn is to avoid wind. It is a very windy, open site and in the last video you can hardly hear what I’m saying, but it’s fun and we are never too old to learn new things.

I’m off to a family ending today so just get cracking and will read all the other contributions to Six on Saturday tomorrow. Meanwhile you can hop over to The Propagator’s blog and see what delights are there.

15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 23/02/2019

  1. I am so glad that it wasn’t just here that suffered in damp, drizzly and foggy days this week – often I think I live in an alternative universe to the rest of the country! Must admit I do like growing tomatoes and chillies – nothing like a fresh tomato off the vine. But I do need to order some larger pots!

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  2. I sowed my sweet peas in october and I’m not sure if I’ve really gained anything. They look quite moth eaten compared to yours. Lovely Six, hope the wedding went smoothly.

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    1. Time will tell re sweetpeas I need to make sure they keep happy and not too straggly until ready to go out 😀. The wedding was great, glasses constantly topped up and a free bar is not always good news 🤪

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  3. I am really looking forward to your youtube channel! Great blog post!

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    1. Thank you. There is a link to the YouTube vlog on no. 6 of my SoS. Each video as I get to know how to do them should get better!

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  4. You made me want to sow annuals like amaranths… isn’t it a bit early for annuals? I wanted to wait until mid March

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    1. Hi! Yes it probably is a bit early, but Amaranthus can be sown from Feb onwards according to the packet and the ‘sowing seed’ urge got the better of me. I will nurture the plants in my cold frame until they are big enough to be allowed outside when it’s warmer! 😂

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      1. I said that but I’m like you… I have already sowed my tomatoes and chilies… 😁

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  5. I have to ask… what is a seed trainer?

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    1. Root trainers are especially deep modules for sowing stuff that likes a long root. Loo rolls work just as well.

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  6. It’s certainly expected of me that I should grow tomatoes. I could get away with not growing almost anything else but I’d not hear the last of it if I skipped tomatoes. Have to be Sungold mind, I’m not allowed anything else.

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  7. You sweet peas are ramping ahead! Mine too tbh but I have just pinched them out too. I’ve been reading about everyone sowing their tomatoes so I must get on!

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  8. I am please to see that the shoots on your potatoes look similar to mine – so that gives me great hope that I’m doing something right.

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    1. Last year I sowed the sweet peas in December. This year leaving until later as I haven’t anywhere to store them while we have building work going on. I’ll have to see if it makes any difference.

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