Spring Gardening 2015

It’s that time of the year again when we get out our seeds and eagerly wait for a perfect day to plant them. I’ve really been looking forward to it this year. During Easter holidays, after all the Easter crafts and excitement, last week seemed the perfect opportunity.

First of all, we had some leftover bonuses from last year. Our Apple tree we some how managed to plant from seed survived the winter…2015-04-05 16.47.04

These aren’t highly visible but below are some plants growing from plant cuttings in our compost heap, the main one being an onion. I replanted them to see what would happen.2015-04-05 16.47.19 We dug a new trench for our compost heap. 2015-04-05 16.47.29

And this is our brussel sprout plant in the pot that we left all winter. It suddenly shot up at the beginning of Spring and has since produced oodles of flowers. Who knows we may get sprouts after all… I had long expected this plant to have just died off, but the roots must have escaped the plant pot and firmly established themselves in the soil below. Because of this we haven’t planted and new brussel sprouts this year.2015-04-09 14.42.57

And our chives are doing amazingly well! We cut them right back and froze the chives we had when it started to get really cold, and they’re just going from strength to strength.

ChivesOur neighbour very kindly donated these seeds to us that he has collected from Gardening magazines, so we are going to plant these for a bit of variety outside of veg.2015-04-06 08.55.28 For a change we were organised and made some name labels for our plants as every other year I’ve completely forgotten what we planted where until they started to grow. We used plain lolly sticks and felt tip pens. It was a quick but fun activity.2015-04-09 09.44.10 So what did we plant?

This year we planted Charlotte potatoes in individual potato bags. We had 5 that came in a set.2015-04-09 14.42.29 My boots had broken so we planted carrots in them.2015-04-09 14.42.43
We planted asparagus, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and tomato seeds under cloches in individual pots. One of our cloches blew away in the wind so we used plastic bags as make shift cloches as well.2015-04-09 14.43.03 As our Salad leaves failed miserably last year as they bolted we planted them in a bigger pot with more sun and more water. They were the first plant to germinate so hopefully we’ll get some salad this year.2015-04-09 14.43.47

And we planted our peas in the ground this year instead of in pots that are obviously too small. Fingers crossed.

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Indoors we planted some basil. The plant to the right is the remains of a supermarket bought one which never last as long as ones you grow yourself, but with a little care some of them bounced back and we’re still harvesting from it.2015-04-09 14.44.33 We also used up our cress seeds on cotton wool, though considering they are one of the easiest things to grow, ours aren’t doing so well… 2015-04-09 14.44.37 Over Easter Ana’s nursery asked that we plant something and take it in to make the nursery look nice, so we planted Cornflower seeds. I was very excited when they germinated before Easter holidays were up, and almost sad to give them away! We’ll probably plant some more in our garden.
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Keep you updated soon on these and other things we have planted.

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